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.

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  • May 20, 2016

    The Only Way to Run against Donald Trump is All Out

    I don’t like writing about Donald Trump. I don’t like talking about Donald Trump. I don’t like his ubiquitous presence in the media. But we have to talk and write about Donald Trump, since what was not long ago unthinkable has happened:

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  • May 11, 2016

    Remarks Accepting the North Star Award

    On May 9, DA President Gara LaMarche was honored by the North Star Fund at their annual Community Gala in New York. His brief remarks accepting the North Star Award alongside fellow honorees Billie Jean King and George Gresham of 1199SEIU are below.

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  • April 11, 2016

    Opening Remarks of the DA Spring Conference

    On April 10, President Gara LaMarche kicked off the Democracy Alliance’s Spring 2016 Conference in Santa Monica, CA with the following remarks.

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  • March 9, 2016

    The Poisoning of Flint is a Failure of Democracy, and Democracy is the Only Real Remedy

    The public health, civil rights and political crisis in Flint, Michigan was spotlighted again by the debate between Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders that took place there Sunday night.  Flint may seem an extreme example of the toll taken by ...

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  • February 15, 2016

    Gara LaMarche on “The Business of Giving” Podcast

    The DA’s President spoke with podcast host Denver Frederick and Matthew Bishop, senior editor of The Economist magazine yesterday. LaMarche discussed the role of philanthropy in a democracy, his theory of social change, and his views on ...

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  • February 9, 2016

    Building Toward a 2020 Vision with 2016 Victories

    Each presidential election always seems like the most important one in our lifetime. With the myriad of critical issues facing our country and the world – some of them, like climate change, threatening our very existence – an ever-widening gulf ...

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  • February 4, 2016

    Racial Justice Is the Key to Democracy Reform

    Despite the resilient forces of reaction and repression—or perhaps largely because of them—we are living in the most vibrant period for social action since the 1960s. A critical turning point occurred just over four years ago, when Zuccotti Park ...

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  • January 29, 2016

    I’m an Angry Old White Guy. Here’s Why.

    I keep reading that people like me — older white guys — are angry about what is happening to their country straight from the source. In recent years, their grievances have been voiced by Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck. ...

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