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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Slay the Dragon
February 1 @ 12:00 pm - February 1 @ 2:00 pm
As the country turns its eyes and leaps into action ahead of the upcoming 2020 US election – record numbers of people are registering to vote. Wide-scale civic participation from every community is crucial to a healthy democracy. With this in mind, lawmakers are employing tactics to give their candidates the advantage – in many cases, all but ensuring a victory for their side – even without gaining the highest number of votes. Drawing district lines to lock in a partisan electoral advantage was once an accepted form of political gamesmanship. Now “gerrymandering” is an immensely powerful weapon of partisan advantage, creating an unresponsive and unaccountable government. But ahead of the 2020 elections and a new round of redistricting, voters are fighting back. Be inspired to get into the streets this election season and take action, as you follow the all volunteer-led “Voters not Politicians” going door to door to gain support for policy change in Michigan to curb gerrymandering in their state.
With exclusive access to the legal team that brought the most important voting rights case in a generation to the Supreme Court in October 2018, Slay the Dragon chronicles the civic grit that is turning the tide in the battle for the legitimacy of US democracy.
“This was only possible because thousands of people actively decided that instead of just getting lost in the comments section, they were going to do something … It literally was a bunch of internet strangers learning to work together to do something to better our state.”- Katie Fahey
MOPA thanks City of San Diego, Larry Friedman and Future Holidays for their support.
Human Rights Watch thanks the David D. Dodge Foundation for its support.
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