By Becky Rafter, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Funding Exchange
As Ai-Jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance always says: “We’re in a fight for the soul of our country.” Such an epic struggle calls for big ideas. And participants and speakers served up several during Philanthropy New York’s recent panel on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
The issue that resonated most with participants was voter suppression efforts, what Tova Wang of the The Century Foundation called “the flip side of money in politics.” Citizens United gives corporations a bigger vote than a person; meanwhile, millions of individual voters will have difficulty voting this year, including 6 million voters who have committed a felony. One participant demanded, “How did we get to this point?”