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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

California on the Ballot: April Programs

Citizen journalism is on the rise. In recent years, citizen reporters on social media have set new journalistic norms to break stories and reach sources. Simultaneously, renewed interest in local news during COVID-19 has bolstered subscription rates at community outlets and lent momentum to the emerging movement for non-profit news.

On Thursday, April 8 at 4 pm, California on the Ballot will explore these developments in “The Fourth Branch: Media and Democracy” a free, online conversation with California-based journalists and philosophers.

The conversation will explore questions like: What is “non-profit news” and what role does it hope to play in community, civic, and electoral life? How do social media and traditional media interact in today’s media landscape? How can timeless philosophical and ethical questions about democracy and public discourse illuminate this rapidly evolving landscape?

On Thursday, April 29, at 7 pm, our capstone online event, “California Youth and the Ballot” invites the next generation of California voters to take the stage. Be immersed in a showcase of youth projects dealing with civic life in California. Listen in on live dialogue from California youth as they discuss their role in California’s political future.

In other news: Our most recent event was “The 70.8%: What Explains California’s Voter Turnout?” To watch videos of more recent events, visit our website.


For more information or assistance with registering for a program, please write to Program Associate Kirsten Vega at

Through California on the Ballot, we invite the people of California and beyond to reflect and talk—with neighbors, historians, election experts, and more—about the past, present, and future of electoral engagement in California. This initiative is funded by the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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