Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 12.13.18

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—Please share widely.

Today: DI Board & Principals Meeting

For more information, contact Myke Bybee at

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Note: This will be the last weekly update before the New Year. The update will resume on January 9. Please contact Jack Flynn,, to submit items to be included.


Upcoming actions and events from our partner organizations & allies.
  • Declaration for American Democracy is hosting a Facebook live this afternoon, December 13, at 3PM EST highlighting a couple state level victories and urging activists to join December 20 actions in district drop-by actions. The live will feature Ellen Freiden, Campaign Chair of Fair Districts Florida, and Nancy Wang, Board President of Voters Not Politicians. For more information on the action and to hear from the leaders of successful grassroots democracy campaigns, tune into the Facebook Live here.
  • We're marking January 3, first day of the new congress, as an upcoming day of action, the details of which are still being formulated. On-the-ground actions are being coordinated by DI ally Indivisible, the link to which is forthcoming. Organizing for Action has also proposed to set up a tool for a call-in day of action alongside a script and instructions for coalition members. We will provide more information in the coming weeks.


Selected democracy news from the past week.


Pictured at our Democracy Champion Awards Reception, from left to right: Rev. Kobi Little of Baltimore City NAACP, and Heba Mohammad, Maya Berry, and Haley Arata of Arab American Institute.

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From our DI Principals Breakout Session, left to right: Nancy MacLean, Larry Cohen of Our Revolution, Chris Shelton of CWA, and David Duhalde of Our Revolution.

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>(From left to right): Karen Hobert Flynn of Common Cause, Renaldo Pearson of Democracy Spring, and Frances Moore Lappé of Small Planet Institute at the Principals Breakout.

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(From left to right): Keshia Morris and Tierra Bradford of Common Cause with La'Meshia Whittington-Kaminski of Friends of the Earth during our Democracy Champion Awards Reception.

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2018 Democracy Champion Awardees Nancy Wang (Voters Not Politicians), Brandon Jessup (Promote the Vote MI), Sharon Delonte (ACLU of Michigan), and Maya Berry (Arab American Institute). DI Co-chair Tefere Gebre accepted the award on behalf of the Missouri Labor Movement. DI Executive Director Wendy Fields and Co-Chair Karen Hobert Flynn also pictured.


Sadly, this week we must announce that our Senior Digital Campaigner, Aimée Pohl, has accepted a new position and is leaving the Democracy Initiative at the end of this week.

We want to congratulate Aimée on her new role doing outreach and operations at Jews United for Justice in Baltimore, MD. We know Aimée will tackle this new adventure with the same passion and dedication she has shown here at the DI. Working alongside Aimée this past year has been a great honor and a privilege. From marching in the streets of DC, to local organizing in Baltimore, and national outreach and communication efforts, Aimée has been a great addition to the DI, and she will be missed.

We will miss seeing Aimée each day, but luckily she isn’t going far! Jews United for Justice is a coalition member of our DI partner Bend the Arc, and hopefully will be a new DI partner itself soon! You can check out any time, but you can never really leave. We look forward to opportunities to continue to work together on democracy reforms in Maryland.

Please direct any communications or media related questions to Myke Bybee, at