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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 3.22.17

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

NY Times opinion of Gorsuch(Click to Tweet)

In honor of Women's History Month, here are three key things to share with your members about the women in elected office:

  • As candidates, on average, women face more unfavorable spending than men. (Click to Tweet)
  • Women have a higher chance of winning in open seat races; however, they are often underfunded by PACs and parties. (Click to Tweet)
  • Women represent 51% of the population but hold only 20% of the seats in Congress. (Click to Tweet)

VICTORIES

New Mexico is One Step Closer to Stronger Government Accountability & Getting Money Out of Politics

New Mexico Roundhouse

Thanks to the hard work of advocates and state groups in New Mexico, several pro-democracy reforms were passed in the New Mexico state legislature and now await action by the Governor.

Reforms include:

The legislature also rescinded outdated calls for an Article V constitutional convention that wold have jeopardized our constitutional rights and civil liberties.

 

PROGRAM CALL REMINDER

Join us for our Bi-Weekly program call next Wednesday, March 22nd at 3PM ET/12PM PT. RSVP to eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

ACTION ALERTS

The Fight for Fair Elections in Maryland Continues!

Now is the time to make sure the Howard County lawmakers finalize the Citizens’ Fair Election Fund and give every voter a strong voice. Democracy Initiative partners successfully worked together to pass the county charter amendment to create a citizens’ funded election program (53%-47%) last November. The Council will begin working on a bill to fund the program on March 23 with a final vote expected in early May.

Mobilize Your Members in Howard County!

  • View list of upcoming County Council hearings.
  • Share social media content.
  • Encourage members to write letters to the editor to local papers.

 


Join the Movement for Fair Elections in DC!

Today, the D.C. Fair Elections public financing bill was co-introduced by eight (8) councilmembers. The bill will hold D.C. elected officials accountable to district residents instead of special interests, and gives everyday citizens a stronger voice.

Show your support for the bill and learn more at www.dcfairelections.com.

Kudos to the strong grassroots coalitions that includes national and local chapters of DI partners like Public Citizen, CWA, Demos, Every Voice, 350.org, Jobs with Justice, U.S. PIRG, Sierra Club, League of Conservation voters, Food and Water Watch, SEIU, and People for the American Way.


#BigMoneyGorsuch

Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing began on Monday. DI partners are turning up the heat on Gorsuch’s troubling connections with money in politics and his harmful opinions that impact the environment, workers' rights, and civil liberties. Groups supporting Gorsuch have spent $3.3 million in ads targeting key Democrats, compared to $181,000 spent by groups opposed to Gorsuch -- a 20-to-1 margin.

Now more than ever it's important for the U.S. Senate Judiciary to ask serious questions about whether Gorosuch will side with #DonorsOrVoters.

Your Actions Have an Impact!

We had over 3100 people participate in the Gorsuch call-in last week, along with the letter signed by over 120 groups.

Representatives from Communications Workers of America, Sierra Club, Demos, and Lawyers Committee will be testifying on Thursday.

 


We Must Hold Sessions & Trump Administration Accountable

FBI Director James Comey confirmed that there is an active investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The investigation includes Trump campaign activities. This makes it all the more important for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down after he failed disclose his contacts with Russian officials.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sign-Up for People's Climate March

Climate March

Saturday April 29 -- Millions will mobilize in resistance against Trump’s agenda and for our climate, our jobs, and our justice. The "country-wide arc of action" led by The People's Climate Movement will have marches in DC, Miami, San Diego, and many more cities find one near you here. Sign up and share the link to join the march here!  Mobilize your members with sample social media.

We will share how organizations can get involved in the march at the next program meeting (March 22).

 


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