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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 6.1.18

Friday, June 1, 2018

 

DI’s WENDY FIELDS ON A DINESH D’SOUZA PARDON

"The Dinesh D’Souza pardon tells big spenders that they can violate campaign contribution laws with impunity, and normalizes the political practices that allow moneyed interests to corrupt our democracy."

The Washington Post article is here.

"DARK MONEY" CONTRIBUTES TO FALL OF THE GOVERNOR OF MISSOURI, A Priority State for DI

One of DI’s priority campaigns is the Clean Missouri Initiative; an opportunity to create accountability, transparency and fairness so grassroots advocates can advance change on the issues impacting their communities - from raising the minimum wage to protecting our planet to addressing police brutality.

Together with our on-the-ground partners, we are fighting to reduce the power of lobbyists, to reduce the influence of big money in Missouri politics, and to increase access and participation in democracy for all Missourians. Read the full petition here.

Please support and endorse this initiative!

Also, Clean Missouri is hiring! Please spread the word about these positions:

On Tuesday, the extent of Missouri’s money in politics problem became national news when Republican Governor Eric Greitans resigned under a cloud of serious criminal charges and alleged ethical violations, including the use of “dark money” in his 2016 campaign, and while in office. Read more here.

PROFILE OF FLORIDA VOTING RIGHTS ACTIVIST, AUTHOR, AND RETURNING CITIZEN DEVIN COLEMAN

 

Another priority campaign for the DI is Second Chances Florida, which is fighting to overturn the lifetime ban on voting for those convicted of felonies. Nearly 1.4 million people in Florida are now permanently excluded from voting on the issues that matter most to them and their families.

Part one of a four-part series on the Second Chances Florida campaign on Courthousenews.com profiles Devin Coleman and his fight for the restoration of his voting rights.

Talking about his work to overturn the law that takes voting rights away for life from those convicted of a felony, Coleman says,

“It’s a people issue…These [former felons] are actually members of the community. They are married. They work. They coach football leagues. But there are pieces of their life missing, like not going to the ballot box.”

Read Devin’s full profile here.

And get involved in the the passage of Amendment 4, which would return the eligibility to vote to people only after they have completed their full sentences – including parole, probation, and restitution. The law specifically excludes those individuals who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense.

SAVE THE DATE: MEET THE AUTHOR OF “DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS”

 

Center for Popular Democracy, Common Cause, Democracy Initiative, Equal Voice, and Working Families are excited to sponsor a reception on Monday, June 18th, with Professor Nancy MacLean, author of “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.”

For additional details, and to RSVP: here.

The book discusses the strategic and historic underpinnings of the right-wing billionaire assault on our democracy. It is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was listed as The Nation’s Most Valuable Book. Ms. MacLean is a professor of history and public policy at Duke University.  

 

 

DEMOCRACY CHAMPIONS TRAINING

 

SAVE THE DATE: MICHIGAN DEMOCRACY CHAMPIONS TRAINING IN FLINT - JUNE 23, 2018

Join fellow activists to learn hard-hitting communications and smart strategies. Dig into the connections between the fight for democracy and today’s most pressing social issues—from environmental justice to the fight against racism and hate, from workers’ rights to issues within the LGBTQ community. We invite the Democracy Initiative’s 69 partner organizations to extend an invitation to all of your staff, members, and activists to participate. This is an opportunity for your members and activists in Michigan to become Democracy Champions, motivated and empowered to carry forward the pro-democracy fight in their communities.

Democracy Champions Training
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
9 AM to 5 PM

United Auto Workers Regional Office
1940 West Atherton Road
Flint, Michigan 48507

Register for the training here.

This highly-interactive training, grounded in popular education principles, will make the connections between democracy, power, and the ability to win justice on the diverse issues that motivate our partners. Participants will learn about effective communication and have an opportunity to practice making the pro-democracy case. We ask that our partners send 2-3 participants to the training. At the conclusion of the training, every participant will be recognized and celebrated as a Democracy Champion, with opportunities for ongoing engagement.  Contact Getachew Kassa with any questions at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org

New Report Refutes Republican Claims About Voter Fraud in New Hampshire

“Trump Crony Proves Widespread Voter Fraud Doesn’t Exist; An investigation in New Hampshire refutes Republicans’ wild claims about busing in out-of-state voters.”

Read the article here

MOBILIZATION & COLLABORATION

Get Engaged - See Latest Updates on the Campaigns Calendar

We are maintaining a DI campaign calendar that will include information on upcoming events and activities. Visit our website to access the calendar. Contact Elana (eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org) if you have questions.

2018 Calendar for Mobilizing Working Group Meetings

Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays at 3pm EST / Noon PST
RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Our bi-weekly meetings focus on field strategy with groups working both at the national and state level so we can collaborate and move democracy reforms effectively. All DI Members are welcome. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!
Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 13th

DI Communications Working Group

Fourth Thursday of every month, at 1pm E.T.
The communications working group is a collaborative space for message refinement using feedback from organizations working on the ground. These monthly meetings also help to resource partner organizations for ongoing local and national campaigns and coordinate messaging and communications as a coalition.
RSVP to apohl@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 21st

Stay Connected with DI Partners

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