Wed, Feb 17|
Slay the Dragon: Documentary Discussion
This movie shines a light on gerrymandering, and follows a handful of citizens’ groups as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system.
Time & Location
Feb 17, 2021, 2:00 PM
About the Event
After the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. The result is one of the greatest electoral manipulations in U.S. history, one that poses a fundamental threat to our democracy and exacerbates the already polarized atmosphere in Congress and state houses across the country. Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, fueled by the elimination of corporate campaign contribution limits and the availability of vast amounts of personal information. The documentary Slay the Dragon shines a light on this timely issue, and follows a handful of citizens’ groups, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally, as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system. Speakers include: Angela J. Scott, J.D., LL.M. (Welcome Remarks) – Federal Civil Rights Law Attorney; Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Chris Durrance – Director and Producer, Slay the Dragon Katie Fahey – Founder/Director, The People Barak Goodman – Director and Producer, Slay the Dragon Paul M. Smith – Vice President for Litigation & Strategy, Campaign Legal Center; Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law Elizabeth Yang (Moderator) – Chair, Elections and Voting Rights Committee, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law