Packed room for DARING DEMOCRACY BOOK CONVERSATION With Frankie, Adam & Wendy
Daring Democracy, a new book by activists, friends, and gifted authors, Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, makes the case that winning on kitchen table issues - workers’ rights, women’s rights, climate justice, and a fair justice system -- matters most. On Tuesday night, the Democracy Initiative hosted a conversation between Wendy Fields, Democracy Initiative Executive Director, Frankie and Adam. Over 45 guests, including our friends at People for the American Way, Sierra Club, Common Cause, ReThink Media, Corporate Accountability, MayDay, Public Citizen, Every Voice, Center for Environmental Health, Story of America, Greenpeace, Clean Water Action, Green Latinos, American Progress, and Our Revolution, joined us to discuss how we can bring people together to tackle tough issues, win on kitchen table issues, and fight for a democracy where everyone has the opportunity to participate.
Order Daring Democracy Online
DI members can order books from Beacon using the code DI365 to receive a 20% discount on Daring Democracy and any other Beacon title purchased through the website. Go to http://www.beacon.org.
TONIGHT OCT 26 at 7pm: Secure & Protect Our Vote Tele Townhall
What: Secure & Protect Our Vote Tele Townhall
When: October 26th at 8 PM EST/7pm CST/6pm MST/5pm PST/4pm Alaska time/3pm HI time
Who: Tom Hicks, EAC Commissioner |Elena Nunez, Colorado Common Cause Executive Director| Hannah Fried, Access Democracy| Amber McReynolds, Director of Elections for the City and County of Denver | Barbara Simons, Verified Voting
Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l_oApX2GR2KzlaaRf-siNw
The stakes couldn't be higher. Our democracy relies on free, fair, and accessible elections. And it falls on each of us to ensure that every eligible voter’s voice counts. Together, we can work in our communities with local election officials to modernize infrastructure, improve security, and remove any barriers that stand between Americans and our right to vote.
Attend Blueprint for a Great Democracy Conference - November 7, 2017
On November 7th Common Cause will host its fifth annual Blueprint for a Great Democracy Conference. We are excited to announce a great lineup of speakers and keynote who will help us explore responses to abuses of power, the state of ethics, security of our election systems, and the undue influence of money, including from foreign sources, in our campaigns. We look forward to having you join us. View agenda and RSVP here.
Labor Members Turnout for Democracy Ted Talk at AFL-CIO Convention
Executive Director Wendy Fields, joined by Carlos Jimenez (Executive Director for Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO), spoke to packed room of AFL-CIO members during the pre-conference workshop, "Our Democracy: Main Street, Not Wall Street" on October 22 in St. Louis Missouri. Wendy focused on how strong unions are at the heart of a strong democracy and the front lines of economic and social change in American democracy.
Congratulations to President Richard Trumpka, Secretary-Treasurer Shuler, and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre on their re-election to the AFL-CIO leadership. We're excited to that Tefere's voice and leadership will continue to be part of the DI's board.
Le'ts Make Elections Fair in Prince George's County Now! MOBILIZe Members to SIGN Petition
Urge Prince George's County Council to Establish Fair Elections Program
Earlier this month the Fair Elections Maryland Coalition hosted a town hall and County Council Member Mary Lehman pledged to introduce a Fair Elections Bill. This would make Prince George’s County the third county in Maryland to have a Fair Elections Program. Sign the petition to urge Prince George’s County Council to establish a county Fair Elections Program.
Fair elections give everyday people a stronger voice through small donor contributions that stop big money from polluting our politics and our communities. Check out the new website for Fair Elections Maryland where you can volunteer, host a house party, and
D.C. Fair Elections: Shift Power Back to Voters!
We are thrilled that the majority of the D.C. Council is supporting the D.C. Fair Elections bill to empower voters, especially people of color and working families, who are underrepresented in our current system. With the end of the year insight, we’re counting on the council to get Fair Elections passed! Mobilize your members to send an email for their D.C. Councilmembers.
CONFERENCE AT HARVARD NOVEMBER 8TH: GERRYMANDERING, REDISTRICTING, AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
On November 8, 2017, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is holding a day-long conference on “Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and American Democracy”. As the Supreme Court considers the most important case on political gerrymandering in a generation, join us for a convening of scholars, practitioners, and activists from around the country as we seek to understand a path forward on redistricting reform. Our panelists will provide unique insight into the history of gerrymandering, the role of race in redistricting today, the current crisis of the Census, and will examine the landscape for reform. We also invite you to join us in the evening for a reception and Forum titled "Redistricting and Representation" at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The conference is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. You can register and receive a ticket via Eventbrite.
For an updated agenda, please visit our website event page. We’ll be updating this page as new speakers are announced.
DEMOCRACY 365: STAND TOGETHER FOR DEMOCRACY
We will on the issues that matter most to our communities and families - a just economy, a healthy planet, thriving communities, and more - when everyone can participate fully and freely in our democracy. Voting is the most powerful tool we have to individually and collectively hold leaders accountable - but if we're not on the voting rolls, we're not able to act.
Let’s stand together for our democracy! Take the pledge to make democracy an everyday activity so all Americans vote, all votes are counted, and leaders are held accountable to the people they represent - everyday Americans.
Annual Meeting: DECEMBER 14
Join us for the December Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 from 1:00pm-4:30pm ET.
Following the meeting there will be a reception to honor and appreciate "Democracy Champions!"
Mobilizing & Collaboration
Special Briefing: Clean Missouri Ballot Initiative
Wednesday, November 1 at 3pm EST / Noon PST
Putting Missourians First, Not Big Donors, Lobbyist and Partisan Politics
Join Sean Nicholson, campaign manager for Clean Missouri Initiative for a coalition meeting on Wednesday, November 1st at 3pm EST.
Lobbyists, big donors, and small groups of political insiders have too much control and influence over Missouri state government. The Clean Missouri Initiative is desperately needed to make state government more transparent, limit the power of big money in the state legislature, and ensure elected officials are held accountable to the people of Missouri.
Working families deserve a living wage and a government that is more transparent and represents everyday people.
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Please email Getachew (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
DI Communications Collaborative
Tuesday, November 21 at 4:15pm EST / 1:15 PST
RSVP to email@example.com, cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be our second meeting focusing on messaging for our state campaigns in Illinois, Maryland, and DC. We also discuss analysis tools with Jess and Rob from Common Cause. All members of your communications team (digital, press, messaging, etc.) are encouraged to attend.
Thank you to all the partners for coming out to the first meeting for our collaborative working group! We had great discussions with folks from Sierra Club, Common Cause, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, Daily Kos, SEIU, Communications Workers of America, Public Citizen, and Rethink Media.
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