Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—please share widely.
Good afternoon DI partners,
On behalf of the Democracy Initiative, I would like to express our appreciation to our coalition partners for your support and engagement on H.R. 1, For the People Act! You are the game changers that led to this historic democracy reform victory. The passage of H.R. 1 last week in the House of Representatives was a result of the hard work in the states by the grassroots to transform our democracy. We should all celebrate our collective power. Over 40 (& growing) of our coalition partners personally shared with us photos and quotes of DI leaders to show their solidarity. If you don’t see yourself represented, it’s not too late to send us your quote and photo. We’ve attached a collage of our leaders who shared their statements on why the victory matters to their members. To date, the DI principals' statement twitter thread has garnered more than 80,000 impressions!
We are so proud that this is one of the most unified and active engagements from DI partners that we’ve experienced in a while. Our work is not over, time to get out of the Beltway and into the states, let’s keep the momentum as we now pivot to the Senate and the states.
In peace and solidarity,
Following the successful House vote, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced he would introduce the House-passed bill in the Senate. All this week, we have been working with our partners at the Declaration for American Democracy (DFAD) to gather original co-sponsors on that Senate companion bill. As of today, the Udall bill has collected nearly 40 cosponsors, including almost the entire Democratic Caucus. As momentum builds, the lead sponsors have decided to delay introduction until March 27, to give time for additional Senators to sign on.
The short delay gives us an excellent opportunity to help secure those final cosponsor targets.
- This week and next, we are driving calls to the Senate. Stand Up America has set up a coalition number to call the Senate: 888-724-8879.
- Feel free to use it! Callers will hear a quick recording on the "For the People Act" before being connected to their Senator or the switchboard.
- The coalition has also drafted a sample email to encourage calls.
Additionally, we are continuing our social media efforts to keep the issue in the public eye, and to amplify the important House win leading to potential Senate action.
Please continue to use these social media toolkits from our partners:
DI Board Member and Sierra Club Executive Director Mike Brune's latest for Sierra, the national publication of the Sierra Club, is "One Planet, One Vote: protecting our democracy is how we save wild places," a piece that meditates on the always recurring truth that, fundamental to our fight to save our planet and achieve real justice and sustainability, we must build our democracy.
"These attacks on democracy are relevant to the Sierra Club because, of all the tools we rely on to fulfill our mission, the most indispensable is the principle that every citizen can participate in the electoral process. Any assault on our democracy is also an assault on public lands, healthy communities, and a stable climate. If we fail to defend our democracy, then nothing that we hope to protect—and nothing that we've already protected—will be safe."
STATE VOICES—SENIOR STATE CAPACITY BUILDING DIRECTOR
State Voices seeks an experienced, innovative organizer with a proven track record of success managing talented staff, developing and facilitating trainings, leading civic engagement and issues campaigns to serve as the Sr. Director of State Capacity Building (Sr.). The Sr. will manage a dynamic team of three capacity building organizers and one deputy director to ensure the department is supporting 23 state partners to strengthen organizational infrastructure, deepen and amplify leadership, and create a thriving and connected network. The ideal candidate will lead with an organizer’s orientation, build strong relationships with myriad stakeholders, implement innovative ideas and bring good energy into this newly redesigned department. Moreover, the Sr. must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to leading with racial and gender equity principles and practices. The Sr. is an integral part of the State Voices senior management team and will report to the Managing Director.
COMMON CAUSE—VOTING & ELECTIONS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
The Voting & Elections Program Director will manage overall operations of the Voting & Elections Program, working with state and national staff to develop and implement strategic campaigns that advance priority legal, policy and issue agendas on topics including modernization of voter registration and voting models, restoration of voting rights for formerly-incarcerated individuals, voting system integrity, curbing voter suppression and boosting voter participation.
LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND—VOTING RIGHTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
LCVEF is seeking a Voting Rights Program Director who is a strong base builder, coalition builder, and fierce advocate for equitable and accessible democratic processes at every level of government and in every community. The ideal candidate thrives on building and growing programs and is creative, motivated and inspires leadership and collaboration from partners and peers. They should have a penchant for detail, exceeding expectations and a desire to be a team player in a growing, dynamic organization.
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