The DI Report

Weekly Update 02.15.18

Thursday, February 15, 2018

FROM THOUGHTS & PRAYERS TO ACTION & SOLUTIONS

We mourn yet another tragic mass shooting in America that took the lives of 17 children and adults, and injured many others. U.S. Senate Chris Murphy (D-CT) put the inaction of Congress on mass shootings succinctly: Congress is “responsible for a level of mass atrocity” that is unique to America.

As the DI wrote after the Las Vegas mass shooting…

When 307 (87%) of the current members of Congress have received a combined $3.5 million from the NRA, it is clear that they do not serve the will of the people. When gun industry stock rises following a mass shooting, it is clear corporations are profiting off of people’s fears. When doctors, nurses, and hospitals are ill-equipped to treat gun victims because of a federal ban on firearms research (thanks to the gun lobby), it is clear health care is not a priority for some elected leaders.

Every American deserves to live free from violence. We must say “No more!” and show elected leaders that there is a grassroots demand for common sense solutions to stop the violence. This is our democracy.

Use this moment to make the connection with your members about how important civic engagement is to a reflective democracy.

JOIN A NATIONAL BRIEFING ON PROMOTE THE VOTE BALLOT INITIATIVE IN MICHIGAN – FEB. 21 AT 3PM ET / NOON PT

Promote the Vote, a grassroots coalition in Michigan, launched a ballot initiative to win voting reforms that include automatic and same day voter registration and increased ability to vote through early voting and absentee ballots. The Democracy Initiative is proud to endorse the Promote the Vote campaign as one of our priority campaigns under the Democracy 365 umbrella to achieve increased access and participation in democracy across the United States.

Promote the Vote is a major opportunity to support communities in building power to both secure and accessible elections for all – but we need your help so that every person has the ability to advocate for kitchen table issues in their community!  

Join our briefing on Wednesday, February 21 with ACLU Michigan’s Kary Moss to get your members engaged in Michigan.

RSVP to Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

STAND UP FOR STRONG UNIONS – JOIN SOLIDARITY ACTIONS FEBRUARY 24-26, 2018

A Call to Action for the Democracy Reform Community; Stand and be Counted at the Working People’s Day of Action – February 24, 2018

Winning the fight for a strong labor movement is critical to winning the fight for a healthy democracy.

On February 24, join thousands of working people and our allies and stand up for strong unions. Send a message to corporations that the right to organize and collectively bargain is a core democratic principle and right. It is a checks and balance on corporations in the quest for a good family wages, healthcare, quality schools, vibrant communities and a secure future for all of us. It is also a powerful voice in overcoming the influence of wealthy interests in our election system and voter suppression.

If you are in the fight to win reforms on money and politics, expand and protect voting rights, redistricting, and ethics reform join us on February 24 and demand an end to a system that’s rigged against working people.

Find a local event at http://www.itsaboutfreedom.org.

Download the toolkit for the day of action via Dropbox.

Solidarity Mobilization on Janus v. AFSCME – February 24-26, 2018

DI partners will be mobilizing to stand in solidarity with public sector unions that are under attack. Anti-democracy forces are attempting to curtail freedom of association and the right to organize for millions of hardworking people. When one of us is under attack, we are all under attack. This is our opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with the labor movement to ensure all Americans can freely organize and advocate for economic and social justice in the workplace and our communities.

To get your organization involved and to learn more about the Supreme Court case, contact Getachew Kassa gkassa@democracyinitiative.org. We will send out a special notice with the full toolkit and messaging material.

 

 

BECOME A DEMOCRACY CHAMPION TRAINER!

We are excited to be launching the Democracy Champions program in 2018. The goal is both simple and audacious: to create a grassroots army of Democracy Champions who will be inspired, motivated and empowered to take on strategically-targeted democracy campaigns across the country.  

The first step toward this goal is to train our first group of trainers. At the Democracy Initiative’s December annual meeting, you expressed interest in having staff and/or lead activists from your organization become Democracy Champions trainers. We would like to invite you to designate 1-3 individuals to attend the Train the Trainer in the Washington, DC area (precise location TBD). We are surveying interest for the following dates February 23-24 or March 4-5.  The February training convene the Friday evening and conclude by 2 pm on the Saturday. The March training we will convene Sunday evening and conclude by 2 pm on the Monday.  The date will be established based on majority interested. Please fill out this form letting us know which date works better for you: http://bit.ly/DemocracyChampion

Trainers do not need to be subject-matter experts. We need folks willing to commit to some nights and weekends, are good listeners and understand 1:1 communication, and able to travel for trainings. Grassroots organizing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Since initial Democracy Champions trainings will be held in Michigan, Maryland, Missouri and Florida, trainers from those states are especially welcome. If you have questions, feel free to follow up with Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

Please RSVP for the Democracy Champions Train the Trainer on our eventbrite.

21st Century Democracy Reforms Advancing in New Jersey and New York!

This week the democracy movement made major steps forward to ensure access to voting for more citizens in New Jersey and New York. We must continue to create the demand for 21st century democracy reforms and move elected leaders to act so all people can have a voice in our democracy. Participation is central to the ability to advocate for the kitchen table issues that matter most to members.

“Democracy Act” (New Jersey) – The General Assembly is considering a sweeping set of reforms to adopt automatic voter registration (AVR), early voting, online voter registration, and preregistration for 17-year-olds. The Democracy Act has the potential to increase participation for marginalized communities – the working class, low income, people or color, students, and seniors.

#DemocracyNYC (New York, NY) – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new initiative, Democracy NYC, to expand and protect democracy for millions of New Yorkers. De Blasio’s democracy agenda includes improvements to public financing, expanding voting access, and voter registration and engagement efforts – specifically to register young voters through high school civics programs.

Victory! Early Voting funding from Governor Cuomo (New York) – Thanks to the efforts of the diverse grassroots coalition of unions, civil rights, and good government groups led by Let NY Vote, Governor Cuomo added funding for early voting in his 30-day budget amendments. Many national DI partners participated in actions to encourage support for funding through the state to ensure counties can implement early voting successfully. Share this big win with your members on Twitter and Facebook!

 

JEFF SESSIONS: “AN INSULT TO JUSTICE” AND A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY

This week U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demonstrated yet again why is unfit to hold the highest law enforcement office in the land. AG Jeff Sessions shows himself to be unqualified for his current role and openly biased against communities of color and marginalized groups. In a recent speech he celebrated the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” and has lead efforts throughout the Department of Justice to dismantle agencies responsible for protecting the civil liberties of Americans. The NAACP released a statement condemning his remarks and calling to question Sessions’ ability to stand up for justice for all Americans. Read the statement from DI Board Member Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP.

PFAW Report Card

America clearly needs an Attorney General who will fight for justice and equality for all, not against them. But fighting against justice and equality is what Jeff Sessions has consistently done in his first year in office. Continued efforts and vigorous oversight and exposure by the press, the public, and by Congress will be crucial in the future, as will be efforts in the courts to try to stop Sessions’ harmful agenda. Read PFAW’s full report card on Sessions.

