A two-day conference of good government advocates will be convened in Philadelphia on May 21 and 22, with attendance open to the public. Hosted by Common Cause Pennsylvania, the summit will present speakers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors of the mid-Atlantic region, who will discuss issues critical to our democracy, such as the census, redistricting and voting modernization.Government officials presenting at the summit will include Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez and members of the California Redistricting Commission. Nonprofit sector participants will include Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA, Suzanne Almeida of the League of Women Voters, Karen Hobert Flynn of Common Cause, Micah Sims of Common Cause Pennsylvania, Erin Casey of PA Voices, Ben Geffen of the Public Interest Law Center and David Thornburgh of the Committee of Seventy.
We are at a turning point today. Citizens are more aware than ever of the forces that divert our democracy from serving the public, including the gerrymander, the influence of big money on our politics, and unconscionable meddling in our elections. At this conference, knowledgeable people from the public and private spheres will share successes and failures, pinpointing what can and should be done now.
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th Street, in Philadelphia. Registration for the two-day event is $50, and it includes participation in workshops, as well as lunch both days.
Ken Myers is the the board chair of Common Cause Pennsylvania.