+MPU Greater Boston – Democracy Renovation: Make Your Vote Count

Merengue Restaurant

Did you know that Massachusetts is:

  • 21st in the country for the gap between BIPOC population and BIPOC legislative representation
  • Last (50th) in the country for competitiveness of elections
  • Last (50th) in the country for state legislature effectiveness

If you want to learn more about why and how to make your vote count, we invite you to join us for an evening of delicious food and an engaging discussion on how to renovate our voting structures.

This collaborative event will be co-hosted by GenUnity+More Perfect Union, and More Equitable Democracy in partnership with MassVoteMA Voter TablePartners in DemocracyRanked Choice Boston and Union Capital.

We’ll start with food and introductions then jump into a hands-on exercise led by More Equitable Democracy to help shine a light on how voting structures impact electoral outcomes. The question will be simple: What’s for dinner?

We’ll “vote” for dinner using different voting structures to demonstrate how structure impacts outcomes. What if we used a winner-take-all method vs. ranked-choice voting vs. proportional ranked choice voting? The outcome, as you’ll see, will vary significantly.

Following this exercise, MassVotePartners in Democracy and Ranked Choice Boston will share about the work they are doing to make local and state electoral outcomes more equitable and how you can get involved.

Join us for an engaging, hopeful evening with delicious Dominican food made by the Merengue team. Bring family and friends, and expect to leave empowered and ready for more. We hope to see you there!


About the organizers:

  • GenUnity – We are facilitators, conveners, and space creators dedicated to elevating the lived expertise and leadership potential of everyday adults. We bring residents together across difference to build trust, collective knowledge, and power to drive change on the issues most impacting our communities.
  • MassVote – MassVOTE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to increase voter participation in our state. We advocate for electoral justice for the sake of building a government truly representative of the people.
  • +More Perfect Union – +MPU is a nationwide movement to strengthen our communities and heal our country by creating meaningful connections through service and leadership. +MPU forms local chapters – called Brickyards – to bring people together through service, civics, and leadership. Led by veterans and service-minded individuals, +MPU Brickyards create events to connect people who would not otherwise meet.
  • More Equitable Democracy – More Equitable Democracy is racial justice organization led by people of color. Our mission is to advance racial equity by transforming electoral systems. We work as co-creators to establish stronger bonds of democracy while empowering communities with education, research, and the tools to strategically implement long-term change.
  • Partners in Democracy – Founded by internationally-recognized democracy expert Danielle Allen, Partners In Democracy is a powerhouse organization working to drive democracy renovation nationally by working at the state level, state-by-state. Using our groundbreaking 360⁰ Standard for Healthy Democracy, we champion holistic, ambitious, and strategic agendas for change — leading to sustained progress for democracy. We work within coalitions, and we center inclusion in everything we do. In 2023 and 2024, we’re focused here at home in Massachusetts. Join our efforts today!
  • Ranked Choice Boston – Ranked Choice Boston is a space for residents seeking more equitable and democratic outcomes to come together in community and coalition. We are building on Boston’s overwhelming support for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) by continuing to educate and organize for the use of Ranked Choice Voting in our city elections.
  • Union Capital – Union Capital transforms social capital into opportunity by rewarding community engagement. Our vision is that ongoing community collaboration cultivates equity for all.

Event Partners

About the Boston Chapter

Across cities and towns just like yours nationwide, we serve our communities by starting with bringing different neighbors together for events centered around Service, Leadership, and Civics.

By rolling up our sleeves side-by-side, we can begin to see that we have more in common than what divides us; that first and foremost we are fellow Americans with a common love for our families and communities.

These Chapters – also known as our Brickyards – are mobile places for neighbors to connect and solve local problems. We do this through respectful and open conversations, and to find higher ground as we work together brick-by-brick.

Visit the Boston Chapter Page

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