About Us

Our Mission

Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people. Democracy NC grew out of Democracy South which began as a project of the Institute for Southern Studies. For more than 20 years, we’ve taken on powerful industries and political leaders, regardless of party, and promoted reforms that expand public involvement in the political process. Here are highlights of some research reports, as well as formal complaints that we’ve filed against Democrats and Republicans since 1991.

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Our Vision for NC

We envision a government that is truly “of the people, for the people and by the people,” where barriers to vote or serve in public office are removed. We want people to have confidence in their political system and feel ownership of their government, and we want elected officials to represent and respect the diversity and interests of the people they were elected to serve.

Core Values

We believe in telling the truth and taking responsibility for our actions. We promote respect for people’s fundamental equality and right to self-determination. We work to cultivate a culture and systems that put racial and social justice at the center because we recognize the impact that race, class, gender, sexual orientation and other cultural factors have on our system of government. As the population of North Carolina grows more diverse, the population of voters should reflect the demographics of the state for fair representation and a strong democracy. Remaining relevant to this rapidly changing population requires Democracy NC to have a racially, culturally and generationally diverse staff and base that reflects the demographic shifts occurring in North Carolina and understands the dynamics of power, equity and justice.

We provide tools to help people take ownership of their government and win on issues that advance the common good. Visit our Get Involved page for information on what you can do to help further our basic mission or for information on becoming a Democracy Advocate.