As a part of the Election Ambassador Program "the Committee’s Policy Program Manager, Patrick Christmas, visited Mastery Lenfest to talk to students about the breakdown of voter turnout by age, race, gender, and income level," in order to encourage them to volunteer at the polls on Election Day.  Read More...
Temple covers their MPP Programs's Why Harrisburg Matters event, hosted in conjunction with Young Involved Philadelphia and the League of Women Voters of Philadelphia. The "panel at Temple University Center City [was] moderated by Committee of Seventy President and CEO and Temple MPP Adjunct Professor David Thornburgh in the lead-up to the election." Read More...
Germantown Friends focused on how high schoolers can be and have been involved in the election. This is important because, as David Thornburgh, CEO of C70 says "Democracy is not broken beyond repair. The fix can begin now and begin with you. You are the key to fixing the bug in the operating system of democracy." Read More...
In order to prepare for the November 6th election, The Leader reminded voters "for Election Day information, registered voters can access the Committee of Seventy voter’s guide." Read More...
"What really moves people is when they feel like it's part of the culture, that people in their organization vote and if they're part of the community they should vote, too," [Lauren Cristella] said. "Also, one of the things that we know about the barriers to voting is people don't feel they have enough information to head to the polls. This app puts all of the answers right at their finger tips." Read More...
"David Thornburgh, the president and CEO of Philadelphia-based government watchdog group Committee of Seventy, says this is not the time to be dealing with digital dead-ends. 'It's disturbing and frustrating to see a basic process like this not work as it should and cause overseas voters an extra level of aggravation to try to make their voice heard this Nov. 6,'" Thornburgh said about the error which has prevented Pennsylvanians abroad from filling out absentee ballots. Read More...
While discussing mike Turzai's recent proposal for redistricting Billy Penn spotlights " Draw the Lines PA, a project of the good-government group Committee of Seventy that aims to show just how simple it is to draw a fair congressional map ... If the project ramps up in the way he hopes, [Chris] Satullo said Draw the Lines PA could create an army of '10,000 capable citizen mappers.' Even in a worst-case scenario — if there’s no change to the process in Harrisburg — Satullo said those citizen mappers could potentially become 10,000 plaintiffs to challenge a partisan or unconstitutional map." Read More...
"Penn’s Office of Community Affairs hosted Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan and non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good government in Philadelphia, marking the launch of the Committee's new initiative, 'Draw the Lines PA.'" Read More...
"As part of Draw the Lines PA, a civic education and engagement effort sponsored by good government nonprofit Committee of Seventy, people can draw maps using Azavea’s open source software DistrictBuilder," in an attempt to engage everyone in redistricting.  Read More...
When discussing Mike Turzai's proposal for a redistricting commission, "David Thornburgh, head of Philly's good-government Committee of Seventy and a big supporter of a citizens' commission, says, "It beats nothing. It's a productive conversation to have." Read More...
As part of Gannon University's Freedom Series "David Thornburgh, the current president of the influential Committee of 70, which is dedicated to good governance" will lead a discussion on gerrymandering and drawing fair districts. Read More...
Among other notable changes in leadership, "Committee of Seventy announced its 2018-2019 Buchholz Fellows. The good-government nonprofit picked six young professionals as the second cohort of its civic engagement program."  Read More...
"David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the government watchdog group Committee of Seventy, said he worries that President Donald Trump’s decision to keep his tax returns under wraps during his successful campaign for president might be prompting others to follow suit" Read More...
Like other organizations concerned with the current ward practices, "the Committee of Seventy frequently prods Democratic officials to make their decisions more inclusive, despite what bylaws allow." Read More...
Seventy is mentioned alongside other organizations who pride themselves on keeping up the fight for redistricting reform: "In Pennsylvania, the activist group Fair Districts PA has been a strong advocate for fixing partisan redistricting. So too has the long-standing watchdog group Common Cause of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia-based Committee of Seventy." Read More...
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