Ed Spire

Co-lead, Restore our Democracy Project, NWSOFA-Indivisible

Free Educational Speaker in Chicago

  • Democracy Under Duress

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Right-wing populism is rising in many western nations, but here in the US it is beginning to actually threaten our democracy. This presentation points out why this is happening uniquely here in the US: Because the country is becoming a true multi-racial democracy, a transformation that no other country is undergoing. And the US constitution actually empowers the minority that wishes to stop this transition. MORE >

    We will discuss why this is happening, and what we need to change in our governmental structures to alleviate this attack on our democracy.

    And we must address these very thorny issues, starting now. Because the US will become a multi-racial democracy - or it won't be a democracy any more.

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  • Teaching civics – how are we doing – how can we do better

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Our national report card shows that we are not doing a good job teaching US history and civics, and that is not preparing our students to be active citizens, helping to guide our nation in directions that are useful for them. MORE >

    This presentation looks into these issues, and focuses on the newly created Educating for American Democracy Roadmap, which points the way to improving this important area of education.
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  • Rising Economic Inequality: how much, why it happens, why it matters, and what we can do about it.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Economic inequality has been rising in the US for decades, damaging our economy and society in the process. This presentation will discuss how high it has become, why it happens, how it damages our country, and what we can do about it.

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  • Unveiling the Supreme Court: A Critical Look at the Highest Court in the Land

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    The US supreme court has vast power to impact our government. They can override laws passed by our democratically elected congress, dismantle regulations implemented by our elected president’s administration, and there is little recourse when they do so. As such, their impact on our democracy can be immense. MORE >

    • How do cases come to their attention?
    • How do they decide what cases to take up?
    • What methods do they use to make their determinations?
    • What have been the recent results of their deliberations?
    • How can we reform this court, so that it supports our democracy, instead of damaging it?

    Please join us for this interesting discussion.

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  • What’s an Assault Weapon, and why are they so deadly?

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    There's been a lot of discussion lately about tighter regulations on assault weapons like the AR-15. If we are going to regulate these weapons, we will need a legal definition describing them. And instead of a definition that depends upon specific configurations or cosmetic appearance, we propose a definition based on the factors that make this class of weapons so deadly. MORE >

    This presentation focuses on the development of this class of weapons, the factors that make them so deadly, and how we can use those factors to legally define an "assault weapon" for future regulation thereof.
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  • Increasing Political Polarization and what we can do about it

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Every decade, increasing gerrymandering has created more and more "safe seats", which have resulted in more and more extreme legislators on both sides of the aisle - creating a legislature where compromise is impossible, and very little legislative progress ensures. This presentation shows why this happens, and what we can do about it, using the recent example of the Alaska special election, utilizing a nonpartisan primary and a ranked choice voting general election, as an example of how to promote more moderate legislators and a more productive legislature. MORE >

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  • Section 3 of the 14th Amendment – how it applies today

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    What does section 3 of the fourteenth amendment to the US constitution say? Why was it created? Does it apply to Trump?, Why and how are states applying it?, Defenses:, Legal opinions, How will SCOTUS respond?, What does it mean to us? These are the topics covered in this very timely presentation.

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  • School board disinformation

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Our public school boards are under attack. Responsible school board members are being threatened, and reasonable school policies are being dismantled. We'll help you understand why, who is doing it, and what we can do about it.

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  • Our Antiquated Electoral College

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Learn why we elect the US president via the Electoral College, how our Electoral College damages our demcoracy - and what we can do about it.

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  • Congress Doesn’t Care What You Think

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    this presentation addresses the problem of unlimited political money corrupting our democracy. We explain the problem clearly, and discuss the causes and possible solutions, including steps that we can take in our own communities to begin addressing this structural problem in our country. The presentation is non-partisan and brings issues to light which are of concern across the aisle. MORE >

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