Downtown isn't a single place, it exists all over the country, anywhere the creative impulse lives. Downtown is America's creative center ... a place that looks far into the future … where ideals and freedoms are first imagined, communicated and fought for. From the labor movement to free speech to civil rights to Stonewall, Downtown has always envisioned and instigated change. That's what we create and what we export. Right now Downtown must come together for another kind of change.
- Glenn O'Brien
Downtown for Democracy is a political action committee founded by creative people to transform cultural influence into political power. We work in art, music, fashion, film, writing, theater, food, media and advertising, and we share a deep commitment to America’s progressive traditions. Our activism utilizes creativity to reach people, to educate and to raise funds--through image, words and music. With our creative work, we’re raising money that we’ll spend strategically in key districts to get out the progressive vote in the 2018 and 2020 elections. We aim to be the voice of creative people across the USA. We CREATE CHANGE. JOIN US.
Downtown for Democracy was established in 2003 with the objective of engaging America’s creative community in the democratic process. While creative people shape and influence culture, many of us were absent from the political process. We wanted to change that. Downtown for Democracy transformed our community’s cultural influence into political power: money, visibility, and votes and raised significant funds through events, art and merchandise sales. During the months leading up to the 2004 presidential election, we “spent” these assets to educate, register, and mobilize voters and to support candidates committed to individual liberty, social justice and democracy.
Downtown for Democracy members relaunched the group in May 2017—to rally progressives to combat the Trump administration’s destructive and anti-democratic agenda—and put the power of art and creative expression to work for democracy.