DI PARTNERS STAND UP FOR PUBLIC FINANCING IN CONNECTICUT

Last week Friday, February 9th, DI Executive Director Wendy Fields and Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn provided testimony on the need to expand and strengthen the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP) in Connecticut. Wendy and Karen expressed the need to strengthen the CEP as an important tool for giving ordinary citizens a voice and creating transparency in our government. Connecticut’s program is a model for the rest of the country. Since it was implemented 10 years ago, the General Assembly has become more diverse with more working class, more women, and more people of color holding elected office. It is also extremely popular with 80% of legislators choosing to run under public financing.

READ The Connecticut Mirror article on the hearing.

READ testimony from Wendy Fields and Karen Hobert Flynn.

WATCH testimony.

ISO: AN ORGANIZATION INTERESTED IN COORDINATING MOVIES AROUND DEMOCRACY REFORMS

The DI has received a number of requests from filmmakers to host and share movies. As we do not have the capacity to take on this coordination. We are looking for an organization to work with us on coordinating and assessing interest in groups hosting a film screening. As you know, movies about democracy can be great way to engage members or participants at a conference/convening.  If your organization can provide some support, please contact Elana Orbuch at eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DI Communications & Mobilization Intern

The Democracy Initiative is seeking a talented communications and mobilization intern to join our team. Working under the supervision of the Director of Communications and Digital Media, the Communications Intern will assist with message development and implementation, social media engagement, and online mobilizations for our diverse issue partners. Read more and apply.

Promote the Vote Michigan Campaign Manager

Promote the Vote is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all in Michigan. The Promote the Vote executive committee seeks a proven leader to serve as its campaign director to develop and implement a statewide campaign to pass a constitutional ballot amendment in November, 2018. This measure is designed to implement election reforms to update Michigan’s voting system and remove obstacles to participation. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy or ballot campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, lobbying, strategic communications, organizing, and electoral work. Read full job description.

Michigan Time to Care Campaign Manager

MI Time to Care is a Michigan statewide ballot campaign endeavoring to ensure all workers have access to earned paid sick time, an essential policy for helping low-wage workers stay above water financially. Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk losing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefore are less productive at work. We are operating a statewide ballot campaign to give voters the opportunity to weigh in on this issue and to make progress for Michigan workers. The campaign is currently in the signature gathering phase. Read full job description.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Add Your Input to the Democracy Reform Survey!

We’re ramping up our work in 2018 and we need input from you! Take a moment to fill out the engagement form to plug into 2018 campaigns and new opportunities. Your input will guide the resource and engagement decision-making process. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY.

Thank you to all those you have already filled out the survey.

If you would like to fill out the survey with assistance, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org


 

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-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. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!

Next Meeting: February 21


DI Communications Working Group

Monthly on 4th Thursday of every month at 1pm

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 mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meetings: February 22 and March 22


Stay Connected with DI Partners

We invite partners to share a victory, recruit for actions in the fight for democracy or a conference? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to receive the DI Report in your inbox. And please be sure to follow us on Twitter(@Unite4Democracy), like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 02.09.18

Friday, February 9, 2018

VICTORY – DC COUNCIL PASSES FAIR ELECTIONS!

 

D.C. Council passes the Fair Elections Act of 2017! This is an important step forward for D.C. residents. Public financing empowers residents to have a stronger voice in advocating for their kitchen table issues. The bill gives small donors the ability to support local grassroots candidates who will represent their interests, not corporations and big money donors.

We celebrate this victory with the DC Coalition. Passage of the bill brings D.C. one step closer to fair elections, but we need to make sure the program is fully funded.

Celebrate this victory and urge Mayor Bowser to support full funding for fair elections!

Access the messaging toolkit with social media graphics to promote online.

Sign the petition to urge Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council to fully fund Fair Elections!

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE

On Wednesday, a little after 10:00 am, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the floor to express her solidarity for Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. Ms. Pelosi continuously spoke for over eight hours, sharing the stories of Dreamers and she vowed to oppose any measure to keep the government open passed tonight’s midnight deadline without protections for Dreamers.

Pelosi’s eight hour “filibuster” is another example how Democracy is a 365 day issue. Dreamers, who were shielded from deportation by former President Obama’s Executive Action called DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, have mobilized since Trump suspended the program late last year. Dreamers have taken to the streets and congressional offices. In recent months hundreds of Dreamers nationwide have been arrested for protesting demanding for Congress to pass a clean Dream Act. Pelosi was inspired by the demand created on the ground by the Dreamers, and took a stand on the House floor!

Call (202) 224-3121 and tell your Representative to pass a clean Dream Act!

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SAYS “NO MORE” TO DISCRIMINATORY VOTE-RESTORATION PROCESS IN FLORIDA

U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker ruled Florida's arbitrary scheme for restoring voting rights to ex-felons unconstitutional. This is an important victory in the fight to protect and expand voting in Florida and across the United States. The right to vote is the cornerstone of civic participation in democracy. Judge Walker called Florida's process a clear violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

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More than 1.5 million people with a past felony conviction in Florida are denied the freedom to exercise civic participation even after they have served their sentence. This hurts not only returning citizens, but their families and their communities on the issues that matter most – from housing, to jobs, to public safety, and the environment. In the Court's order it states, "In Florida, elected, partisan officials have extraordinary authority to grant or withhold the right to vote from hundreds of thousands of people without any constraints, guidelines, or standards. The question now is whether such a system passes constitutional muster. It does not.”  

DI partner Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) and the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC filed a lawsuit March 2017 on behalf of the millions of returning citizens who are denied the right to vote in Florida and subject to the Clemency Board's "arbitrary and discriminatory vote-restoration" process. While Judge Walker ruled the Clemency Board's process unconstitutional, the judge asked FELN and the other parties to come up with remedies to this process.

Celebrate victory and urge members to support second chances for returning citizens.

If your organization would like more information, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

BECOME A DEMOCRACY CHAMPION TRAINER!

We are excited to be launching the Democracy Champions program in 2018. The goal is both simple and audacious: to create a grassroots army of Democracy Champions who will be inspired, motivated and empowered to take on strategically-targeted democracy campaigns across the country.  

The first step toward this goal is to train our first group of trainers. At the Democracy Initiative’s December annual meeting, you expressed interest in having staff and/or lead activists from your organization become Democracy Champions trainers. We would like to invite you to designate 1-3 individuals to attend the Train the Trainer in the Washington, DC area (precise location TBD). We are surveying interest for the following dates February 23-24 or March 4-5.  The February training convene the Friday evening and conclude by 2 pm on the Saturday. The March training we will convene Sunday evening and conclude by 2 pm on the Monday.  The date will be established based on majority interested. Please fill out this form letting us know which date works better for you: http://bit.ly/DemocracyChampion

Trainers do not need to be subject-matter experts. They do need to be good listeners, enthusiastic, committed, committed to 1:1 communication, and able to travel to trainings. Grassroots organizing experience is helpful. Since initial Democracy Champions trainings will be held in Michigan, Maryland, Missouri and Florida, trainers from those states are especially welcome. If you have questions, feel free to follow up with Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

Please RSVP for the Democracy Champions Train the Trainer on eventbrite.  

STOP CITIZENS UNITED 2.0 - JOIN FEBRUARY 15 NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY

Public Citizen is working with partners in the Clean Budget Coalition to call on Congress to pass a #CleanBudget with no poison pill riders, particularly any that threaten our democracy. DI partners are invited to join the effort to build awareness and action on these harmful anti-democracy riders through a series of actions this month.

