Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / June 3, 2021
DA Spring Conference Final Remarks from Gara LaMarche
Spring 2021 Fran Rodgers did a beautiful job laying out the themes of our two-day virtual conference last week, and her metaphor of a mosaic, where the whole is much more than the sum of its parts, will stay with me. I want to bring us forward ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / March 25, 2021
EVERY Issue Depends on Democracy Reform
by Gara LaMarche March 25, 2021 The horrific attacks in Atlanta and Boulder have brought gun violence, the national scourge that resurfaces on a sickeningly regular basis, back to the forefront of the national conversation. Vast majorities ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / March 11, 2021
As We Take a Victory Lap for the American Rescue Plan, Let’s Acknowledge What Got Us There – and What We Still Need to Do
by Gara LaMarche March 11, 2021 The American Rescue Plan that President Biden just signed into law is a landmark achievement for the advancement of social welfare in the United States – the most significant anti-poverty measure since the Great ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / January 14, 2021
Who Will We Be?
by Gara LaMarche January 14, 2021 Inauguration Day and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday are a few days apart this year, and the juxtaposition is particularly striking. In 2009, as we inaugurated our first Black President, the confluence ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / November 18, 2020
A few thoughts on emotion and politics: Opening Remarks at the Fall 2020 DA Conference
by Gara LaMarche I want to take a few moments to talk about an aspect of the recent election, and of our work together as progressives, that we don’t usually deal with, caught up as we are in strategy, tactics, numbers, messaging, ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / November 16, 2020
Moving on after 7 years at the DA
I am writing with personal and institutional news: I plan to step down as Democracy Alliance President after seven years in the position. John Stocks and the DA board will soon be sharing the plans they have developed for the search ...Read More
Democracy Alliance Blog / From The President / October 14, 2020
Gearing Up to Win – and To Be Ready for What Comes Afterward
by Gara LaMarche We are going all out for victory – and within reach of an historic one – on November 3. But at the same time, we have to think and plan about what happens AFTER Election Day. If you’re not already doing everything you can ...Read More
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
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.