The Democracy Initiative is pleased to announce that Michelle Whittaker will join the DI team as Director of Communications/Digital Media. We are fortunate to have been able to hire Michelle who is an experienced communications professional who has dedicated her career to building public awareness around issues affecting social justice and democracy.
Monday, February 6th, the DI hosted a Tele-Town on SCOTUS Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. DI Executive Director Wendy Fields was joined by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard.
Annie Leonard detailed the strength of the resistance in the first few weeks of President Trump's Administration in reaction to a number of his executive orders and his nominees.
Thanks to the resistance, the administration and GOP led congress have:
For Immediate Release
January 27, 2017
Monisha Som, 202.448.0219
Democracy Initiative Calls on Democratic Senators to Debate Each Trump Nominee for 30 Hours
Urge your senators to reject Sessions! Watch and share the video!
Less than two weeks after the sit-in organized in Mobile, Alabama, the NAACP followed up with another sit-in protest in Iowa. NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and members of the NAACP, Iowa AFL-CIO, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) came to the office of Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committe, to protest the possible confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
The following statement opposing Rex Tillerson’s nomination has been released by Wendy Fields, Executive Director of The Democracy Initiative, a network of 58 civil rights, environmental, labor and civic organizations representing 30 million people.
The NAACP took the fight against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions to his office on Tuesday, January 3rd with an act of civil disobedience leading to his arrest. NAACP President and CEO and Democracy Initiative Board Member Cornell William Brooks led the occupation of Sessions’ Mobile, Alabama office saying he and five other NAACP members would leave either under arrest or after Sessions had withdrawn his name for consideration.