Below is a tentative plan for engagement:

For more information on how you and your members can get involved, contact Jonah Minkoff-Zern at jzern@citizen.org.

PROMOTE THE VOTE MICHIGAN WEBINAR – FEB. 21: LET’S MAKE VOTING A SURE THING IN MICHIGAN

Promote the Vote Michigan launched last week to expand and protect voting rights for all. The Democracy Initiative is proud to endorse this campaign as part of our Democracy 365 campaign to increase participation in democracy across the United States. Promote the Vote is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all Americans. When we increase the number of people that can participate in democracy, the stronger democracy is for everyone. Now is the time for secure and accessible elections for all so that every person has the ability to advocate for kitchen table issues in their community.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, February 21 for a webinar with campaign organizers on how DI partners can engage in Michigan.

If your organization would like to get involved in next steps to help expand and protect voting in Michigan, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

STAND UP FOR STRONG UNIONS – JOIN SOLIDARITY ACTIONS FEBRUARY 24-26, 2018

 

Working People’s Day of Action – February 24, 2018

On February 24, join thousands of working people and our allies and stand up for our freedom to come together in strong unions and fight. Fight for equitable pay. Fight for affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities and a secure future for all of us. Demand an end to a system that’s rigged against working people.

Find a local event at http://www.itsaboutfreedom.org.

Download the toolkit for the day of action via Dropbox.

Solidarity Mobilization on Janus v. AFSCME – February 24-26, 2018

DI partners will be mobilizing to stand in solidarity with public sector unions that are under attack. Anti-democracy forces are attempting to curtail freedom of association and the right to organize for millions of hardworking people. When one of us is under attack, we are all under attack. This is our opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with the labor movement to ensure all Americans can freely organize and advocate for economic and social justice in the workplace and our communities.

To get your organization involved and to learn more about the Supreme Court case, contact Getachew Kassa gkassa@democracyinitiative.org. We will send out a special notice with the full toolkit and messaging material.

LET’S ENSURE ALL VOTERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN DEMOCRACY – ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION!

Voting is the most essential form of political expression. We invite DI partners to sign-on to a letter of support for automatic voter registration (AVR) and election day registration (EDR) for Marylanders. The Everyone Votes Maryland coalition is calling on the General Assembly to take action to ensure that all voters in the state can fully participate in democracy.

View sign-on letter. If your organization would like to support voting reforms in Maryland, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

THE FIGHT FOR A WORKING DEMOCRACY – DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE PRESENTATION TO HARVARD TRADE UNION

Wendy Fields and Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School, presented on The Fight for a Working Democracy to the Harvard Trade Union. Here is an excerpt of their presentation:

For the last forty years, a determined attack on our democracy has been funded by a small cadre of right wing billionaires. The leaders of this effort are determined to ensure that the decisions of government benefit the corporations and the wealthy, and they have recognized that in order to win on the substance—taxation, deregulation, shrinking government, preventing redistribution—they have to undercut the very structures of our democracy.

This assault has had four key elements: the attack on voting rights; the undermining of any controls on big money in our elections; the gerrymandering of districts for partisan domination; and—critically --the attack on the labor movement.

The DI emphasizes bringing the grassroots strength of membership organizations to bear on democracy issues. The emphasis is on educating and mobilizing the membership, so that it isn’t only a handful of policymakers, advocates, and litigators who are engaging on them.

EVERYONE’S ECONOMY: 25 POLICIES TO LIFT UP WORKING PEOPLE

An economic agenda that places both race and class at the forefront motivates working people of all races to engage in the civic life of their communities and our nation. Such an agenda embodies race-forward progressive values, advances the policies that will move those values into practice, and activates a broad base, including the “New American Demos” of people of color, single women, young people, and working-class Americans of all races. With it, policymakers, grassroots organizations, and other thought leaders will starkly contrast an authentic, multi-racial populism against the phony populism that divides and distracts working people today.

Everyone’s Economy includes 25 policies—from providing universal childcare to protecting consumers from high-interest debt, from promoting climate equity to ending the criminalization of poverty—that contribute to a race-forward, populist agenda. Download policy book.

 

PFAW RELEASES REPORT CARD ON JEFF SESSIONS: “AN INSULT TO JUSTICE”

America clearly needs an Attorney General who will fight for justice and equality for all, not against them. But fighting against justice and equality is what Jeff Sessions has consistently done in his first year in office. Continued efforts and vigorous oversight and exposure by the press, the public, and by Congress will be crucial in the future, as will be efforts in the courts to try to stop Sessions’ harmful agenda.

Read PFAW’s full report card.

ISO: AN ORGANIZATION INTERESTED IN COORDINATING MOVIES AROUND DEMOCRACY REFORMS

The DI has received a number of requests from filmmakers to host and share movies. As we do not have the capacity to take on this coordination. We are looking for an organization to work with us on coordinating and assessing interest in groups hosting a film screening. As you know, movies about democracy can be great way to engage members or participants at a conference/convening.  If your organization can provide some support, please contact Elana Orbuch at eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DI Communications & Mobilization Intern

The Democracy Initiative is seeking a talented communications and mobilization intern to join our team. Working under the supervision of the Director of Communications and Digital Media, the Communications Intern will assist with message development and implementation, social media engagement, and online mobilizations for our diverse issue partners. Read more and apply.

Promote the Vote Michigan Campaign Manager

Promote the Vote is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all in Michigan. The Promote the Vote executive committee seeks a proven leader to serve as its campaign director to develop and implement a statewide campaign to pass a constitutional ballot amendment in November, 2018. This measure is designed to implement election reforms to update Michigan’s voting system and remove obstacles to participation. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy or ballot campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, lobbying, strategic communications, organizing, and electoral work. Read full job description.

Michigan Time to Care Campaign Manager

MI Time to Care is a Michigan statewide ballot campaign endeavoring to ensure all workers have access to earned paid sick time, an essential policy for helping low-wage workers stay above water financially. Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk losing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefore are less productive at work. We are operating a statewide ballot campaign to give voters the opportunity to weigh in on this issue and to make progress for Michigan workers. The campaign is currently in the signature gathering phase. Read full job description.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Add Your Input to the Democracy Reform Survey!

We’re ramping up our work in 2018 and we need input from you! Take a moment to fill out the engagement form to plug into 2018 campaigns and new opportunities. Your input will guide the resource and engagement decision-making process. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY.

Thank you to all those you have already filled out the survey.

If you would like to fill out the survey with assistance, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org


 

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-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. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!

Next Meeting: February 21


DI Communications Working Group

 

 

 

Monthly on 4th Thursday of every month at 1pm

 

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 mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meetings: February 22 and March 22


Stay Connected with DI Partners

We invite partners to share a victory, recruit for actions in the fight for democracy or a conference? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to receive the DI Report in your inbox. And please be sure to follow us on Twitter(@Unite4Democracy), like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 02.01.18

Thursday, February 1, 2018

THE STATE OF OUR UNION

 

The vision for democracy is clear – from protecting our environment, to safeguarding our civil rights, to making sure all workers have the right to organize and fight for an economy that works for all, we create a reflective democracy when we take action collectively. For the 64 DI partners representing more than 40 million members, we need a 21st century democracy that gives everyone a voice to advocate for the kitchen table issues that matter most and to hold elected leaders accountable at every level of government.

