The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of organizations launched in 2013 working toward a bright future in which all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process. We believe that the voice of every citizen should be heard and counted, so all of us have an equal say in a democracy that is of, by, and for the people. Our partner organizations pursue a diverse range of progressive goals, including civil rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, and climate justice, but we know that success in any of these areas depends on reforming our democracy.
United by a shared vision for a political process that counts every voice and every vote equally, we are mobilizing members of Democracy Initiative organizations to ensure that all Americans can vote, diminish the influence of corporate and special interests, and halt the obstruction that has thrown our Congress out of balance. Together, we can break down these barriers and protect our democracy from the systematic effort to shift power from the many to a wealthy few by silencing our voices in the workplace, in the ballot box, and in the offices of our elected officials.
Amidst our tapestry of just causes, democracy is our north star, the bedrock of our shared beliefs, and the strategic center of gravity around which we agitate. As large corporations and an elite few control more wealth and power, the tenets of our democracy come under threat. Click here to read our solutions to strengthen our democracy and the role we play amongst our 72 member organizations and 45 million members.
- DI 2018 Annual Report: Learn about what the DI accomplished in 2018!
- DI launched the Democracy 365 campaign, a comprehensive governance strategy designed to vision a 21st century democracy that encourages more participation from everyday people at all levels of government. Learn about Democracy 365.
- DI 2017 Annual Report: Learn about what the DI accomplished in 2017!
- In December 2015, Democracy Initiative leaders and endorsers gathered to discuss and lay out the 2016 Program Strategy. Click here to read more.
(Top left to bottom right): Karen Hobert Flynn, Tefere Gebre, Derrick Johnson, Erich Pica, Gustavo Torres, K. Sabeel Rahman, Virginia Kase, Ray Curry.
Peggy Shorey, State & Local Legislation, Deputy Director, AFL-CIO
Michelle Chan, Vice President of Programs, Friends of the Earth
Folabi Olagbaju, Democracy Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA
Yaheiry Mora, Director, CASA in Action | Civic Engagement and Elections Senior Director, CASA
Rodney McKenzie Jr., Executive Vice President, Movement Strategies, Demos