Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 07.18.19

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—please share widely.

D.C. STATEHOOD HEARING UPDATES

The House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on HR 51—the Washington, DC Admission Act—has been postponed from July 24 to this fall, likely in mid-September. The new date will be announced soon. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton requested this change, given the two Mueller House committee hearings now scheduled for the 24.

DC Vote has pivoted and is using this extra time to organize a bigger turnout for the hearing, secure more statehood endorsements from more national organizations, and build their campaign to educate America.

Actions Needed:

  • Review the list of Democrats who have not yet cosponsored H.R. 51 and S.B. 631 here and take action where you may have an impact to push this last group to cosponsor.
  • Fire up your turn out plans once we have a new date for the hearing, and if you can, offer staff or leaders to help staff the day-of. Utilize the media toolkit and information at www.showup4dc.com.

Finally, for those of you in DC area, if you could use a drink (and we could) join DC Vote for the new IPA Statehood beer Thursday, July 18 from 6pm – 8pm at Red Bear Brewing Company 209 M St NE. Free tickets are available here.

DEMOCRACY CHAMPIONS TRAINING #INTERNEDITION TOMORROW!

Our 2nd Annual Democracy Champions #InternEdition Training is this Thursday, July 18! We’re so excited to welcome 50 interns from over 25 partner organizations to this amazing training! Our attendees will leave this training equipped with a partner resource toolkit that will support their future work in advancing democracy reform in their schools and states, and will feature Joanne Antoine, Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland, as a Co-Facilitator and guest speaker!

Make sure your interns read the Case Study we sent out, and come on time with questions and notes ready!

COALITION PARTNER CORNER—TAKE ACTION

ACLU OF MICHIGAN TRAINING WEBINAR REMINDER

Last November, Michiganders passed Proposal 3, a package of voting reforms and measures that returned the state to its place as a leader in the fight for accessible, fair, and expansive democracy. But the fight doesn’t end when the votes are tallied—it’s time to implement.

Join the ACLU of Michigan, League of Women Voters of Michigan, Voters Not Politicians and other allies for an online training designed to create empowered voters!

The upcoming webinar dates:

  • July 24, Organizing your clerk engagement team: Identifying team members, delegating roles, and staying engaged.

Sign up here!

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CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER CALL-IN EVENT

Fines and fees are creating a system where voters are kept from the ballot simply on the basis of wealth. Our commitment to a strong democracy fully representative and accountable to the people demands that we eliminated all barriers to the vote.

Join Campaign Legal Center's call-in event on Thursday, July 25 to learn more about how the criminal justice system affects voting rights in the United States

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MUELLER TESTIMONY STREAM FACEBOOK CROSS-POSTING

DI partners Common Cause, MoveOn, PFAW, Public Citizen and other allies are prepared to push Mueller's testimony as far as possible next week via the Mueller Book Club. The Club will stream three events on Wednesday, July 24th, including the Judiciary and Intelligence Committee hearings, and a post-testimony analysis at 8:30 pm Eastern.

In order to get the largest possible reach and engagement, we are inviting all groups to be prepared to cross-post the video stream on Facebook. If your group is willing to cross-post Mueller's testimony and the post-testimony analysis, please reach out to Jonah Minkoff-Zern at jzern@citizen.org and include a contact for the manager of your Facebook page.

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NEW BRENNAN CENTER REPORT—H.R. 1 RESTORES SECURITY TO US DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS

On July 10, DI partner the Brennan Center for Justice released an analysis of the Mueller Report dealing with the ways in which U.S. law fails to adequately secure our elections. Their findings lay out how the country is especially vulnerable to foreign interference, which Russia and other foreign powers will almost certainly seek to exploit again in 2020. It also documented numerous potential violations of campaign finance and ethics rules and, in Volume II, a sustained effort by the president to interfere in the special counsel’s investigation.

See the analysis summary here, and the full report here.

SENATE WATCH

Gov. Inslee, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President, recently said of the filibuster in an interview with POLITICO:

"My opponents and the other aspirants in the race have really sincere, powerful things they want to get done. None of which would have a chance in hell of getting done if they continue to cling to this filibuster. There is no way that Mitch McConnell is going to let major climate change legislation to the Senate floor. Even if we have 59 votes. He's not going to let it happen."

That is to say, anyone who does not prepare a meaningful strategy to govern after winning the presidency is not a serious candidate.

JULY 31 MOBILIZING MEETING AGENDA: NATIONAL POLLING ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Wednesday, July 31, 3PM EST / NOON PST

Join us on the next DI Mobilizing Call on Wednesday, July 31 at 3pm EST.

Civiqs, who do polling for DI partner DailyKos, will be joining us for the July 31 Mobilizing Meeting. Civiqs will talk about recent national polling that they’ve done on campaign finance and impeachment, with opportunities to join in discussions about messaging strategy and narrative development.

For more information and to RSVP, email Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE—COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

The Democracy Initiative, a dynamic network of 72 organizations, representing 45 million members, is seeking a talented Communications Intern to join our team. Working under the supervision of the Communications Strategist, the Communications Intern will assist with message development and implementation, social media engagement, and online mobilizations for our diverse issue partners. This is a paid internship.

See the full posting here.

 

DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE—GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING INTERN

The Democracy Initiative, a dynamic network of 72 organizations, representing 45 million members, is seeking a talented Grassroots Mobilizing Intern to join our team. Working under the supervision of the campaign team, the Grassroots Mobilizing Intern will assist with message development, organizing campaigns, training, and mobilizing democracy issues to our partners. This is a paid internship.

See the full posting here.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS—NATIONAL ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

DI partner League of Women Voters is seeking a National Organizing Director, who will be responsible for developing and driving the League of Women Voters’ organizing strategy to build the long-term grassroots power at the state and national levels necessary to secure transformative wins that address the fundamental inequities built into our democracy. This is a senior level management position. This is a supervisory position that directs national LWVUS organizing staff, and in major priority campaigns, works closely with state and local volunteer field teams.

See the full posting here.

TAKE ON WALL STREET—EDUCATION & ADVOCACY COORDINATOR

DI partner Take On Wall Street is seeking a highly motivated self-starter with a passion for economic, racial, and gender justice, and have a demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse team of colleagues and allies for their Education & Advocacy Coordinator position.

The Take On Wall Street campaign came together to build a financial system for white, black, and brown working families, not big Wall Street banks. In the spring of 2016, over 50 groups decided to work together to envision a better financial system, train activists, cultivate champions, and fight for policy change to address the predatory economic power of big Wall Street banks and billionaires, and build a financial system for all of us.

Read the full posting here.

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