The fight for democracy has never been more critical. As anti-democracy forces attempt to shrink the power of our grassroots, the Democracy Initiative is ready and prepared to mobilize millions in states across the country. Our union is strong when we stand in solidarity for one another and create the demand for a democracy that works for all, not just corporations and the wealthy elite.

As highlighted in The Art of the Lie, a report released by Common Cause and Democracy 21, the current administration lacks integrity and accountability when it comes to serving the American people. The report notes that, “In the one year since he swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, President Trump’s failures on government integrity and accountability continue to reach new lows.”

The Democracy 365 campaign is our opportunity to build a 21st century democracy by protecting and expanding voting rights, removing the influence of corporations and big money in our elections and governance, and creating fair representation for all people. Ready to lean into priority DI democracy reform campaigns in Florida, Michigan, Maryland and more? Contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org to discuss national and state opportunities for your organization.

TIME TO PASS & FUND DC FAIR ELECTIONS – NEXT VOTE: FEBRUARY 6, 2018!

The second crucial vote for the Fair Elections Act of 2017 is schedule for February 6, 2018. Earlier this month the DC Council voted unanimously in support of a people-powered democracy that gives communities the ability to support candidates and elected officials that represent their needs, not corporate interests. We will need to secure funding for fair elections after the vote on February 6.

All national partners are encouraged to amplify the importance of fair elections with this digital toolkit. Post a message on Facebook and/or Twitter to support fair elections.

To date, over 5000 petitions have been delivered, over 80 community leaders and 70 organizations are signed on in support, and we have 13 council members who have said YES to fair elections either by co-introducing, co-sponsoring, or voting to advance the bill.

Contact David Sanchez at dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org for information on how your organization can get involved.

THE FIGHT FOR A WORKING DEMOCRACY – DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE PRESENTATION TO HARVARD TRADE UNION

Last week Wendy Fields and Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School, gave a presentation on “The Fight for a Working Democracy” to the Harvard Trade Union. Here is an excerpt from their presentation:

For the last forty years, a determined attack on our democracy has been funded by a small cadre of right wing billionaires. The leaders of this effort are determined to ensure that the decisions of government benefit the corporations and the wealthy, and they have recognized that in order to win on the substance—taxation, deregulation, shrinking government, preventing redistribution—they have to undercut the very structures of our democracy.

This assault has had four key elements: the attack on voting rights; the undermining of any controls on big money in our elections; the gerrymandering of districts for partisan domination; and—critically --the attack on the labor movement.

The DI emphasizes bringing the grassroots strength of membership organizations to bear on democracy issues. The emphasis is on educating and mobilizing the membership, so that it isn’t only a handful of policymakers, advocates, and litigators who are engaging on them.

 

WATCH DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE AT UNRIG – FEBRUARY 1-4, 2018

Unrig Summit: Convening the Brightest Minds from the Right and Left to Fix American Politics

February 1-4 in New Orleans, LA.

The Democracy Initiative will be well represented at the Unrig Summit in New Orleans with many staff and principals as featured speakers, including Executive Director Wendy Fields. DI partners speaking at the summit include Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy Spring, Demos, Every Voice, Friends of the Earth, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Maryland Working Families, Our Revolution, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, ReThink Media, and Small Planet Institute.

This is no ordinary conference. No endless panels and speeches. This is about crossing partisan and ideological divides and working together on concrete solutions to unrig America’s political system.

WATCH LIVE on Saturday, February 3: There will be a special presentation by Wendy Fields and France Moore Lappé (Small Planet Institute) during the morning plenary session on Saturday.

Watch the livestream at https://unrigsummit.com/rsvp-summit-livestreams/.

 

FAIR ELECTIONS BILL INTRODUCED IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD!

This week Prince George’s County Council Member Mary Lehman introduced legislation to establish the “Fair Election Fund” (CB-004-2018). This is a big step forward for advocates of fair elections in Maryland. If passed, Prince George’s would become the third county to adopt public financing for local elections – public financing was adopted in Howard County in 2016 and Montgomery County in 2014, where the first elections under the new system are underway.

An analysis by MD PIRG of the first campaign reports for Montgomery County candidates shows that candidates participating in the public election system are connecting with more small donors than candidates who opted for traditional financing.

All national partners are encouraged to amplify the importance of fair elections by posting a message on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Contact David Sanchez at dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org for information on how your organization can get involved.

TAKE ACTION: SIGN THE PETITION TO GOV. CUOMO TO FUND EARLY VOTING – DEADLINE FEBRUARY 12, 2018

The Let NY Vote Coalition is making significant progress in building public support for early voting and other election reforms in New York. Governor Cuomo released his Executive Budget which includes Early Voting – a big first step for advocates - but leaves the onus on counties to implement and fund. We need to make sure funding is included at the state level.

Invite your members to sign the Let NY Vote petition by February 12, 2018 at http://www.letnyvote.org/petition.

You can promote on social media using the coalition’s grassroots toolkit. Share on Facebook and Share on Twitter.

If your organization would like more information, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

PROMOTE THE VOTE MICHIGAN WEBINAR – FEB. 21: LET’S MAKE VOTING A SURE THING IN MICHIGAN

Promote the Vote Michigan launched last week to expand and protect voting rights for all. The Democracy Initiative is proud to endorse this campaign as part of our Democracy 365 campaign to increase participation in democracy across the United States. Promote the Vote is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all Americans. When we increase the number of people that can participate in democracy, the stronger democracy is for everyone. Now is the time for secure and accessible elections for all so that every person has the ability to advocate for kitchen table issues in their community.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, February 21 for a webinar with campaign organizers on how DI partners can engage in Michigan.

If your organization would like to get involved in next steps to help expand and protect voting in Michigan, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE IS UNDER ATTACK – STAND WITH LABOR & JOIN BRIEFING ON FEBRUARY 7, 2018

This month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Janus v. AFSCME, a lawsuit that challenges the right of public employee unions to collect fees that go towards their union representation in collective bargaining. The case is just one example of the continued attack on the labor movement by anti-democracy groups. Unions and union members have been on the frontlines of the fight for economic and social justice.

SEIU and Communications Workers of America will provide a briefing to DI partners on Wednesday, February 7 during the mobilization meeting. This is a critical opportunity for DI partners to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the labor movement. Please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org for more information.

STAND UP FOR STRONG UNIONS JOIN WORKING PEOPLE’S DAY OF ACTION - FEBRUARY 24, 2018

On February 24, join thousands of working people and our allies and stand up for our freedom to come together in strong unions and fight. Fight for equitable pay. Fight for affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities and a secure future for all of us. Demand an end to a system that’s rigged against working people.

Find a local event at http://www.itsaboutfreedom.org.

Download the toolkit for the day of action via Dropbox.

ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION TO EVERYONE VOTES MARYLAND SIGN-ON LETTER – LET’S ENSURE ALL VOTERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN DEMOCRACY!

Voting is the most essential form of political expression. We invite DI partners to sign-on to a letter of support for automatic voter registration (AVR) and election day registration (EDR) for Marylanders. The Everyone Votes Maryland coalition is calling on the General Assembly to take action to ensure that all voters in the state can fully participate in democracy.

