Statement by Larry Cohen, Chair, Democracy Initiative
In response to introduction of legislative package to improve political system
The introduction in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of a comprehensive set of campaign finance reform and voter registration policies is an important victory for both the American people and our democracy.
A democracy only works when the voice of each person is heard and counted equally. Today, that fundamental value of political equity is under siege from twin forces that are inextricably linked – the rise in systemic voter suppression and disenfranchisement and the massive influx of big money in our political system.
We cannot achieve success on the country’s most pressing issues – civil rights, climate change, women’s and worker’s rights and racial and economic inequality – unless we address these weaknesses and strengthen the fundamental pillars of our democracy.
That is why the Democracy Initiative many of its 59 member organizations and other partners worked to ensure that voter suppression and disenfranchisement and money in politics to be addressed simultaneously in this package of policies – because we can only strengthen our democracy and make it work for all Americans by addressing both.
Larry Cohen is chair of the Democracy Initiative and the immediate past president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
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Democracy Initiative Board
Larry Cohen, Chair
Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO
Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director
Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President
Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director
Karen Hobert-Flynn, Common Cause President
Wendy Fields, Democracy Initiative Executive Director
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