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As we approach the Labor Day Weekend, we at the Democracy Initiative want to take a moment to express our appreciation for the hard working women and men of the labor movement. Our labor partners, with support from many allies, have experienced some recent victories in the face of constant attacks, like the terrible Janus Supreme Court decision. One major win was when Missouri voters overwhelmingly defeated Right to Work, and affirmed the right to organize in their state, including their right to collectively bargain. Also, recently, a federal judge struck down parts of Trump’s executive orders that attempted to weaken and undermine the representation of federal workers. That executive order would have made it easier to fire employees, and would have limited the ability of union members to support candidates who share our values across the country.
We and DI partners share a core principle; we cannot have a strong and healthy democracy without a strong labor movement that can set decent economic standards and safe working conditions for us all. So rest up this weekend, as the fight continues.
On September 22 and 24, the Arab American Institute Foundation is hosting summits in Detroit and Atlanta to tell the complex story of one America: a country with varying regional, and shared federal, policy challenges. Activists, change-makers, and thought-leaders from various backgrounds and expertise from across the country will come together to produce a definitive shared vision for the future. You can register here. For more information, contact Heba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DI Board Member Annie Leonard of Greenpeace USA is a leading partner in the Protect the Protest Task Force effort against groups that use legal action and threat of financial risk to silence criticism and protest.
A healthy democracy is a precondition for a healthy environment, & we can't have a healthy democracy without informed, engaged public dissent. That's why we're fighting back against SLAPPs. https://t.co/AvdhYjD65J @protectheprotest @EarthRightsIntl @ACLU @greenpeaceusa
— Annie Leonard (@AnnieMLeonard) August 29, 2018
Join us at our bi-weekly mobilizing meeting on Wednesday, September 19; you can learn more information and ways to get involved. RSVP with Getachew at email@example.com.
DI anchor partner Common Cause launched their Our Democracy 2018 campaign to ensure that our elected officials protect our democracy.
To take action, visit their campaign website and use their toolkit to send a message to your elected officials.
DI partner Hip Hop Caucus is launching their final Respect My Vote! voter registration and mobilization on September 6, with a focus on Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Hip Hop Caucus will be collaborating with influencers to share content on Hip Hop Caucus social media channels. Follow @HipHopCaucus and stay tuned for more information.
Congratulations to DI anchor partner Common Cause and allies on their victory in North Carolina against partisan gerrymandering. A federal court ruled that NC's congressional map violates the U.S. Constitution on three counts. Common Cause v. Rucho also satisfies the standing requirements set out in an earlier gerrymandering case heard by the Supreme Court in June, making it the strongest anti-gerrymandering case going forward. The case will likely be heard in 2019.
According to reporting from the Florida Secretary of State's office, voter turnout for yesterday's primaries was at its highest since 2002 at 27.34%. Thanks to effective voting rights policies like early voting, voters had greater access to the polls; the Democrat voter turnout increased by nearly 70% before the polls even opened on Tuesday. The high primary turnout points to historic levels of participation for the upcoming November midterms, and Florida joins many other states this season reflecting the trend towards high turnout.
The Trump Administration's racism will have consequences for the November midterm elections, writes President of the NAACP Derrick Johnson. Johnson put out an op-ed on Monday, August 28 addressing the disparity between whites and people of color on how they view the president's rhetoric and actions; Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native American voters overwhelmingly report feeling hostility from Trump's administration, a feeling not entirely shared by their white counterparts. Despite the administration's "war against civil rights," the people will continue to fight for racial justice, and it starts at the ballot box.
2018 Expanded Mobilizing Meetings
Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays at 3pm EST / Noon PST
On September 5, DI’s next bi-weekly Mobilizing Committee Meeting will continue working on priority state campaigns, with a focus this week on the Promote the Vote and Voters Not Politicians ballot initiatives in Michigan. Todd Cook from Promote the Vote and Katie Fahey will join us with updates on the initiatives’ current progress and offer opportunities for engagement.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Getachew Kassa at firstname.lastname@example.org.