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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 11.02.2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mobilize to Win in Missouri

CLEAN Missouri campaign manager Sean Nicholson presented at yesterday's expanded mobilizing meeting to engage DI partners on how we can join the efforts on the ground to build power and reach out to key communities. Voters and elected leaders are frustrated with the lack of transparency, accountability, and fairness in Missouri. The CLEAN Missouri Initiative is something that helps all of us fight big money and put democracy back in the hands of the people.

Contact Getachew Kassa (gkassa@democracyinitiative.org to learn more about how DI partners can engage and to get a recording of the call.


Attend Blueprint for a Great Democracy Conference - November 7, 2017

On November 7th Common Cause will host its fifth annual Blueprint for a Great Democracy Conference. We are excited to announce a great lineup of speakers and keynote who will help us explore responses to abuses of power, the state of ethics, security of our election systems, and the undue influence of money, including from foreign sources, in our campaigns.  We look forward to having you join us.  View agenda and RSVP here.  


On November 8, 2017, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is holding a day-long conference on “Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and American Democracy”.  As the Supreme Court considers the most important case on political gerrymandering in a generation, join us for a convening of scholars, practitioners, and activists from around the country as we seek to understand a path forward on redistricting reform. Our panelists will provide unique insight into the history of gerrymandering, the role of race in redistricting today, the current crisis of the Census, and will examine the landscape for reform. We also invite you to join us in the evening for a reception and Forum titled "Redistricting and Representation" at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The conference is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. You can register and receive a ticket via Eventbrite.

For an updated agenda, please visit our website event page. We’ll be updating this page as new speakers are announced.

Mobilize Floridians for a Fair Democracy! Organize Members Week of November 11th

The Second Chances campaign in Florida is in home stretch in gathering the 750,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot to restore that ability to vote to 1.5 million Floridians who were convicted of felonies and have completed their sentences.

Here are the primary ways you can help: (sample email blasts here)

  1. Send out the petition to your Florida members and ask them to mail it in (and print extra copies to gather signatures). You can send it by email and/or by mailing.
  2. Join the Day of Action on November 11 to collect signatures. We need to not only help recruit hosts but also direct people to this page to find an event near them.
  3. Organize petition drive. Contact Itohan Ighodaro (itohanighodaro@gmail.com) if your organization is interested in bringing a group to gather petitions.

Florida has the most restrictive policies in the nation with respect to limiting the ability to vote for citizens who have completed felony sentences. It is one of only four states in the country whose constitution permanently disenfranchises all citizens with past felony convictions. Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment would allow people who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote.

DEMOCRACY 365: Our Vote is Our Highest Currency

The Rural Coalition is one of Democracy Initiative's 63 diverse coalition partners that is working every day to connect members working on critical issues to democracy reforms. The Rural Coalition is grassroots-led by farmers, farmworkers, migrants and ingenious people working to build a sustainable and just food system. That starts by holding corporations and elected leaders accountable for the policies that impact our people as consumers and as a community.

Let’s stand together for our democracy! Take the pledge to make democracy an everyday activity so all Americans vote, all votes are counted, and leaders are held accountable to the people they represent - everyday Americans.

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


DI Communications Collaborative

Tuesday, November 21 at 4:15pm EST / 1:15 PST
RSVP to mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

This will be our second meeting focusing on messaging for our state campaigns in Illinois, Maryland, and DC. We also discuss analysis tools with Jess and Rob from Common Cause.  All members of your communications team (digital, press, messaging, etc.) are encouraged to attend.

Thank you to all the partners for coming out to the first meeting for our collaborative working group! We had great discussions with folks from Sierra Club, Common Cause, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, Daily Kos, SEIU, Communications Workers of America, Public Citizen, and Rethink Media.

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


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