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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 08.22.19

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—please share widely.

JOIN US FOR THE TOXIC TRIANGLE PANEL & RECEPTION!

When: Wednesday, September 4th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm with a reception to follow
Where: Office of Common Cause at 805 15th St NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005

Join us for a wide-ranging panel discussion covering the intersection of finance, climate change, race, and class and the little known ways that Wall Street and the fossil fuels industry exploit communities of color. We'll dive into critical subjects such as:

  • How much of the racism in the financial and fossil fuel industry is intentional and how much is just a byproduct of our nation’s original sin?
  • Follow the money! How lobbying, campaign contributions, astroturf, and dark money protect elites from accountability.
  • From redlining in real estate to mass incarceration, how does the intersection of wealth extraction and race and class affect people’s everyday lives?

Participants will include:

There will also be a Q&A session and attendees are invited to join us afterward for a cocktail reception on rooftop!

RSVP HERE

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DEMOCRACY IN THE NEWS

WE STILL HAVEN'T SEEN DEMOCRACY ON THE DEBATE STAGE

Despite one of the largest Supreme Court decisions on voting rights being issued this summer, reports of 17 million voter registrations cancelled since 2016, and a Senate Intelligence report revealing that Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states, Democratic candidates running for President have yet to field a single question about democracy reform.

The moment we’re in makes it clear that candidates must have a plan to address our pay-to-win government run for the benefit of corporations at the expense of the people. Not only that, but candidates must be pressed for their plans on how to pass their legislation through a gridlocked Senate that routinely halts voting rights and fair representation legislation from passing.

Read more here.

OIL & ENERGY LOBBYISTS ATTEMPT TO CRIMINALIZE PROTEST

In a recent audio recording submitted to The Intercept, major lobbying group American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers admitted to leading the effort to craft laws that criminalize protest and opposition to “critical infrastructure,” a designation that euphemistically covers pipelines, drills, and other fossil fuel projects on public land.

The group, which includes Chevron, ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, Valero Energy, and others, have been mobilizing their lobbyists to introduce legislation that slams protesters and protest organizers with fines and prison time and makes protesters liable for any damages. Model legislation crafted by the AFPM was distributed to state legislators, introduced in some form in 22 states, and passed in nine.

These attempts continue a long history of corporations and sympathetic politicians attempting to curb the free speech of Americans in order to further line their pockets.

Read more here.

SAVE THE DATE: DI 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE JOB OPPORTUNITIES

PIPER FUND—PROGRAM OFFICER, RIGHT TO PROTEST

The Proteus Fund partners with foundations, advocates and individual donors to advance democracy, human rights and peace. Their current major initiatives work to address money in politics, protect judicial independence and freedom of assembly, and more.

The Program Officer for the Right to Protest facilitates Piper Fund’s and Piper Action Fund’s work to protect freedom of assembly. The Program Officer conducts rapid response grant making to state and local organizations, coordinates a network of national organizations, and engages with philanthropic partners to raise funds to support this program. This is a full time remote position.

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.

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