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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 04.26.18

Thursday, April 26, 2018

 

RALLY Yesterday: ADVOCATES TELL SUPREME COURT NO MUSLIM BANS EVER

Yesterday morning, faith communities and civil, human and workers’ rights groups gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court to demand an end to Muslim bans that violate the Constitution and people’s fundamental rights.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Hawaii vs. Trump: the latest in President Trump’s efforts to permanently ban nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from coming to the United States. Lower courts have already struck down previous attempts by the Trump administration to overreach his presidential authority and enshrine intolerance in federal law. In a powerful display of solidarity and activism, advocates gathered to show the Court and the American public that an attack on the Muslim community is an attack on all of us who treasure the American ideals of religious freedom.
For event details and photos, click here. To learn more about the case before the Supreme Court, click here.

ADD YOUR SUPPORT – LET’S DEMAND A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR ALL IN MICHIGAN!

 

Water is a major environmental and civil rights issue in Michigan. As residents in Flint continue to deal with the physical and financial costs of lead exposure, we also see families in lower income parts of Detroit facing water shutoffs despite earlier assurances that the city would not do this. When politicians set policies that negatively impact students, families, seniors and more, we need to demand a democracy that works for all where we can hold leaders accountable for their actions.

Michigan was once a leader when it came to voting. The state was a model for voter registration across the country and what we all know now as the “Motor Voter” law. After leading for many years in the 1970s, Michigan has fallen behind with some of the most restrictive processes for voting, and politicians have drawn maps to choose the voters and control government. It’s time to change that. Michiganders have the opportunity this fall to both improve voting rights and achieve fair redistricting for all regardless of race, gender, class, or where they live.

If you have not yet been contacted by one of the DI team members to discuss supporting this campaign, please contact Elana Orbuch, at eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

ACTION: FLORIDA’S SECOND CHANCES CAMPAIGN - APRIL 28 A DAY OF ACTION

This November, Floridians can cast a vote for fairness by restoring the right to vote to people with past convictions. Today, nearly 1.5 million people across the state are permanently excluded from making their voices heard at the ballot box, despite having served their time and paid their debts to society. With Amendment 4, state residents have a chance to change that—and strike a win for democracy.

On Saturday, April 28th, the Second Chances campaign will host a statewide day of action to educate voters about Amendment 4. The campaign offers volunteers all necessary training and support to join the effort and make the day a success. Sign up with the campaign now to host a calling party for neighbors and family. To learn more about the campaign and other ways you can get involved, click here.

Join a WEBINAR TO HEAR THE LATEST RESEARCH ON VOTER ATTITUDES AND PRIORITIES

This fall, voters will consider ballot initiatives on some of the most critical issues of the day: from funding K-12 education to providing earned sick time and raising the minimum wage. Join the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center to hear more about its in-depth research into voter attitudes and priorities ahead of the 2018 election cycle.

Since its launch in 2016, BISC has helped progressive advocates across the country learn how to leverage ballot initiatives to advance democracy and economic security. Over the past year, BISC’s Roadmap to 2020 effort has been using cutting edge research tools to dive deep into public sentiment among voters in priority states—and understand how these insights can help predict outcomes.

Ballot initiatives are among our most powerful tools to build thriving communities and protect the rights of all members of American society. Join BISC to learn more about their latest insights into important segments of the electorate, the similarities and contrasts among them, and how we can use what we know to notch essential wins for progressive policy across the US. To register for the webinar, click here. For more details on BISC’s work, visit their website.

CHECK OUT NEW GREENPEACE REPORT ON CORPORATE MISUSE OF CONSTITUTION AND ATTACKS ON ENVIRONMENT

Emboldened by today’s anti-regulation climate, corporations are ramping up lawsuits to dodge consumer protections more than ever before. That’s why our friends at Free Speech for People and Greenpeace have released an important new report detailing big business’ campaign to exploit the Constitution and avoid playing by the rules.

Contaminating the Courts: The Corporate Campaign to Misuse the Constitution to Attack the Environment recounts the history of the corporate constitutional rights doctrine, surveys recent cases, and details the campaign to roll back hard-won environmental and consumer protections. Check out the report to learn how we got here, what corporations are up to, and learn practical tips for pushing back against this rising trend. For more on the report, check out the groups’ blog post here.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS CELEBRATION – JUNE 20, 2018

The annual Jobs with Justice Education Fund Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration honors those who follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s powerful example of championing workers’ rights as human rights.

This year, Jobs with Justice will be honoring:

Ullico President and CEO Ed Smith for his visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to working people and unions for more than three decades.

West Virginia Public School Teachers for waging and winning a powerful strike to sustain their families and improve public schools, while inspiring solidarity and activism for public educators nationwide.

Members of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) for their transformative campaign improving working and living conditions for retail janitors.

The evening will also feature the return of our highly-acclaimed silent auction.

Buy your tickets or become a sponsor today!

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.

 

Democracy Job Opportunities

Democracy Initiative Job Opportunities

The Democracy Initiative is excited to seek applicants for two new positions that will strengthen our field campaign capacity and support our increasing shift to scaling up the democracy field in terms of organizing and mobilizing: Senior Digital Campaigner and Grassroots Campaigns Director.

As part of our umbrella campaign, Democracy365, we are mobilizing memberships in key states to pass reforms that will strengthen the power of the grassroots to advocate for kitchen table issues at the local, state, and national level. We are seeking to win 20 reforms by 2020 through strategic engagement in democracy reform campaigns where DI partners can leverage our capacity to educate more people about the need for reform as it connects to community issues along with race, class, and gender.

For overall job referrals and questions, please contact the DI at 202-567-6101; eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

DI Partner Organization Job Opportunities

STATE INNOVATION EXCHANGE (SIX) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) is a national resource and strategy center that supports state legislators in advancing and defending progressive policies across the country, including supporting and advancing the rights of workers and working families, protecting the environment, strengthening our democracy, and defending civil rights. With a long-term vision of building progressive power and infrastructure at the state level, SiX assists legislators who are working to move a progressive agenda forward in the states and it has built a network of more than 1,500 elected officials who represent all 50 states.

The Executive Director (ED) is the key management leader of the State Innovation Exchange. S/he is responsible for overseeing the administration, fundraising, programs, strategic plan and direction of the organization. Other key duties include overseeing marketing to new communities and expansion and support of SiX’s state legislator network. The position works closely with and reports directly to the Board of Directors.

View more details: http://www.democracyinitiative.org/jobs/six-executive-director

DEMOCRACY NATIONAL “META PACKAGE” CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR (PUBLIC CITIZEN)

Public Citizen seeks a proactive, strategic Campaign Director who can help seize the opportunity inherent in such a democracy crisis or changed Congressional environment and win far-reaching democratic reforms at this “change moment.” The Director will work closely with allies to orchestrate meetings and convenings to create momentum for the work. They will develop content, guide the outreach to widen the circle of engaged organizations (state, local and national), and coordinate Hill outreach, as well as benchmark our overall progress.

For more information and to apply, visit our website.

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 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-weekly 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: May 2nd

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 eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meetings: April 26 and May 24

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