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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 7.28.2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Welcome Working Families Party to the DI!

The democracy movement continues to grow as we welcome the Working Families Party as a new partner to the DI. Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us.  Hundreds of thousands of individuals are members of the Working Families Party in the states.  We look forward to their continued leadership on DC and Maryland Small Donor Campaigns. To learn more about Working Families and check out their new website at workingfamilies.org.



Expose Real Fraud of Pence/Kobach Commission

Our democracy works best when everyone participates. Some politicians want to shrink our voting power so that they won't be held accountable for policies that hurt workers, pollute our planet, or poison our children. The Pence/Kobach Commission is ignoring the real urgent threat to our democracy: decreased participation.

That's why our coalition is standing up to say "Don't Mess With Our Vote" to urge the Commission to focus on making sure every eligible voter is registered and every vote is counted.


Now is the time to turn up the volume! We want to send a strong message that this coalition and the broader democracy movement will not let them shrink our voting power. Here is how you can mobilize your members:

  • MAKE CALLS – Urge members to call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111. We can generate thousands of calls to disrupt their business as usual attitude about voter suppression.  
  • JOIN THE STREET ACTION – Let us know if your organization is/wants to be on the front lines of this fight. You can be part of our rapid response teams.
  • SHARE A STORY – We immediately want to identify activists who are speaking out and can share a short quote on why voting matters to them and drawing a link to core issues. 

    Example: My right to vote holds elected leaders accountable to ensure all Americans have an equitable criminal justice system #DontMessWithOurVote


Mobilizing & collaboration 

Bi-Monthly Mobilizing Meeting


August 9th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST

RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

Our bi-monthly 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.

Sierra Club on the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Democracy

Mike Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and DI Board Member, wrote in June on the intersection of environmental justice and Democracy. As Brune notes, "when we look at the political ecosystem with the eyes of an ecologist, it becomes easy to spot the connections between environmental issues and other social problems."  Thank you to the Sierra Club for being such an important partner in this movement.


Faith Communities Urge Congress Not to Fund Injustice

On Friday, July 21, 24 faith organizations sent a letter to Congress urging Members of Congress, the Committee on Appropriations, and Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to oppose funding the POTUS' Commission on Election Integrity. As the letter states " in these moments of division and strife, Congress must send the message that the voting booth is open to all eligible voters, regardless of race, class, faith or political affiliation."  Read the full letter here.


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