Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 08.07.19

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—please share widely.

SENATE WATCH: SENATE MUST ACT TO PROTECT US

In the last week, there have been three mass shootings in the United States. Mass shootings have been plaguing the country for some time now, but never before have their accelerated at such an alarming rate in so short a period. We mourn the family members, friends, and neighbors lost in these contemptible acts of white supremacist and misogynic violence, and we mourn the fact that the country has failed, time and again, to keep its citizens safe. A truly strong, 21st century democracy prioritizes the safety and security of all its people.

Democracy Initiative Executive Director Wendy Fields, in response to the recent mass shootings, offered the following statement:

"There is no debate about whether now is the time to take historic steps toward bold gun reform, pursuing the best policies and implementing them with a strong sense of urgency. We demand those elected to govern to do their damn job and ensure every American is safe, regardless of zip code."

That’s why we’re calling for pressure on Mitch McConnell and the Senate, who have managed to kill gun control bill after gun control bill. The Senate’s weaponized dysfunction has prevented action on many issues Americans care about, and gun violence is no exception. Millions of Americans are calling for action, yet McConnell’s response has overwhelmingly been one of inaction and complicity.

We urge all Americans to call on their own Senators and demand action. We call for the Senate to cut through gridlock and obstruction, to govern as Americans need them to, and to act immediately to ensure the safety of all Americans.

(Ann Telnaes/Washington Post)

SAVE THE DATE: TOXIC TRIANGLE

AUGUST 14 MOBILIZING MEETING AGENDA—NATIONAL POLLING ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Wednesday, August 14, 3PM EST / NOON PST

Join us on the next DI Mobilizing Call on Wednesday, August 14 at 3pm EST.

Next Wednesday, we'll be joined by Rachel Sinderbrand, Director of Research at Civiqs, who do polling for DI partner DailyKos, on recent polling around democracy issues. Rachel will talk about recent national polling that they’ve done on campaign finance, impeachment, and more, 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.

SAVE THE DATE: DI 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

DEMOCRACY IN THE NEWS: STATE UPDATES

TEXAS—INTERVIEW WITH TEXAS WOMAN JAILED FOR VOTING

Crystal Mason cast her vote in the 2016 presidential election. And then she was prosecuted and jailed for doing so. Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson decided to make an example of her when it was reveal that Mason was ineligible—though she didn’t know it at the time—to vote due to her incomplete probation period. Even though Mason’s provisional ballot was never officially counted, she was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison for the crime of using her voice in our democracy.

Sam Levine from Huffington Post recently interviewed Mason, and discussed both her fight for justice and the ongoing war on voting launched by voter suppression architects. Read more here.

TENNESSEE—ELECTION SECURITY BLOCKED BY STATE OFFICIALS

On Saturday, August 3, a proposal designed to implement election infrastructure that produces a paper trail was halted by the state’s GOP-controlled Legislature’s legal team. In light of recent Homeland Security reports that all states were targeted by Russians in the 2016 Election to varying degrees, voting rights advocates have fought for increased election security measures, such as paper ballots, in order to safeguard the American people’s voice. Now, state opponents of election security have halted the measure by claiming that it imposes upon county election officials.

Read more here.

DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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.

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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