Then CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla speaks at JCRC Democracy Forum

The Jewish American community has benefited from a strong and healthy democracy because democratic systems and norms provide proven protection against the discriminations that too often target racial, religious and ethnic minority communities. But those systems that have provided us haven are currently under duress. These challenges have been thrown into sharp relief by current events but they are not new. There is ample evidence that our democracy has been deteriorating for years. That’s why JCRC launched its non-partisan democracy initiative in 2017. Since launch we’ve hosted a full-day forum on democracy, several voter registration drives and many other non-partisan, pro-democracy events.