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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 03.21.18

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

VICTORY: GRASSROOTS DEMAND IN WASHINGTON STATE EXPANDS FREEDOM TO VOTED

The democracy movement is increasing participation, so more people can stand up and advocate for the issues in their community.

Amplify and create the demand for automatic voter registration across the country! Sample posts for social media (below).

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the “Access to Democracy” bills, a series of pro-democracy voting reform measures that include automatic voter registration, same day voter registration, preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and the Washington Voter Rights Act. The diverse grassroots groups that make up the WA Voting Justice Coalition are leading the way and creating the demand for a democracy that gives everyday people the opportunity to fully participate and advocate for their kitchen table issues.

Sample Social Media

"We’re playing on offense." Let's follow the lead of states like WA working to make sure our voices our heard. Let's fight for the #freedomtovote. http://bit.ly/2u11aU9 #waleg

A new day is upon us. States are prioritizing the #freedomtovote. This is an important step toward a better country for all of us. http://bit.ly/2u11aU9

RSVP TO ATTEND DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS BOOK DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ANTI-DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: MARCH 22, 2018

Nancy MacLean is coming to George Washington University on Thursday, March 22 to discuss The Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis of American Democracy. The talk is drawn from MacLean's recent book, a finalist for the National Book Award, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

MacLean traces the history of the capitalist radical right’s thought in the United States, outlining how it informed campaigns to privatize everything from public education to Social Security. Her story begins in the 1950s, as the civil rights movement is fighting to desegregate public schools and follows the career of the Nobel Prize-winning political economist, James McGill Buchanan, as he connects with various wealthy libertarians, most particularly Charles Koch. It was Buchanan who taught Koch that for capitalism to thrive, democracy must be enchained. And it is the Koch network’s strategic application of Buchanan’s thinking that has produced today’s relentless efforts to eliminate unions, suppress voting, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution.

MacLean is the immediate past president of the Labor and Working Class History Association and award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan, and Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace.

RSVP ONLINE

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES – MARCH 24: A DEMOCRACY IN ACTION HISTORY MAKING EVENT

The March for Our Lives to end gun violence in America is being led by young people across the country in the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy. Sadly, this week another school shooting occurred in Maryland yesterday putting this issue front and center for our rural, suburban, and urban communities.

Encourage your members to participate and make the link to democracy. Use #democracy365 along with #MarchForOurLives to amplify how we must participate all year to hold leaders accountable and advocate for the issues impacting our community by also fighting for the right to vote and public financing to ensure success.

For more information on local marches go to https://marchforourlives.com/

WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND FAIR MAPS IN MICHIGAN: NATIONAL BRIEFING APRIL 4TH AT 3PM ET

Hundreds of volunteers gathered signatures to get on the ballot to ensure Michigan residents, no longer allow politicians to leave millions of people on the sidelines of democracy when it comes to fair representation and advocating for kitchen table issues. Michiganders can deliver a one-two punch to the anti-democracy movement this fall by improving voting rights and achieving fair maps for redistricting. Winning both Promote the Vote and Voters Not Politicians ballot initiatives, we can take two giant strides towards restoring our democracy, so that governance can serve the interests of the people, not the wealthy few. These two ballot measures will that expand the voting rolls, support increased participation and civic engagement awhile ensuring fair representation to all regardless of race, gender, class, or where they live.

Join our information and mobilization session on Wednesday, April 4 at 3pm ET.

RSVP to Getachew Kassa (gkassa@democracyinitaitive.org) for more details and call-in information.

LET NY VOTE RALLY, BRINGS HUNDREDS TO NEW YORK CITY WITH ONE MESSAGE: WE NEED EARLY VOTING

Taking the fight to the next level on Thursday March 22 & March 27, 2018: No one should have to choose between their job, their personal responsibilities and their vote. It’s time for New York to join the 27 states that allow Early Voting! Governor Cuomo & the Assembly put $7 million in their budgets for early voting but now we need to make sure the State Senate hears the demand of the people: New York needs Early Voting now!

Your members in New York can make sure our leaders get the message that we expect them to keep money for Early Voting in the budget! Here are some key dates and next steps to engage your members:

Thursday, March 22nd Early Voting Twitter Town Hall
Join Let NY Vote for a Twitter Town Hall to answer questions about Early Voting. Susan Lerner (@Slerner212), Executive Directions of Common Cause NY will answer your questions about why we need Early Voting, how we've come this far in the fight to fund it, where we are now, and what we can do to pass it into law NY this year.

Tweet your questions, your personal voting stories and your thoughts about Early Voting to @LetNYvote.

Tuesday, March 27th National Thunderclap
Join the coalition’s thunderclap to help amplify the need for 21st-century democracy in New York starts with funding for Early Voting.

Wednesday, March 28th Call in Day
Together we can deliver on the promise of a 21st-century democracy in New York. Check out our messaging packet with additional information. If you have any questions feel free to contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitative.org or Susan Lerner at slerner@commoncause.org.

THINK 100%, COOLEST SHOW ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Check out “Think 100%, Coolest Show on Climate Change”, a new radio show and podcast from our friends at Hip Hop Caucus. This ground-breaking weekly show focuses on building a diverse and empowered movement to fight climate change, environmental injustices, and propel the transition to 100% clean energy for all. The new platform will provide the climate movement with the ability to break down silos, reach and empower new audiences, mobilize supporters, and position frontline communities for bold action.

More at Think100.info

STATE OF THE DREAM: NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK 2018 CONVENTION APRIL 18-21, 2018

Register for the National Action Network’s biggest convention ever! Marking 50 years since the assassination of MLK, we will measure up the state of the Dream and where the movement is going from here. Don't miss out on the biggest civil rights convention in the nation. It is guaranteed to truly be historic.

Register Online: http://bit.ly/NAN2018

Registration is free. Please refer back to NAN's website for updates on the schedule, speakers and panelists.
www.nationalactionnetwork.net

AMERICAN PROMISE HOSTS NATIONAL CITIZEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND LOBBY DAY: JUNE 22 - 25, 2018

Imagine a government run by people, not money. Our
American democracy and republic are in crisis, and no small measures will do.
In every state, Americans are working together to win a Constitutional
amendment to stop the big money corruption from super PACs and special
interests in our political system so that we the people are back in charge. We
need you in the game, and at the National Citizen Leadership Conference, June
22-25, 2018.

After a
weekend of inspiration, organizing and citizen training, join a team to meet
with our Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to build cross-partisan support
for our Constitutional amendment to stop big money corruption of our political
system! Lobby Day is included in your low, early bird Conference fee of $125.

Learn
more and register at https://www.citizenleaders.us.

Mobilization & Collaboration

Get Engaged - See Latest Updates on the Campaigns Calendar

We are maintaining a DI campaign calendar that will include information on upcoming events and activities. Visit our website to access the calendar.

Contact Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) or Elana (eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org) if you have questions.

2018 Calendar for Mobilizing Working Group Meetings

Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays at 3pm EST / Noon PST
RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Our bi-monthly meetings focus on field strategy with groups working both at the national and state level so we can collaborate and move democracy reforms effectively. All DI Members are welcome. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!

Next Meetings: March 21

DI Communications Working Group

Monthly on 4th Thursday of every month at 1pm

The communications working group is a collaborative space for message refinement using feedback from organizations working on the ground. These monthly meetings also help to resource partner organizations for ongoing local and national campaigns and coordinate messaging and communications as a coalition.

RSVP to mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meetings: March 22

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