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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 10.11.2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Don't Hand Democracy Over to Corporate Polluters

A healthy planet goes hand in hand with a healthy democracy. The current administration’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan is the latest example of elected leaders handing over democracy to corporate polluters to write the rules in their favor. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt cares more about the bottom line for fossil fuel executives then he does about our health and safety.

Meanwhile, Congress has failed to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), leaving millions of children at risk and worried parents up at night about how to provide for their family. We need elected leaders who will lead with clean energy solutions to prevent childhood asthma, missed work and school days, and the thousands of premature deaths that occur every year because of fossil fuel pollution. At a time of rising temperatures, rising food prices, and rising health care premiums it's time for leaders who care about the needs of everyday people, not corporate interests.

To build a healthy democracy, we must blunt the influence of money in our politics at every level of government. That’s why clean elections programs across the country are being adopted at the local and state level. When we hold leaders accountable we can have a democracy that works for all. From Maine to Oregon and Maryland to Illinois, everyday people are saying it’s time to get big money out and bring small donors in!

We can stop the repeal of the Clean Power Plan and build a people-powered democracy.

Postcards for Public Elections in illinois!

This weekend Our Revolution Illinois hosted the state’s first Gubernatorial Candidate forum for the 2018 election. The televised forum was held at the Chicago Teachers Union Hall and was moderated by NBC’s Mary Ann Ahern. The event was co-hosted by over 50 organization across the state. Democracy Initiative organizer, Jack Lockhart, collected postcards from attendees to show support for fair elections in Cook County. Jack was able to collect over a 100 postcards from attendees passionate about fair elections!

Contact David if you'd like to know more about the fair elections campaign in Illinois: dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org.

RSVP for Daring Democracy Discussion - OCT. 24


Small Planet Institute (new DI partner) has released Daring Democracy by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen. The book celebrates the accomplishments of our democracy movement and includes interviews and quotes from Wendy Fields, Sierra Club and other democracy partners.

RSVP TO ATTEND: The Democracy Initiative will host Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen on October 24 at Busboys & Poets (5th Street) in Washington DC. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Email Elana at eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org for more information.

Invest in a People-Powered DC & Fight Big Money

There is growing support for the Fair Elections Act in the District of Columbia. It would give everyday voters in all wards the opportunity to support and elect candidates that truly reflect their communities.

Too often wealthy special interest have had a voice in politics and policy. In DC politics the donor class is older, whiter, wealthier, and more male than the population as a whole.

Now the people have a chance to have a stronger voice with a small donor empowerment program that matches funds raised from small contributions.

Invite your member to be part of the October 11 Meet-up with DC Councilmembers and D.C. Fair Elections members at Busboys & Poets (625 Monroe St NE) from 6:30-9:00pm. RSVP to attend.

Has your organization added your name to the sign-on letter? Deadline to sign-on is October 13.      

In Pursuit of an Informed Citizenry: Freedom of the Press in the Trump Era

Common Cause will be hosting a panel on freedom of the press in the era of Trump on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 2:00PM at the National Press Club.

Politicians have always had an adversarial relationship with the press—but never in recent memory has the press been subject to the sort of criticism waged by President Trump. This panel will examine the role that the press plays in a democracy—watchdogging abuses of power; informing citizens; ferreting out corruption; and providing an outlet for leaks. Topics will include pressures, both political and economic, on the press; protections for leakers and those who report leaks; challenges that news organizations face and how journalists in newsrooms are responding; what consumers of news can do to support fact-based journalism; and how to defend the values of a free press when some citizens are persuaded that the media is the “enemy.”

democracy 365: Get People in, Get Money Out

Democracy works best when all Americans have the freedom to participate regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. The right to vote is our most powerful tool we have to advocate for the issues that matter most. It is how we hold elected leaders accountable and stand up to wealthy special interests. From climate justice to workers’ rights to criminal justice and immigration reform, we win on our just causes when all eligible voters can fully participate.

Our Democracy: Main Street not Wall Street

Wendy Fields, Executive Director for the DI, will be a speaker at the AFL-CIO's upcoming  "All of Us or None of Us" Diversity & Inclusion Pre-Conference on October 21st.

Only if we stay united can we organize tomorrow's workforce, build political power for working people, and defend out dignity and rights at work.  Join the AFL-CIO, union members, leaders, and community partners for a day of inspiration and action-oriented workshop from prominent civil and women's rights leaders on October 21st, in St. Louis, MO. Register here:  http://bit.ly/AFLCIO2017-allofus


Annual Meeting: DECEMBER 14          

Join us for the December Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 from 1:00pm-4:30pm ET.  

Following the meeting there will be a reception to honor and appreciate "Democracy Champions!"

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Bi-Monthly Mobilizing Meeting


October 18 at 3pm EST / 12pm PST

RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

Our bi-monthly meetings to make decisions on field strategy and move actions  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!

DI Communications Collaborative

Tuesday, October 24 at 4:15pm EST / 1:15 PST
RSVP to mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

We are launching the communications working group to coordinate messaging for DI partners on our local and national campaigns. This will be our first meeting all members of your communications team (digital, press, messaging, etc.) are encouraged to attend.

Please email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.


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