View sign-on letter. If your organization would like to support voting reforms in Maryland, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

ISO: AN ORGANIZATION INTERESTED IN COORDINATING MOVIES AROUND DEMOCRACY REFORMS

Recently, the DI has received a number of requests from filmmakers to host and share movies. As we do not have the capacity to take on this coordination. We are looking for an organization to work with us on coordinating and assessing interest in groups hosting a film screening. As you know, movies about democracy can be great way to engage members or participants at a conference/convening.  If your organization can provide some support, please contact Elana Orbuch at eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DI Communications & Mobilization Intern

The Democracy Initiative is seeking a talented communications and mobilization intern to join our team. Working under the supervision of the Director of Communications and Digital Media, the Communications Intern will assist with message development and implementation, social media engagement, and online mobilizations for our diverse issue partners. Read more and apply.

Promote the Vote Michigan Campaign Manager

Promote the Vote is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all in Michigan. The Promote the Vote executive committee seeks a proven leader to serve as its campaign director to develop and implement a statewide campaign to pass a constitutional ballot amendment in November, 2018. This measure is designed to implement election reforms to update Michigan’s voting system and remove obstacles to participation. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy or ballot campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, lobbying, strategic communications, organizing, and electoral work. Read full job description.

Michigan Time to Care Campaign Manager

MI Time to Care is a Michigan statewide ballot campaign endeavoring to ensure all workers have access to earned paid sick time, an essential policy for helping low-wage workers stay above water financially. Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk losing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefore are less productive at work. We are operating a statewide ballot campaign to give voters the opportunity to weigh in on this issue and to make progress for Michigan workers. The campaign is currently in the signature gathering phase. Read full job description.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Add Your Input to the Democracy Reform Survey!

We’re ramping up our work in 2018 and we need input from you! Take a moment to fill out the engagement form to plug into 2018 campaigns and new opportunities. Your input will guide the resource and engagement decision-making process. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY.

Thank you to all those you have already filled out the survey.

If you would like to fill out the survey with assistance, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org

 

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-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. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!

Next Meeting: February 7 and February 21


DI Communications Working Group

Monthly on 4th Thursday of every month at 1pm

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 mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meetings: February 22 and March 22


Popular Education – Democracy Champions Train the Trainers Wanted: Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer Q&A Webinar during the Mobilization Meeting on February 7, 2018

**NEW DATE ** March 3-4, 2018

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

The DI’s “Democracy Champions” popular education program will launch in early 2018. We motivate, educate, and empower the membership of our partner organizations to support grassroots democracy campaigns to build power and advance our issues. We engage grassroots members around race and class in ways that build solidarity, reduce division, and make the link between kitchen table issues (healthcare, workers’ rights, and environmental issues) and democracy reforms (automatic voter registration, early voting, same day registration, vote by mail, and publicly financed small donor elections). Democracy Champions is a key component of building power locally. We are committed to align our popular education training with local and state campaigns.

There are three ways your organization can participate:

  • Train-the-trainer trainings for staff members/activists to become Democracy Champions trainers.
  • Host a Democracy Champion training
  • Alignment with existing membership education (aligning the Democracy Champions curriculum with an existing membership education program in your organization).

Ready to motivate, engage, and empower your members? Contact Getachew Kassa (gkassa@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.

 


Stay Connected with DI Partners

We invite partners to share a victory, recruit for actions in the fight for democracy or a conference? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to receive the DI Report in your inbox. And please be sure to follow us on Twitter(@Unite4Democracy), like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 01.25.18

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Grassroots in Florida Put Rights Restoration on the Ballot!

The Second Chances campaign just made history in Florida! The movement to restore voting rights to over 1.5 million returning citizens has qualified for the November 2018 ballot!

A reflective democracy starts with more people having the ability to participate. That’s how communities are able to stand up for the kitchen table issues that impact them every day and hold elected leaders accountable.

Every Floridian should have the freedom to fully participate and be represented in their government. Millions of people with a past felony conviction in Florida are denied the right to participation even after they have served their sentence. This hurts returning citizens, their families, and their communities on the issues that matter most – from housing, to jobs, to public safety, and the environment.

At the December Annual Meeting, the DI Board of Directors recognized the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, represented by Desmond Meade, for their outstanding work to advance democracy in 2017. Their work inspires all of us to make a reflective democracy a reality because the fight is about more than just voting rights in Florida. The right to vote is the cornerstone of civic participation in democracy.

The 1.1 million petitions submitted by the campaign represent the overwhelming grassroots support for a democracy where all people have the ability to effectively advocate for good jobs, fair housing, and a just and sustainable community for themselves and their families.

Share your support with sample social media and email messaging for your members.

DEFENDING DEMOCRACY: HOW TO DEFEAT LEGAL BULLYING BY CORPORATIONS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018 AT BUSBOYS & POETS (DC)

Dissent, free speech, advocacy, and non-violent protest are all crucial, constitutionally-protected means for activists to advance our causes. And they work. Throughout history, these tools have achieved important environmental, social, and civil rights progress. That’s exactly why powerful corporations and their allies in government are using a variety of approaches to crackdown on activists -- and why activists are joining together to push back and defend our rights to non-violent democratic participation.

Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) is a tool used by corporations to chill critical speech and advocacy on matters of public interest—they have been used against organizations and activists from all sectors of civil society, and most recently, and aggressively used against environmental groups. SLAPP suits act as a warning to others: speak out against us and you too could find yourself in court.

Join Greenpeace USA, Earthrights International, Center for Constitutional Rights and Stand.Earth to learn about the increasing crackdown on activism and ways to push back on the anti-democracy movement’s attempts to silence participation.

Defending Democracy: How to Defeat Legal Bullying by Corporations
Busboys & Poets
5th & K
Washington, DC
Cullen Room

January 30, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

The State of the Climate Movement With Bernie Sanders & Bill McKibben - Watch Party January 31 at 7:30pm ET

After Trump's first State of the Union, join Senator Bernie Sanders and 350.og co-founder Bill McKibben for Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance. Sen. Sanders and McKibben will be joined by Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP, and many more to deliver the state of the climate movement. They will share stories on the urgency of the current political and climate crisis, and how we can resist the Trump Administration's attacks on our climate.

Attend George Washington University event or join a watch party near you!

Get Ready to Pack the House for DC Fair Elections!

The second crucial vote for the Fair Elections Act of 2017 is like to be during the first week of February. Earlier this month the DC Council voted unanimously in support of a people-powered democracy that gives communities the ability to support candidates and elected officials that represent their needs, not corporate interests. We will need to secure funding for fair elections once it passes.

To date, over 5000 petitions have been delivered, over 80 community leaders and 70 organizations are signed on in support, and we have 13 council members who have said YES to fair elections either by co-introducing, co-sponsoring, or voting to advance the bill.

Contact David Sanchez at dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org for information on how your organization can get involved.

Let’s Make Voting a Sure Thing in Michigan

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Promote the Vote Michigan launched to expand and protect voting rights for all. The Democracy Initiative is proud to endorse this campaign as part of our Democracy 365 campaign to increase participation in democracy across the United States. Promote the Vote is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all Americans. When we increase the number of people that can participate in democracy, the stronger democracy is for everyone. Now is the time for secure and accessible elections for all so that every person has the ability to advocate for kitchen table issues in their community.

