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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 9.7.2017 - Special: Pence-Kobach Mobilization

Thursday, September 7, 2017

“As a child of immigrants, I am appalled that this administration is turning their backs on young people. POTUS has fueled hate and animosity towards immigrants despite their many contributions to our economy – often in low-wage jobs.  DACA recipients are part of America – they are consumers, students, service men and women, teachers, nurses, and many of the hardworking people that go unrecognized on a daily basis. Ending DACA is yet another example of the continued assault on everyday people seeking to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.”  

-Wendy Fields, Executive Director.

Read the full press release here. Stay up to date here on ways to engage members and support the organizations and DI partners including, CASA and UnidosUS, working to #DefendDACA and build a grassroots democracy movement to win, and make leadership changes.

Join the action on SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 for democracy

Mobilize Members Nationally and in the States to Send a Strong Message to the Sham Commission

Today, millions of eligible voters are denied the right to vote or blocked from fully participating in democracy. Across the country, everyday people are coming together to stand up for a democracy that works for all people, not just wealthy special interests. We are calling for a democracy where all eligible voters are registered, all voters can cast a ballot, and all votes are counted. The president’s sham election integrity commission is filled with bad actors who have made a career of blocking everyday people from participating in voting. Over 50 groups and hundreds of people across the country are pushing back on attempts to shrink the voting power of everyday citizens, and calling for adopting pro-democracy reforms to increase participation at all levels.


1) Join the Day of Action on September 12, 2017: Demand a Democracy that Works for All

The Democracy Initiative, in collaboration with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights as well as many state and national organizations are planning multiple grassroots actions and online mobilizations to lift up the stories of the millions of Americans whose basic right to participate in democracy is in jeopardy. Please access the Democracy Initiative’s Pence-Kobach Mobilization Packet to support the mobilizations in the states.

Mobilize your members to attend an action in these states: details here!

* New Hampshire (Manchester), Tuesday, September 12, 8am EST, at the St. Anslem College (RSVP)
* Georgia (Atlanta), Tuesday, September 12, 12pm EST, at the Georgia State Capitol (RSVP)
* Missouri (St. Louis), Tuesday, September 12, 11am CST at the St. Louis History Museum
* Missouri/Kansas (Kansas City), Tuesday, September 12, 12pm CST, at Ilus Davis Park
* Arizona (Phoenix), Tuesday, September 12, 9am MST, at the Arizona State Capitol

2) Sign the Pledge: Join with Thousands in Solidarity for a Democracy for All!

We the People have the power improve and protect the lives of working class families, our communities, our environment, and our nation 365 days a year.

We stand together to for a democracy where:

· All eligible voters can register to vote,
· Every vote is cast and counted securely, and
· All communities have the freedom to participate equally in the democratic process.

Share the pledge with your members to show the solidarity of our movement. Email David (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) for a personalized link to the pledge so you can track your members who take action.

3) Light Up Social Media: Show The Commission What Democracy Looks Like!


No matter who you are, we all should be able to participate in our democracy. When we come together and vote, we can make sure we have safe schools, clean water, and an economy that works for everyone.  Share the Thunderclap telling the commission that our democracy is about participation not purges!  Share sample facebook posts and tweets with your members here. #DontMessWithOurVote

4) Tell A Personal Narrative: Our Votes are Under Attack

When we stand together, we can hold our leaders accountable. It is time to make sure we preserve the protections for our health, our neighbors, and the environment. Mobilize your members to share a short quote on why voting matters to them and connecting the dots to core issues such as the environment, criminal justice, and healthcare. Email Michelle Whittaker, mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org.

Tuesday, September 12 at 8pm ET: Tune in for the Facebook Live Town Hall

Kris Kobach and other commissioners want to use the flawed Interstate Crosscheck, which could purge millions of eligible voters, targets minorities based on insufficient data, and is threat to our democracy. Learn how our partner’s members are at risk of being purged and how you can plug into actions through social media and in person the morning of the Commission.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Bi-Monthly Mobilizing Meeting


September 20th 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.

Protect Our Communities #DefendDACA

August 15th marked the 5th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Over the past 5 years, 800,000 young people have been protected through the program. The Trump Administration ordered an end to DACA and the protections it provides to these 800,000 young people. This lack of compassion is in stark contrast to the core values of a nation built by immigrants and native people. Stand in solidarity with DI Partner, CASA to #DefendDACA.

Mobilize your members to #DefendDACA and stay updated on actions here:

  • Urge your Senators to do everything in their power to protect DACA and defend immigrant youth. Senators and Representatives through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
  • Sign this petition advocating for DACA to be kept in place.

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