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Western democracies have witnessed the rapid rise of global and national right-wing movements that are increasingly successful in mobilizing public support and running competitive election campaigns. These fundamentally anti-democratic groups seek not only to spur racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic sentiments, but also to foment widespread mistrust in democratic institutions, including the media, the justice system, and free and fair elections. Frequently, such movements demand a nationalist rewriting of history that ignores the lessons of Germany’s fascist past, of European ethnonationalism, and of the American experience of slavery and genocide. We work with partners across the US and Europe to educate the public about these troubling trends, provide historical and comparative analysis, and buttress democratic leaders, institutions, and policies.

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“Representation is power.”- Interview with Ruben Gonzales


Across the US, progressive Americans are looking for ways to engage in civil resistance and defend progressive legislation. The Victory Institute and its associated Fund identify, train and support members of the LGBTQ community to run for office. We spoke with Ruben Gonzales, Vice President of the Leadership Initiatives at the Victory Institute.

By Sophia Oster, Ruben Gonzales

Civic Charter

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world. The charter aims to support civil society organizations as activists throughout the world, to advocate for their rights and freedom of action, and to demand government guarantees.

The Return of Repression

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung President Barbara Unmüssig on the ever-shrinking spaces for civil society and what it means for democratic governance around the world.

By Barbara Unmüßig
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