Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—please share widely.
- AVR significantly increases the number of voters being registered—increases in the number of registrants ranging from 9 to 94 percent.
- These registration increases are found in big and small states, as well as states with different partisan makeups.
- May 6: Broward County, Florida
- May 13: Alabama (City TBD)
- TBD Date in May – Washington, DC
For more information and for ways to get involved, reach out to the Leadership Conference's Regional Field Manager Jordyn Bussey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking back to celebrate the powerful, nonviolent direct action that our partners and countless allies organized, we see the origins of our current moment. Democracy Awakening, a demonstration of grassroots demand for the protection and strengthening of our democracy, puts our recent victories into perspective. The direct line from Democracy Awakening to H.R. 1 shows the power of the grassroots and reflects the demand felt first in the states. Finally, it reminds us that through unified effort from people of all walks of life, we can stand together, demand democracy, and make progress on the issues that matter to all Americans. The fight goes on.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) April 18, 2019
Three years ago, a diverse movement of thousands of activists and advocates from more than 300 labor, enviro, civil rights, and faith groups marched for #DemocracyAwakening to demand reform on voting rights & voting rights expansion, money out of politics & fair representation. pic.twitter.com/7lqrNuA62a
— LWV of the US (@LWV) April 16, 2019
Democracy wins like #HR1, Amdt. 4 in Florida, AVR & EDR in the states, Campaign Public Financing, and more never would have happened without #DemocracyAwakening. The democracy movement continues to grow: today’s gains are yesterday’s demands. pic.twitter.com/82jgCEbyja
— SEIU (@SEIU) April 17, 2019
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) April 17, 2019
Democracy wins like #HR1, Amdt. 4 in Florida, AVR & EDR in the states, Campaign Public Financing, and more never would have happened without #DemocracyAwakening. The democracy movement continues to grow: today’s gains are yesterday’s demands. https://t.co/zuiAPzVOOr
— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) April 16, 2019
Today marks three years since the public mobilized to save our democracy. Our mission hasn't changed: restore the Voting Rights Act, overturn Citizens United, enact public financing of elections and win expansive voting laws in every state in the country. pic.twitter.com/C49rExbCni
— Democracy Awakening (@DemAwakening) April 16, 2019
-FL restored voting rights to 1.4 million
-14 states and DC have joined a compact to scrap the Electoral College
-MI passed an initiative to end gerrymandering
-HI and NM passed automatic voter registration
-HR1 passed the House
The movement to save our democracy is winning. https://t.co/9fd3tktLIu
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) April 16, 2019
This month 3 yrs ago I experienced the thrill of democracy marching w/ @DemSpring from Philadelphia to DC. I’m still exhilarated by the power I feel uniting with strangers to find "civil courage"& fight the corruption of our democracy! https://t.co/l3n0LNrxuX #DemocracyAwakening
— Frances Moore Lappé (@fmlappe) April 18, 2019
NAACP PRESIDENT BLASTS WOEFULLY DEFICIENT MUELLER REPORT RELEASE
DI board member and NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson, in response to the Thursday, April 18 release of the redacted Mueller Report, released the following statement:
"The report released today by Attorney General William Barr falls woefully short of what is owed to Congress and to the American people. This administration is intent on hiding facts and covering its tracks. Attorney General Barr released only half of the truth, confirming our warning to the Senate that Barr cannot ‘overcome the presumption he was selected to protect Donald Trump.'
We call upon Attorney General Barr to immediately release the complete Mueller report in unredacted, unedited, and unvarnished form. The public has a right to the entire truth. Congress must pursue every course available to secure the entire report and release it [....]”— Derrick Johnson, NAACP President & CEO
Read the full statement here.
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COMMON CAUSE PRESIDENT PENS COLUMN ON BALLOT INITIATIVES UNDER ATTACK
DI Board Co-chair and Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn & Chris Melody Fields Figueredo’s latest for USA Today, entitled “Voters finally found a way to get things done and now politicians are thwarting them,” was published on April 16, 2019. The piece details the shameful attempts to ignore the voices of voters standing together to better their communities, because those attempts often run counter to wealthy interests stranglehold on political power.
"Citizen-initiated ballot measures have proven to be an effective tool for everyday people to advance issues that legislators too often fail to address, so the shameful attacks on the citizen initiative process by partisan politicians and wealthy special interests should not come as a surprise. In 2018, voters across the country used this vital tool to transform our democracy and fight for their communities [...]
The attacks on the ballot measure process are symptomatic of larger concerns about our democracy and a growing awareness that there are powerful political forces attempting to diminish the people’s voice in it. In Florida, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, and Missouri, legislators and wealthy special interest groups have launched attacks to make it harder for citizens to collect signatures to put issues on the ballot. In Michigan, after grassroots volunteers and Michiganders led several successful power-changing ballot campaigns, legislators quickly passed a bill that created more hurdles to participate in the democratic process during the lame duck session."
Read the full piece here.
TRAINING AND MOVEMENT BUILDING COORDINATOR
The Democracy Initiative is a unique, broad and diverse coalition of 70 organizations committed to strengthening U.S. democracy by growing the grassroots activist base. We are seeking a high-energy, creative, experienced leader committed to bottom-up organizing to coordinate our democracy training, leadership development, and movement-building activities.
DI partners are encouraged to recommend qualified, diverse candidates!
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