Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—Please share widely.
DI Board & Principals Meeting
Thursday, December 13 at 3:30PM EST / 10AM PST
During the DI Annual Meeting, we heard from many of you about the 2019 lay of the land, your organizational priorities, and how we can deepen and strengthen our collaboration in the coming year. Your input and guidance is vital to helping the DI align resources and help to coordinate our collective efforts.
We would like to continue the strategic conversations on Senate rules the Federal Democracy Package Opportunity in our follow-up meeting on Thursday, December 13 from 3:30-4:30PM EST, with the rest of the DI Partners and principals that were unable to attend the Annual Meeting. We will be joined by Our Revolution Chair Larry Cohen.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Myke Bybee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've also compiled coverage of some of the other attacks on the will of American voters:
- Is one where voting is a fundamental right and a civic responsibility;
- Serves the people rather than the private interests of public officials and wealthy political donors;
- Is one where our influence is based on the force of ideas, not the size of our wallets;
- Is one where people know who is trying to gain influence over our representatives, who is trying to influence our votes, and how and why policy is being made; and
- Works to respond to the needs of all people and their communities, building trust in governance and equity.
At the Annual Meeting, the DI coalition identified opportunities to move democracy reform at the state and national levels. Incoming House Democrats have announced that their first bill in the new year will address the issues outlined in DFAD’s principles of a strong democracy. We expect this bill to be called H.R. 1, and are looking forward to pushing bold democracy reform at the national level by urging Congress to pass legislation that establishes a strong democracy, so that we can win on the issues that matter most to us, such as accessible and affordable healthcare, environmental justice and protections, and workers’ and civil rights.
Tell your members to take action with Common Cause and email their representatives to encourage them to include public financing and independent redistricting commissions in H.R. 1!
DI partner People for the American Way has put together a full suite of materials for activists and members to set up and conducts visits with representatives across the country in support of comprehensive democracy reform.
- Our speakers and panelists Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO), Joanne Antoine (Common Cause MD), Haley Arata (AAI), Nse Ufot (New Georgia Project), Brandon Jessup (Promote the Vote MI), Larry Cohen (Our Revolution), and Rev. Yearwood (Hip Hop Caucus),
- The breakout session leaders Shayda Naficy (Corporate Accountability), Peggy Shorey (AFL-CIO), Tania Maduro (Democracy Spring), and Beth Jacob (Bluestocking Strategy),
- Our Board, Derrick Johnson (NAACP), Michael Brune (Sierra Club), Annie Leonard (Greenpeace), Chris Shelton (Communication Workers of America), Tefere Gebre (AFL-CIO), and Karen Hobert Flynn (Common Cause), and,
- All the attendees who contributed their valuable time and ideas.
We could not have had such a successful Annual Meeting without all of you!
We would additionally like to thank those who attended Monday’s Democracy Champions Train the Trainer session, and to Izzy Bronstein (Common Cause) and Debbie Szeredy (American Postal Workers Union), for helping to lead the training.
REPORTS FROM THE BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Our Annual Meeting attendees participated in one of three Breakout Sessions, based on their interest and specialty in the subject: Messaging, Legislative Strategy, and Corporate Campaigns.
Messaging Guidance, led by Beth Jacob, of Bluestocking Strategy; The group reviewed the most recent Democracy Initiative messaging guide, available here, practiced short “elevator” pitches about how our is/sues connect to the democracy movement, highlighted the importance of using stories in our messaging and discussed the gaps and barriers to having our messages received. See the notes from this session here.
Legislative Strategy, led by Peggy Shorey, of the AFL-CIO, and Tania Maduro of Democracy Spring; This session worked on identifying the most important states and democracy reform issues to focus on in 2019-2020, increasing the number of Democracy Champions trainings, and what we need to get ready for January, 2019. See the notes here.
Corporate Campaigns, led by Shayda Naficy of Corporate Accountability; This breakout identified areas of particular urgency and convergence, including campaigns in the finance, tech/social media, and fossil fuel industries, policy enforcement, narratives to build solidarity, research to support work on the ground, and public education around high-impact sectors like water and transportation. See the notes here.
Additionally, the leaders of several partner organizations and DI Board Members reviewed the Draft 2019 Campaign Plan.
2018 Final Mobilizing Meeting
Wednesday, December 12 at 3PM EST / Noon PST
As the dust settles on the 2018 Midterm elections—and new lame-duck fights erupt—we look forward to reconnecting with folks for our last DI Mobilizing Meeting of the year next Wednesday, December 12 from 3-4PM EST.
Join us to celebrate our collective victories in 2018 and to help shape our coordinated work in 2019. The DI is in the process of making recommendations for priority campaigns for 2019; to that end, we’ve invited Common Cause and State Innovation Exchange to provide an overview of federal and state opportunities to move democracy reform in 2019.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Getachew Kassa at email@example.com.