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Taking on the Threat

As Americans, we have strong tools rooted in our Constitution and system of checks and balances to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. With experience upholding the guardrails of democracy in the American government, and working with experts who study the rise and fall of democracies around the world, we’ve identified key areas of risk that need our immediate attention.

Below is what we’ve done to protect our democracy in each of those key areas:

Preventing Abuses of Power

In a democracy, government has substantial power to serve and protect the interests of the people. But left unchecked, that same power can quickly be turned against the people and their interests. And worse, abuses of power can be a slippery slope, with eroding guardrails leading to ever more brazen power grabs and weaponization of government to restrict voting rights and quash dissent. We protect against abuses of power by preventing existing safeguards from eroding and by working creatively to build new guardrails. We aim not just to uphold existing laws, norms, and institutions, but also to adapt and strengthen them in the face of evolving authoritarian threats.

Our work:

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