SXSW 2023

2023: Democracy Is Worth The Fight


We are at an inflection point in American democracy. As people demand more from their government and push for a vibrant and bold democracy, far-right movements that do not represent the majority of Americans have gained outsized political power in states, communities, and even at the Supreme Court, seeking to prevent positive change and reverse progress. What we do now will determine the future of people and democracy. While the playbook for this moment remains to be written, history provides a roadmap of how people have fought against long odds for democracy and won. This panel will feature a discussion about the fight for democracy’s future in the states-and the courts-in the face of the political realities of 2023 and the legacy of the late Rep. Barbara Jordan.

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  1. Anti-democratic movements have gained outsized political power, yet the vast majority of people believe in the promise and potential of democracy.
  2. Innovative strategies exist for addressing this inflection point in courts, legislatures, and communities. What we do now will determine the future.
  3. Our past provides the keys to our future. The legacy of Rep. Barbara Jordan and other trailblazers show we can turn the tide.



Megan Uzzell, Director, Strategic Initiatives & External Affairs, Democracy Forward

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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