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CONCERNED CITIZENS DEFENDING DEMOCRACY
DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, DELIBERATIVE DIALOGUES, AND
RACIAL JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Building Bridges & Strengthening Partnerships
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"Concerned Citizens Defending Democracy is an organization that believes in leadership and accountability of leaders and citizens. This organization has exemplified commitment and loyalty to our Constitution and Democracy. CCDD will continue to fight for our democracy."
- Congressman Bennie G. Thompson
Concerned Citizens Defending Democracy (CCDD) is committed to an inclusive democracy, a nation grounded in a shared commitment of all our people, focused on: participation in the political process for all citizens (with current special attention to historically under-represented groups); protected, transparent competition for elected office; and institution-based rule-of-law applied equally to all citizens. We bring added value to all three of these fundamental precepts of American democracy.
The mission of CCDD is to help heal our ruptured democracy by connecting individuals of varied points of view, encouraging deliberative dialogue, promoting the concept of inclusion, and fostering racial justice and reconciliation by:
Leveraging our respective networks to support citizen participation, democratic institutions, and restorative justice;
Working to establish a permanent Department of Democracy and Reconciliation at the Federal level;
Highlighting opportunities for citizen dialogues on strengthening democracy and racial reconciliation locally (in Washington, DC) and in other select parts of the country (e.g., rural Mississippi and West Virginia).
Our nation is at a crossroads. Our democracy is under siege, and long-assumed values of democratic participation and the rule of law are now in question. At the same time, the fabric of our multiracial society -- which should be a great strength -- is fraying. In response, CCDD, a collection of concerned citizens, is dedicated to organizing and leveraging our extensive networks to promote both democratic participation and racial justice and reconciliation.
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