If your organization would like to get involved in next steps to help expand and protect voting in Michigan, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

amazing Turnout in Albany, New York for voting Rights

More than 200 people attended the rally for voting rights in Albany, NY on Tuesday, January 23. The Let NY Vote Coalition also visited dozens of elected officials (Democracts and Republicans) to share a simple message: Make voting accessible to all New Yorkers.

Thank you to enter for Environmental Health, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund for helping to amplify the need for early voting in New York. Check out our storify to see the messages shared by partners.

If your organization would like to get involved in next steps to help expand and protect voting for all in New York, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org. Visit www.letnyvote.org for more information.

THANKS Raven!

Raven Keenan, DI’s communications and mobilization intern, is leaving the DI to take a full-time communications position helping homeless veterans and victims of domestic violence in Virginia.

The entire team at the DI wish Raven the very best. Thank you for all your hard work over the last 6 months.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DI Communications & Mobilization Intern

The Democracy Initiative is seeking a talented communications and mobilization intern to join our team. Working under the supervision of the Director of Communications and Digital Media, the Communications Intern will assist with message development and implementation, social media engagement, and online mobilizations for our diverse issue partners. Read more and apply.

Promote the Vote Campaign Manager

Promote the Vote is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all Americans. The Promote the Vote executive committee seeks a proven leader to serve as its campaign director to develop and implement a statewide campaign to pass a constitutional ballot amendment in November, 2018. This measure is designed to implement election reforms to update Michigan’s voting system and remove obstacles to participation. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy or ballot campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, lobbying, strategic communications, organizing, and electoral work. Read full job description.

Michigan Time to Care Campaign Manager

MI Time to Care is a Michigan statewide ballot campaign endeavoring to ensure all workers have access to earned paid sick time, an essential policy for helping low-wage workers stay above water financially. Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk losing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefore are less productive at work. We are operating a statewide ballot campaign to give voters the opportunity to weigh in on this issue and to make progress for Michigan workers. The campaign is currently in the signature gathering phase. Read full job description.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Add Your Input to the Democracy Reform Survey!

We’re ramping up our work in 2018 and we need input from you! Take a moment to fill out the engagement form to plug into 2018 campaigns and new opportunities. Your input will guide the resource and engagement decision-making process. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY.

Thank you to all those you have already filled out the survey.

If you would like to fill out the survey with assistance, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org

 

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-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. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!

Next Meeting: February 7


DI Communications Working Group

Monthly on 4th Thursday of every month at 1pm

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 mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meetings: February 22, and March 22


Popular Education – Democracy Champions Train the Trainers Wanted: Train the Trainer

February 23-24, 2018
RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

The DI’s “Democracy Champions” popular education program will launch in early 2018. We motivate, educate, and empower the membership of our partner organizations to support grassroots democracy campaigns to build power and advance our issues. We engage grassroots members around race and class in ways that build solidarity, reduce division, and make the link between kitchen table issues (healthcare, workers’ rights, and environmental issues) and democracy reforms (automatic voter registration, early voting, same day registration, vote by mail, and publicly financed small donor elections). Democracy Champions is a key component of building power locally. We are committed to align our popular education training with local and state campaigns.

There are three ways your organization can participate:

  • Train-the-trainer trainings for staff members/activists to become Democracy Champions trainers.
  • Host a Democracy Champion training
  • Alignment with existing membership education (aligning the Democracy Champions curriculum with an existing membership education program in your organization).

Ready to motivate, engage, and empower your members? Contact Getachew Kassa (gkassa@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.


Enviro Working Group

Greenpeace USA and Sierra Club held an initial meeting with environmental groups and some new DI partners prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. The meeting included Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, LCV, Friends of the Earth, Center for Environmental Health, Water Keeper Alliance, and Oil Change International. The group will hold their next meeting in January to identify and collaborate on one or two democracy campaigns as an environmental community.

If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) or Courtney Hight (courtney.hight@sierraclub.org).


Stay Connected with DI Partners

We invite partners to share a victory, recruit for actions in the fight for democracy or a conference? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to receive the DI Report in your inbox. And please be sure to follow us on Twitter(@Unite4Democracy), like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 01.17.18

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LET NEW YORK VOTE! ALBANY ACTION DAY – JANUARY 23, 2018

The Let NY Vote Coalition is making significant progress in building public support for early voting and other election reforms in New York. Governor Cuomo released his Executive Budget which includes Early Voting – a big first step for advocates - but leaves the onus on counties to implement and fund. We need make sure funding is included at the state level.

The Senate and Assembly will begin the work on the budget and they need to hear from members about why voting matters! Use the sample email and social media posts to share with your networks. Contact Jonah Minkoff-Zern (zern@citzen.org) if you would like to mobilize your members to participate in the upcoming rally and lobby day in Albany on January 23, 2018.

Visit www.letnyvote.org for more information.

MLK Partner Highlights

Dr. King recognized the intersectionality between economic, social, and racial justice and the fight for democracy. In honor of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Democracy Initiative joined 800 social justice professionals, activists, and community leaders in Houston for the AFL-CIO Civil and Human Rights Conference, Reclaim Our Dream. Participants engaged in community town halls, a day of community service, workshops, and political training boot camps. DI Senior Campaigner Getachew Kassa was a panelist for the workshop entitled “My Vote Is Not For Sale,” engaging community leaders on the connection between the right to vote and political action that shifts power to everyday people and moves the kitchen table issues that matter most in their communities. Participants discussed ways to build political participation and increase engagement among their members, to take on and win democracy campaigns at the national, state and local level, and ways to break up silos and partner with progressive groups across a wide variety of issues.

Democracy Initiative partner National Action Network (NAN) hosted prominent elected officials and civil rights leaders at their annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast on Monday, January 15. The breakfast, held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, honors the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Baxter Leach, one of the original 1968 sanitation strikers from Memphis AFSCME Local 1733.

The event was well attended and speakers included Rev. Al Sharpton (NAN founder and president), Martin Luther King III (eldest son of Dr. King), Randi Weingarten (American Federation of Teachers president), Tom Perez (Democratic National Committee chair), and several other elected officials and leaders. “It was an inspiring event,” said DI’s Outreach and Engagement Coordinator David Sanchez. “It helped illustrate fact the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought and died for equality and civil rights -- and 50 years after his death, we must continue to fight for those rights and inspire a generation new leaders to take the baton to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy is never forgotten.”

WOMEN'S MARCH: POWER TO THE POLLS – JANUARY 20-21, 2018

On January 21, 2018, Women’s March will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada for Women's March: Power to the Polls, an event that will launch a national voter registration tour one year after the historic Women’s March on Washington. This next stage of the movement will channel the energy and activism of the Women's March into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018.

The national voter registration tour will target swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office. The coordinated campaign will build upon Women’s March’s ongoing work uplifting the voices and campaigns of the nation’s most marginalized communities to create transformative social and political change.

“In Alabama, Black women delivered as they always do,” said Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Women’s March. “In addition to being willing to follow and support Black women, we all must commit to fighting the systemic voter suppression laws that inhibit so many of our communities from voting.

