Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / June 18, 2020
Defund the Police? Abolitionist Movements Have Always Blazed the Way to Change.
by Gara LaMarche It’s not for me to define “defund the police,” the rallying cry of many on the streets at this moment. I take my cue from those fighting for their lives. Many have lifted up this call because it’s abundantly clear, with ...Read More
From The President / June 1, 2020
White Supremacist Killings Must Stop. We All Must do More.
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. In recent days, these names have been added to the grim roster of African Americans murdered by police or vigilantes with every reason, to judge from our history, from slavery to the ...Read More
From The President / April 27, 2020
Our Elections are Taking a Dangerous Turn
by Gara LaMarche In its never-ending effort to retain its grasp on power despite an unpopular agenda and increasing demographic irrelevance, the Republican Party at every level did its best to suppress participation in this month’s ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / April 8, 2020
While Vigorous Advocacy Moves Forward, We Need to Support Frontline Communities Directly
No person, community or country is unaffected by the global pandemic known as COVID-19. As an organization focused on politics, democracy and social justice, the Democracy Alliance has focused quickly and sharply, as we must, on policy debates ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / April 1, 2020
Opening Remarks by Gara LaMarche – DA Donor Meeting – April 1, 2020
This is an adapted version of remarks delivered by DA President Gara LaMarche at the opening of the DA’s Spring Donor Meeting on April 1. The last time the DA staff and I had to overhaul a DA conference at the last minute – with even less ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / May 8, 2019
The Presidential Race: Five Things I’m Listening For
As the Democratic presidential field approaches a size that could field two football, soccer or baseball teams, four basketball teams, and nearly four hockey teams—there, I’ve exhausted my limited store of sports knowledge!—I have some early ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / November 15, 2018
Writing a New Story: Opening Remarks to the Fall 2018 Conference
It’s a lot more fun to welcome you to D.C. this year than two years ago. On November 6, this community—every single person in this room, and millions beyond—did what we had to do. We pulled our country back from the brink with a massive turnout ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / November 7, 2018
Last Night Was a Big Step Toward Taking Our Democracy Back
First things first. With the future of our democracy in the balance, the American people took a very big step away from the divisive and destructive course our country has been on since the 2016 Election. We did what we had to do. Two years ago, ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / October 30, 2018
What Kind of Country Will We Be Living in After November 6?
As the midterm elections near, Donald Trump and much of the Republican party are doubling down on the dystopian fear-mongering that has come to define them — and may in time define our country, if Americans don’t rise up at the polls next week ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / August 13, 2018
Keeping Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court is an essential fight for progressives
When this squalid period in American history is over, those who enabled a mendacious, bigoted, traitorous President will have a lot to account for. But many of those who enable him do it because they are in striking distance of an accomplishment ...Read More
From The President
Democracy Alliance President Gara LaMarche is a frequent commentator on progressive issues, and has authored pieces for the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, The Nation, and American Prospect. He has taught courses on philanthropy and public policy at NYU, the New School University and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.