Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 05.18.18

Friday, May 18, 2018


Common Cause’s Karen Hobert Flynn: Transparency in Politics Long Overdue

Share with your networks: Karen Hobert Flynn, president of DI partner Common Cause, pens op-ed for NBC News. Read more to learn how outdated anti-corruption and transparency laws lead to shady backdoor deals in DC.

Democracy Initiative Updates - Get to know Myke Bybee, New di Campaign Director


The Democracy Initiative is thrilled to announce our new Campaign Director, Myke Bybee, an experienced strategist and campaigner who worked most recently at the Resources Legacy Fund.

Myke hails from Utah where he developed a passion for conservation and the environment. Beginning as a field organizer with the Sierra Club, Myke has worked on numerous political campaigns as well as issue-based mobilizations across the country.

He spent 5 years as a Program Officer at the Wyss Foundation, managing hard-hitting campaigns, strategic grantmaking, and overseeing a number of advocacy projects in the West.

Myke spent nearly a decade with the Sierra Club, forging coalitions with a wide range of organizations around climate change and environmental injustice.

He is looking forward to deepening his relationships with all the Democracy Initiative partners and working collaboratively to hone our strategic efforts to unite around the democracy reforms that are so critical to achieving all of our goals justice, equality and a sustainable planet. Read more about Myke here!




The DI is currently planning a series of high-energy, high-impact trainings for champions in the fight for our nation’s democracy. Join fellow activists to learn hard-hitting communications and smart strategy.

Dig into the connections between the fight for democracy and today’s most pressing social issues—from environmental justice to the fight against racism and hate, from workers’ rights to issues within the LGBTQIA community.

Keep an eye out for more information—including dates and a one-pager to share with your network.

The DI will host a training in Michigan on June 16! Register for the training here.



Any day now, the United States Supreme Court will issue its ruling in Janus vs. AFSCME.

This case part of a national scheme by corporate CEOs and billionaires to weaken union power, rob public sector employees of the chance to freely assemble, and keep working people from speaking up about the basic conditions of their jobs.

We have no time to waste. Allies of working people from across the country are showing SCOTUS and our nation’s elected officials our power.

Join us to flood social media and policymakers’ offices with messages they can’t forget: that working people reject a rigged economy, and no Supreme Court ruling can take away our voice.

Use the Janus Vs. AFSCME toolkit for messaging and responses. For specifics on how to join the action, click here, or visit To get notified of when the decision hits, sign up here



The U.S. cannot afford harmful meddling in our democratic process. Last fall, democracy advocates broke records by gathering 150,000 comments demanding the Federal Elections Committee develop rules on disclaimers and disclosure of internet political advertisement. We need your help to keep the pressure on!

The next round of comments is due on May 25. Join allied groups CREDO Action, Demand Progress, People for the American Way, Public Citizen and Common Cause to take action:

* Send out email blasts to your lists next week asking for sign-ons. Our friends at Public Citizen will have a sample comment and email blast ready next week.

* Pack the room on June 27, when the Commission holds its hearing with public testimony. Per the NPRM, “anyone wishing to testify at such a hearing must file timely written comments and must include in the written comments a request to testify.”



Greenpeace is excited to announce an opening for a savvy, experienced Democracy Campaigner. As oil money buys ever bigger influence in government, the fight for clean air, clean water, and climate solutions has never been more urgent.

Join one of the planet’s most renowned campaigners to combat the corrupting influence of corporate money in government and defend our democratic spaces. To apply for the position, click here


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 ( if you have questions.

2018 Calendar for Mobilizing Working Group Meetings

Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays at 3pm EST / Noon PST
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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 with any questions!
Next Meeting: May 30

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.
Next Meetings: May 24 & June 28

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