Learn more about Women's March anniversary events at https://www.womensmarch.com.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DI Communications & Mobilization Intern

The Democracy Initiative is seeking a talented communications and mobilization intern to join our team. Working under the supervision of the Director of Communications and Digital Media, the Communications Intern will assist with message development and implementation, social media engagement, and online mobilizations for our diverse issue partners. Read more and apply.

Michigan Time to Care Campaign Manager

MI Time to Care is a Michigan statewide ballot campaign endeavoring to ensure all workers have access to earned paid sick time, an essential policy for helping low-wage workers stay above water financially. Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk losing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefore are less productive at work. We are operating a statewide ballot campaign to give voters the opportunity to weigh in on this issue and to make progress for Michigan workers. The campaign is currently in the signature gathering phase. Read full job description.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Moving Democracy Campaigns Forward

As we discussed in the Annual Meeting, we all agreed to “amp” up our efforts in 2018. To make that a reality, please take a moment to fill out the engagement form to plug into 2018 campaigns and new opportunities. Your input will guide the resource and engagement decision-making process. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY

Thank you to all those you have already filled out the survey.

If you would like to fill out the survey with assistance, please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org

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: January 24


DI Communications Working Group

Monthly on 4th Thursday of every month at 1pm

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 mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Next Meetings: January 25, February 22, and March 22


Popular Education – Democracy Champions Train the Trainers Wanted: Train the Trainer

The DI’s “Democracy Champions” popular education program will launch in early 2018. We motivate, educate, and empower the membership of our partner organizations to support grassroots democracy campaigns to build power and advance our issues. We engage grassroots members around race and class in ways that build solidarity, reduce division, and make the link between kitchen table issues (healthcare, workers’ rights, and environmental issues) and democracy reforms (automatic voter registration, early voting, same day registration, vote by mail, and publicly financed small donor elections). Democracy Champions is a key component of building power locally. We are committed to align our popular education training with local and state campaigns.

There are three ways your organization can participate:

  • Train-the-trainer trainings for staff members/activists to become Democracy Champions trainers.
  • Host a Democracy Champion training
  • Alignment with existing membership education (aligning the Democracy Champions curriculum with an existing membership education program in your organization).

Ready to motivate, engage, and empower your members? Contact Getachew Kassa (gkassa@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.


Enviro Working Group

Greenpeace USA and Sierra Club held an initial meeting with environmental groups and some new DI partners prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. The meeting included Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, LCV, Friends of the Earth, Center for Environmental Health, Water Keeper Alliance, and Oil Change International. The group will hold their next meeting in January to identify and collaborate on one or two democracy campaigns as an environmental community.

If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) or Courtney Hight (courtney.hight@sierraclub.org).


Stay Connected with DI Partners

We invite partners to share a victory, recruit for actions in the fight for democracy or a conference? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to receive the DI Report in your inbox. And please be sure to follow us on Twitter(@Unite4Democracy), like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 01.11.18

Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's about all of us.

Democracy works best when everyone has a voice and every vote is counted. It is clear the anti-democracy movement wants to shrink the power of the grassroots to advocate for the issues that matter – workers’ rights, criminal justice, climate justice and more – by attacking our right to vote and using money to influence elections and policy.

It’s 2018 and the days are numbered for those who try to hold power without accountability. It’s time for elected leaders who listen to main street, not Wall Street. It’s time for a democracy that is inclusive, reflective, and functional for all.

That’s why we need your input! Please take a moment to fill out the engagement form to plug into 2018 campaigns and new opportunities. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY

Thank you to all those you have already filled out the survey. We have 15% of the surveys submitted! If you have any questions please contact: Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

ActivistS Rally at U.S. Supreme Court Say: DON’T MESS WITH OUR VOTe

Hundreds of activists came together outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to rally in support of voting rights for Ohio voters and all Americans across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a lawsuit filed by Demos and ACLU of Ohio on behalf of individuals and groups in Ohio who were removed from the rolls for not voting in recent elections even though federal law protects voters from being removed for this reason. Over 500,000 voters in Ohio have been purged for infrequent voting under the direction of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Many eligible voters -- seniors, low income residents, students, and military members serving overseas -- did not learn they were off the rolls until they tried to vote.

One purged voter that spoke at the rally was Army veteran and Oak Harbor, Ohio Mayor Joe Helle. He tried to vote in 2011 after returning from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joe was told he was not on the rolls and was removed because he was an inactive voter. He shared with the crowd at the rally how it felt to serve his country and then come home to find out that his right to vote was taken away from him. WATCH Joe speaking at the rally.

No one should be denied their right to vote – it’s time to for the Supreme Court to do the right thing and tell states, “Don’t mess with our vote!”

Purges have real consequences on elections and policies that impact individuals and our communities. In the last three years, 112 elections in Ohio were decided by a single vote or tied.

What’s at stake: Millions of voters across the U.S. could be targets of purging because they are infrequent voters whether it’s because of military service, illness, work, or school. Read AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's commentary in US News & World Report on why the Supreme Court must protect our right to vote.


Three Ways to Lift up Democracy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – JANUARY 15, 2018

Dr. King recognized the intersectionality between economic, social, and racial justice and the fight for democracy. As you prepare to remember and honor Dr. King’s life, here are three ways you can highlight the connection between democracy and voting rights to your members. We ask you to choose one (1) and share!

  1. Feature a quote from Dr. King on your website or social media on democracy. For social media, add links to how the fight for democracy connects to your core issues. See sample graphics and text on our website.
  2. Send a message to your members on the importance of participation in democracy. See sample text on our website.
  3. Encourage your members to write a letter to the editor about why democracy matters and link it to a core issue. Ask them to share their letter with you so you can publicize it. View a sample letter to the editor.

RECLAIMING OUR DREAM: JANUARY 12-15, 2018

MLK Civil & Human Rights Conference

Join the 800 registered participants -- social justice professionals, activists and community leaders -- in Houston for the AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. This year’s theme: Reclaiming the Dream: Strategize, Organize, Mobilize! Is about shifting the rules and building power so that working communities can thrive and families can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Too many of our family members, friends, loved ones and neighbors are overworked, underpaid and underemployed. And far too many are barely making it from day to day. DI senior campaigner Getachew Kassa is speaking on a voting rights panel. Register to attend at mlk18.aflcio.org.

 

Let New York Vote! National Sign-On Letter & Albany Action Day – January 23, 2018

New Yorkers want to vote and we need voting reforms that make it fair for all of us. Join activists, advocates, community leaders and regular people from across New York State to demand early voting and other reforms that would make voting fairer for all eligible New Yorkers and return the power back to our hands.

Visit www.letnyvote.org for more information.

National Sign-on Letter deadline – Noon on Thursday, January 11. National partners are invited to add their organization’s name to a letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting the need for early voting in New York. Please email Susan Lerner (slerner@commoncause.org) and cc Getachew Kassa (gkassa@democracyinitiative.org) if your organization is signing.

D.C. COUNCIL VOTES UNANIMOUSLY FOR FAIR ELECTIONS!

We are one step closer to fair elections in D.C.! On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 the D.C. Council voted unanimously in support of the Fair Elections Act of 2017!

