Democracy Wise 2.0!

by Jessica on April 26, 2017

In March, we began a brand new speaker series we call Democracy Wise. We had three events over the course of the month that covered topics including How to Run for Office, Democracy 101 and Effecting Change in Government. Our speakers included members of the League of Women Voters and a representative from emergeCA. These events were so well attended we couldn’t stop the momentum there! We have just put together our bill for Democracy Wise 2.0. More information will be available as the month goes on but for now check out what we have coming up!

Wednesday, May 24, 7pm
Navigating Media

Is the continued talk of fake news leading you to wonder what news sources you can trust? Do you wonder how best to research and/or discern what’s real from what’s not? What role does the media play in today’s political landscape? What is the media’s role and responsibility in a democracy?

USC Professor Tom Hollinan (Professor of Communication at the USC Annenberg School) and Carmen Rios and Lauren Young from Ms. Magazine will be on hand to discuss and answer questions.

Wednesday, May 31, 7pm
Civil Liberties

Civil Liberty: the state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech. Do you know what your civil liberties are? What a police officer or other government official can ask and not ask of you? What individual rights are protected by law from governmental or other interference?

Vice President of the ACLU of Southern California Pasadena Foothills Chapter, Tamara Haywood,  Former Chapter President and Police Practices Committee Chair, Kris Ockershauser and others TBA, will be on hand to speak on civil liberties and answer your questions.

If you plan on attending these events, please let us know at
Send us your name, number of guest(s) and note the title of the event(s) you will be attending.

If you would like to submit a question for our speakers ahead of time please email your question to with the session title in the subject line. Our speakers will do their best to address the questions during their talks; however, depending on the amount of questions
received they may not be able to get to them all.

If you have ideas for future topics for our Democracy Wise series please email