10th Annual Spring Symposium
Guardrails to Protect Our DemocracyMay 17 – 20, 2021
All events are free and open to the public.
Impeachment! How the Legislature Checks the Executive Branch
A conversation with Impeachment Manager, U.S. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA). Congressman Ted Lieu initiated the Article of Impeachment following the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 as Congress was formalizing the results of the Electoral College votes and finalizing the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election.
State Senator Ben Allen will moderate a conversation and Q&A about this incredible moment for democracy and our nation’s history.
Voting Rights! How Protecting Access to Voting Protects Democracy
PPI Co-Director, Professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein leads a discussion with Julia Gomez, ACLU SoCal Voting Rights Staff Attorney, and Cynthia Valencia, ACLU SoCal Policy Advocate and Organizer for Voting Rights and Activist Engagement, about the current state of voting rights in our country. An excellent film to watch prior to the event is the documentary “ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy” on Amazon Prime, featuring and created by Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Stacey Abrams.
“Where the Money Reside?!” How the People Check Local Government Spending
Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich and Participatory Budgeting Project Executive Director Shari Davis of Oakland discuss the power of municipal budgets to reflect community priorities.
“How Is Democracy Personal for You?”
SMC students share videos and discuss their perspectives on the threats and challenges to American Democracy. Overview and moderating by Dr. Amber Katherine, Professor of Philosophy.
If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, please contact Kiersten Elliott at Elliott_Kiersten@smc.edu or 310-434-4173, at least 5 business days in advance.