Common Cause is a rights protection group founded in 1970 by Republican John W. Gardner. The purpose of this organization is to protect and champion for the rights of minorities and the poor. While Common Cause has been known to lean to the left, they are really a neutral organization that has advocated for “good government” practices. Currently, there are Common Cause branches in 35 states. The aim of Common Cause, in their words, is "upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process."
Common Cause is an organization that believes in the power of democracy. They also believe that democracy gets its power from the people it serves. A good democracy will be just and its operation will turn out just results. Common Cause will be on the people’s side all the way. They want to collaborate with the people to create a democracy that is fair for everyone involved. To do this, they utilize their system of democracy authorities. These authorities use solutions to create a revolution that will get people caring about democracy and preserving it. Common Cause initially had only 4,000 members as its lobby. Today, that number has grown to 1 million, with supporters in 30 states and Washington D.C. as well.
One of the methods used by Common Cause to uphold the power of democracy are its campaigns. By getting together and raising their voices above the noise, Common Cause helps people to preserve democracy. Campaigns can be either at the national, state, or local levels. Common Cause puts their solutions into place to create a democracy that’s fair for everyone. This is done through the use of grassroots organizations that allows Common Cause to turn their solutions into important laws. Common Cause has experts and activists working to pass laws that will improve our democracy. They also want their members and supporters to help with their cause as well. Their support is important for Common Cause to enact important changes and reforms.
Common Cause uses advocacy as part of its methods to protect American democracy. Their experts work together with lawmakers to create policies, propose bills, and give law critiques. They also go to meetings to discuss policies that can make our democracy stronger. Because Common Cause is non-partisan, they are trusted by other officials to do important research and examination. Work that the experts at Common Cause have done include submitting evidence, sharing written reports with politicians, and rally for reforms.
The Common Cause Student Action Alliance is a program by Common Cause. By teaching youth about advocacy and authority, the next generation of democracy protectors is ensured. Students are given important education to keep power in the hands of the people. To learn more about the Common Cause Student Action Alliance, click here: https://www.commoncause.org/about-us/common-cause-youth-programs.
If protecting democracy is important to you, you’ll want to support Common Cause’s work. To donate, click here: https://www.commoncause.org/support-us/. To volunteer for Common Cause, click here: https://www.mobilize.us/commoncause/?source=ccwebsite.
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