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We work to ensure a more representative democracy that delivers results for all Americans through our government, courts, and in new digital town squares.

Volunteers help roll up a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution during a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, October 2010, in Washington. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

What We're Doing

Encouraging professional diversity on the federal bench

Despite recent historic gains, professional diversity on the federal appellate courts is severely lacking, with significant implications for the legal expertise underlying judges’ decisions. Our analysis identifies policy proposals to improve the pipeline for judicial diversity.

Advancing voting rights and countering election sabotage

With states introducing hundreds of bills to disenfranchise voters, new federal election standards are vitally needed. Our research makes the case for these standards and shows how the Freedom to Vote Act would counter state laws seeking to suppress voter turnout and sabotage valid election results.

Addressing social media’s threat to our democracy

In the wake of widespread disinformation about the 2020 general election, social media companies must modify their products and policies to mitigate threats to democratic legitimacy and public safety. We identify concrete steps that could help address health and election-related disinformation.

 

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Reproductive Rights at the Supreme Court Video

Reproductive Rights at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's decisions this term on reproductive health are a reminder of the need for proactive policies that protect reproductive rights.

Kurt Mueller, Jamille Fields Allsbrook, Nora Ellmann, 2 More Juli Adhikari, Maggie Jo Buchanan

How to Fix Gerrymandering Video
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How to Fix Gerrymandering

Implementing voter-determined districts is a sensible way to end partisan gerrymandering and ensure fair representation.

Jasmine Hardy, Alex Tausanovitch

CAP Ideas 2019: A Conversation With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Video
 (CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden speaks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference.)

CAP Ideas 2019: A Conversation With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks with Neera Tanden at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference about the swell of progressive successes in the new House of Representatives and the path forward.

Why Courts Matter in the Trump Era Video

Why Courts Matter in the Trump Era

The importance of the federal court system becomes increasingly apparent as the Trump administration attacks fundamental American values and protections.

Jake Faleschini, Meghan Miller, Jasmine Hardy

How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil Rights Video

How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court could undermine civil rights for the LGBTQ community in Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Jasmine Hardy, Claire Markham, Jake Faleschini, 1 More Laura E. Durso

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