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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 05.23.18

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

#A BETTER DEAL FOR OUR DEMOCRACY

DI Executive Director Wendy Fields on “A Better Deal for Our Democracy;” Democracy Reforms Must Top House and Senate Dems’ Agenda

This Monday, House and Senate Democrats introduced a package of policies to fight legalized corruption in our democratic process, put voters’ needs first and keep wealthy special interests from rigging the rules of the game. Voters have long demanded voting rights, ethics, campaign finance reforms and limits on lobbyists’ as well as corporations’ financial influence in politics. Coverage can be found here. In response, Wendy Fields issued the following statement:

"The people are sending a strong message at the local level, and Democratic leaders are listening: Our communities want a government that works for them, and it’s time to stop wealthy special interests from cheating us out of active participation in our political process."

Read more here.

 

DEMOCRACY CHAMPIONS TRAINING

 

SAVE THE DATE: MICHIGAN DEMOCRACY CHAMPIONS TRAINING IN FLINT - JUNE 23, 2018

Join fellow activists to learn hard-hitting communications and smart strategies. 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 LGBTQ community. We invite the Democracy Initiative’s 69 partner organizations to extend an invitation to all of your staff, members, and activists to participate. This is an opportunity for your members and activists in Michigan to become Democracy Champions, motivated and empowered to carry forward the pro-democracy fight in their communities.

Democracy Champions Training
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
9 AM to 5 PM

United Auto Workers Regional Office
1940 West Atherton Road
Flint, Michigan 48507

Register for the training here.

This highly-interactive training, grounded in popular education principles, will make the   connections between democracy, power, and the ability to win justice on the diverse issues that motivate our partners. Participants will learn about effective communication and have an opportunity to practice making the pro-democracy case. We ask that our partners send 2-3 participants to the training. At the conclusion of the training, every participant will be recognized and celebrated as a Democracy Champion, with opportunities for ongoing engagement.  Contact Getachew Kassa with any questions at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org

 

DI PARTNER ACTION

 

Bob Levanthal, a national Common Cause office volunteer for over twenty years, had a Letter to the Editor on Montgomery County, Maryland’s public financing system published in the May 20th edition of The Washington Post.

Read it here. Thank you, Bob, for correcting the record, and spreading the word about public financing of elections!

DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE UPDATES--MEET AIMÉE POHL, NEW DI SENIOR DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER

 

Before coming to the Democracy Initiative Aimée was the Media Coordinator for RootsAction.org and the Institute for Public Accuracy, working on a diverse array of online campaigns including those for racial and economic justice, civil rights, whistleblower protections, democratic reforms, and peace.  

Learn more about Aimée here.

TAKE ACTION ON DEMOCRACY

SHOW SCOTUS AND ELECTED LEADERS UNIONS WON'T BACK DOWN

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

This case is 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 americaneedsunions.org. To get notified of when the decision hits, sign up here


APPLY NOW! GREENPEACE SEEKS DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGNER

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

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 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.
RSVP to apohl@democracyinitiative.org Next Meetings: Tomorrow, May 24 & Thursday, June 2

 

 

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