The novel coronavirus has impacted every aspect of our democracy. With all the daily updates on the pandemic, it can be difficult to step back, to zoom out and see the larger, structural impacts this crisis is having and will continue to have on our democracy.
Representatives from each of the member shows of the Democracy Group podcast network took this opportunity to unite forces and answer the big questions surrounding COVID-19 and our democracy.
Episode 2: Civic engagement, social distancing and democracy reform
Democracy is very much a group activity. Inside, we come together to debate, discuss, do the work of government, and make laws. Outside, we protest and hold rallies. But much of this is not possible. Social distancing presents a tremendous challenge. In this episode, we look at the barriers and the opportunities as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID, the pandemic … has really brought to bear not just the inequities and the inequalities, but also the necessity to have a much more active sense of democracy as a verb — democracy as an action that we can all be part of.”
-Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, 70 Million
Episode 1: National and International Implications of COVID-19
COVID-19 brings together several issues that have long been talked about separately — political polarization, misinformation, international cooperation, democratic norms and institutions, and many others. We dive into some of those issues in this episode and discuss how we can all work together to protect, and even strengthen, democracy as we emerge from the first wave of the pandemic.