The goal of the Democracy program is to foster a pluralistic, vibrant democracy through the civic integration of immigrants, support for nonpartisan voter registration and education, and voting rights. Under this program, Carnegie has the following Focus Areas.
1. Field Building: Through support for state and local groups aiding immigrant communities
2. Strategic Communications: Informing the immigration reform debate and providing messaging for communities
3. Policy Development: Improving federal and state policies regarding immigration and civic integration
4. Nonpartisan Civic Engagement: Encouraging legal residents to become American citizens and informed voters.
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