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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 5.10.2017 - SPECIAL: Illinois Mobilization

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

We have a new format for the Weekly Update that organizes mobilizing opportunities by states that are part of our new Democracy365 umbrella campaign. Use this tool to help activate your network around key reforms that will build a more reflective and responsive democracy for all.

Welcome David & Elana!

Please take a moment to welcome new DI staff: David Sanchez and Elana Orbuch. David started on Monday as our Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. Elana has been working with us as an administrative temp but joins us full-time as the Program Assistant and Office Manager.


Opportunities to Change Politics in Illinois!

Illinois is poised to become the 7th state to adopt automatic voter registration. We have 18 days to finalize the bill in the House before the General Assembly adjourns on May 31, 2017.

It's time for collective action, join us for a mobilization webinar on Wednesday, May 11 at 11amET. RSVP to eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

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We have a unique moment in Illinois to advance reforms that will blunt the influence of corporate money in politics and help more citizen get registered to vote. New public financing legislation will be introduced in Cook County and the Illinois Senate unanimously passed SB1933, moving the state one step closer to Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). SB1933 is a revamped AVR proposal that incorporates changes pushed by Rauner after he vetoed a similar bill in 2016.

ACTION: We need to mobilize members in specific districts to make sure AVR passes the House and is signed by Governor Rauner.

We are hosting a partners mobilizing call/webinar on Thursday, May 11 at 11am ET / 10am CT. RSVP to eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.


Empower Everyday People with Political Power!

Howard County and Montgomery County are pivotal to the advancement of small donor matching programs in Maryland. Both counties have passed citizen-funded elections and now its time to make sure these programs are fully implemented!

ACTION #1: Fully fund the Fair Elections Program in Montgomery County (MD)

The GO committee will vote on funding for the program THIS WEEK, mobilize your network in to fight for full funding of the Fair Elections Program.

ACTION #2: Howard County Mobilization May 22 thru June 5

The Howard County Council will vote on the Citizens' Election Fund (CB30) on Monday, June 5. The Fair Elections Howard County coaltion is preparing for mobilizations from May 22 to June 5 to show councilmemebers how much the community supports this bill.


March on Harrisburg to Expand Voter Power

If you are sick of politicians picking their voters, politicians voting with their donors and not you and systematic defacto disenfranchisement, then join the march (starting on May 13) and participate in lobby days in Harrisburg May 22-25.

Visit http://www.marchonharrisburg.org for more details and to sign-up as a sponsor. The all-volunteer team leading the march is looking for organizations that can help get the push out for the march and mobilize members to meet with their representatives in Harrisburg.


Public Financing Under Attack

Legislators in Connecticut are threatening to cut funding to the state's public financing program that has been in existence for a decade. The DI will discuss mobilizing efforts for the state during our program call.

For more information, email David Danchez at dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org


Partner Mobilization for Illinois

We're gearing up for Democracy365 with upcoming webinars and discussions on how organizations can help mobilize members on key reforms. Join us on Thursday, May 11 at 11am ET / 10am CT.

RSVP to eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

Program Call

Join us for our Bi-Weekly program call next Wednesday, May 17th at 3PM ET/12PM PT. We will provide an update from the field on the Automatic Voter Registration efforts in Illinois and other state campaigns. RSVP to eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

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