Defending Democracy
2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Let's Celebrate this Year's 2021 Democracy Awardees

Join Fix Democracy First for DEFENDING DEMOCRACY - Virtual Awards Ceremony 2021 on November 10th at 6 pm PT to celebrate this Year's 2021 Democracy Awardees, plus learn our successes in the past year. In addition to holding up our 2021 Democracy Awardees, we will also have some fun entertainment and special guest speakers too! More details to come.

This Year's 2021 Democracy Awardees include:

  • Congressional Elected Official of the Year - Pramila Jayapal, WA Congressional Representative CD 7
    For championing reforms to strengthen democracy

  • State Elected Official of the Year - Tarra Simmons, WA State Representative LD 23
    For championing Voting Rights Restoration and supporting pro-democracy reforms
  • Organization of the Year - Washington Community Alliance
    For work on the 2020 Census, redistricting and expanding representation
  • Volunteer of the Year - Emilce Sanchez
    For work on developing FDF website, email set-up and technical support

Schedule of Events

Online Auction – Sept. 11-18

Our Online Auction will be up for a full week starting on Friday, Sept. 11th through Friday, September 18th. There will many great items including, wine, gift baskets, art supplies, fun experiences, & lots more!

Democracy Happy Hour - September 16 @ 5 pm

Join us for a SPECIAL Democracy Happy Hour on September 16th from 5-6 pm! This event is free for anyone to join. Come meet our board members, hear about our past successes, ongoing work, and upcoming projects to help expand outreach and strengthen democracy.

Virtual Awards Ceremony - September 17 @ 6 pm

We will be honoring this year's awardees online at our Virtual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 17th at 6-7:30 pm! In addition to holding up our 2020 Democracy Awardees, will have some entertainment, and share current Fix Democracy First's projects to improve democracy and representation for all.

Our 2020 Democracy Awardees include:

  • State Elected Official of the Year - Mike Pellicciotti, WA State Representative - For ongoing work to tackle money in elections through common sense campaign finance and democracy reforms
  • Local Elected Official of the Year - Lorena González, Seattle City Councilmember - For her leadership in strengthening democracy with the Seattle Clean Campaigns Act
  • Organization of the Year - League of Women Voters of Washington - For 100 years of ongoing work to expand democracy throughout Washington State and beyond.
  • Volunteer of the Year - Juan Vega, Voter Registration Coordinator - For his ongoing commitment to voter registration and civic engagement.

Special Lifetime Democracy Achievement Awardee:

  • John King: Past President & Longtime Board Member of Fix Democracy First - For his many years of dedicated service and commitment to strengthening democracy in Washington State and beyond

Lawrence Lessig – September 18th @ 6 pm

We are honored to welcome a very special guest, author, academic, attorney, and political activist, Lawrence Lessig on Friday, Sept. 18th from 6-7:30 pm for our main speaker event.

About the Speaker

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he taught at Stanford Law School, where he founded the Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Lessig is the founder of Equal Citizens and a founding board member of Creative Commons and serves on the Scientific Board of AXA Research Fund. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, he has received numerous awards including a Webby, the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Scientific American 50 Award, and Fastcase 50 Award.

Cited by The New Yorker as “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era,” Lessig has focused much of his career on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which, while legal, weaken public trust in an institution—especially as that affects democracy.

His books include: They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy (November 2019), Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution (May 2019), America, Compromised (2018), Republic, Lost v2 (2015), Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It (2011), Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (2008), Code v2 (2006), The Future of Ideas (2001), and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999).

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge University, and a JD from Yale.

BONUS: Purchase a ticket for $50 or above, receive a FREE copy of Lawrence Lessig's book, They Don't Represent Us.

Get your ticket

Ticket Options

  • Democracy Advocate - $100*
  • Democracy Supporter - $50*
  • Democracy Believer - $25
  • Democracy Fan – $10
  • Democracy Admirer – Free Ticket

Sponsorship

  • Democracy Defender$250*
  • Democracy Crusader$500*
  • Democracy Warrior$750*
  • Democracy Champion$1,000*

*BONUS: All $50 and above ticket purchases and sponsors will receive a special gift!

Thank you to all our Sponsors!

A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors who donated at the $250 level! You are a true Democracy Defender.

Democracy Champion
Ken Dammand
Democracy Champion
Juan Vega
Democracy Defender
Meaningful Movies Project
Democracy Defender
South Seattle Climate
Action Network
Democracy Defender
Linda Bock
Democracy Defender
Alice Woldt
Democracy Defender
Linda Brewster
Democracy Defender
Erik Connell & Charlotte
Boutz-Connell
Democracy Defender
Cindy Madigan

Thank you to all our Sponsors!

A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors who donated at the $250 level! You are a true Democracy Visionary.

Citizens Institute
Impact Sponsor
League of Women Voters of WA
Starter Sponsor
Meaningful Movies Project
Starter Sponsor
Ken Dammand
Democracy Visionary Sponsor
Diane Turner
Impact Sponsor
Linda Brewster
Impact Sponsor
Alice Woldt
Starter Sponsor
Emilce Sanchez
Starter Sponsor
Erik & Charlotte Connell
Starter Sponsor
Juan Vega
Starter Sponsor
Linda & Dennis Bock
Starter Sponsor
Norm Conrad
Starter Sponsor
Kathy & Geoff Sakahara
Starter Sponsor

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