More and more people are clear in the District that fair elections is about a people powered-democracy for all. To get there it’s going to take all of us and the fight in D.C. is not over. There is a second vote in February and the Council will need to secure funding for fair elections once it passes.

Kudos to DC Fair Elections coalition and the many partners who have worked to move this campaign forward. To date, over 5000 petitions have been delivered, over 80 community leaders and 70 organizations are signed on in support, and we have 13 council members who have said YES to fair elections either by co-introducing, co-sponsoring, or voting to advance the bill.

Contact David Sanchez at dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org for information on how your organization can get involved.

Step Forward for Diversity & History Made in U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with Appointment of Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris

The Democracy Initiative celebrates this historic step forward for the civil rights community as Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris become the second and third black senators appointed to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Their appointment is needed to stand up in the face of this Administration's ongoing attacks on civil liberties and fundamental human rights related to our workplace, clean air and water, public safety, and more.

SHARE & RETWEET:

the Power of Collective Action Forced President to disband Pence-Kobach Commission -- What’s Next?

 

On January 3, 2018 the White House dissolved the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, but led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was a thinly veiled attempt to suppress the power of voters and spread a false narrative of widespread voter fraud.

Read the Democracy Initiative’s statement on the president’s failed commission and the need for 21st century democracy reforms.

The DI will be convening a meeting on next steps shortly. Please contact Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org to stay updated.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

2018 Calendar for Mobilizing Working Group Meetings

 

 

BiWeekly on Wednesdays at 3pm EST / Noon 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. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!

Mark Your Calendars: January 24


DI Communications Working Group

 

 

Monthly on 3rd or 4th Tuesday or every month

The communications working groups 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 mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Mark Your Calendars: January 24


Popular Education – Democracy Champions Train the Trainers Wanted: Train the Trainer

 

 

 

January 26, 2018
RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

The DI’s “Democracy Champions” popular education program will launch in early 2018. We motivate, educate, and empower the membership of our partner organizations to support grassroots democracy campaigns to build power and advance our issues. We engage grassroots members around race and class in ways that build solidarity, reduce division, and make the link between kitchen table issues (healthcare, workers’ rights, and environmental issues) and democracy reforms (automatic voter registration, early voting, same day registration, vote by mail, and publically financed small donor elections). Democracy Champions is a key component of building power locally. We are committed to align our popular education training with local and state campaigns.

There are three ways your organization can participate:

  • Train-the-trainer trainings for staff members/activists become Democracy Champions trainers.
  • Host a Democracy Champion training
  • Alignment with existing membership education: I am interested in having a follow–up discussion on aligning the Democracy Champions curriculum with our existing membership education programs.

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE DI ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

Please take a couple minutes to fill out the DI engagement survey that will help us assess our collective capacity on trainings and campaigns. Getachew Kassa gkassa@democracyinitiative.org will follow up one on one with you on engagement opportunities into our trainings and mobilization.


Enviro Working Group

 

 

 

 

Greenpeace USA and Sierra Club held an initial meeting with environmental groups and some new DI partners prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. The meeting included Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, LCV, Friends of the Earth, Center for Environmental Health, Water Keeper Alliance, and Oil Change International. The group will hold their next meeting in January to identify and collaborate on one or two democracy campaigns as an environmental community.

For more information, please contact David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) or Courtney Hight (courtney.hight@sierraclub.org).

 


Job Announcement

Michigan Time to Care Campaign Manager

MI Time to Care is a Michigan statewide ballot campaign endeavoring to ensure all workers have access to earned paid sick time, an essential policy for helping low-wage workers stay above water financially. Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk losing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefore are less productive at work. We are operating a statewide ballot campaign to give voters the opportunity to weigh in on this issue and to make progress for Michigan workers. The campaign is currently in the signature gathering

 

Stay Connected with DI Partners

Want to share a victory or call to action in the fight for democracy? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 12.20.2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Democracy 365

It is clear that in every election and in every council meeting  – every vote counts .

In Virginia, control of the House of Delegates is being determined by one individual’s vote. This is a great reminder to all who think their vote does not matter, it is about participation. It makes the difference in who determines the values in our policy debates. Making sure that every eligible voter is registered and able to participate and that their vote is counted is one piece of the reform fight.

Another key reform fight in our democracy is building on the public financing wins across the country. In Suffolk County, New York legislators passed a public financing program with a 4-to-1 match on small donor contributions by an 11 to 7 vote – winning by two crucial votes . It is a reminder of how important it is that participation in democracy goes beyond an election to holding elected officials accountable to stand up and fight for the issues that matter most in the community.

While the fight may not be over in Virginia, we salute all those who engaged voters and to the Suffolk chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Long Island Progressive Coalition and Common Cause New York for their great work on passing fair elections in Suffolk County!

 

6TH ANNUAL MEETING SETS BOLD VISION FOR WINNING IN 2018 & BEYOND

Thanks to the more than 95 leaders who attended the 6th Annual Meeting to discuss opportunities to build power and take collective action to win in 2018 and beyond through local and state voting rights and money in politics reforms. Democracy Initiative leaders set the vision for expanding voting rights and breaking the power and influence of corporate money in our policies and politics. Collectively, we agree that, now more than ever, if any of us are to advance our missions then we must make a deeper commitment to act collectively.  

Mobilizing the grassroots to take action and build solidarity across race, class, gender, and sexual orientation is key to transforming our democracy.

We’re deeply appreciative of our host  AFL-CIO President Trumka with his inspiring words of welcome via video. It was great to have U.S. Representative Keith Ellison fire up the attendees and congratulate Larry Cohen as a Democracy Champions honoree.

 

Over the next year, the DI will continue to collaborate on aligning campaign efforts, scale up the field campaigns to meet the goal of winning 20 democracy reforms by 2020. This means ramping up the popular democracy trainings to recruit and train thousands to be key leaders and the muscle on the ground on current local active campaigns and priority campaigns in, Missouri, and Michigan.
 
Courtney and Marilyn Fill Out DI Engagement FormMoving to Action: If you have not already, please take a moment to fill out the engagement form to plug into 2018 campaigns and new opportunities. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY.
 

WATCH: Marilyn & Courtney are ready to mobilize millions for democracy! https://youtu.be/OFaIMCj6M_A

If you have any questions please contact: Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org
All groups that missed the meeting, David Sanchez, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator will contact you for follow up discussion.
 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 DEMOCRACY CHAMPIONS

The Democracy Initiative honored Founding DI, Chair Larry Cohen, Just Democracy Illinois represented by Tuyet Le of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago and Brian Gladstein of Common Cause Illinois, and Floridians for a Fair Democracy represented by Desmond Meade for their outstanding work to advance democracy in 2017. Special guest presenters included founding DI members Ben Jealous (former NAACP president and CEO) and Phil Radford (former Greenpeace USA executive director).

WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THE FINAL PUSH! TURNOUT YOUR MEMBERS FOR DC FAIR ELECTIONS VOTE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018

 

We have a chance to bring fair elections home to the nation’s capital with the 1st vote on Tuesday, January 9, 2018! While the U.S. Congress passes a tax bill to benefit big donors, corporations and billionaires, let’s make sure the DC Council stands up for the kitchen table issues that matter most to DC residents.

The Fair Elections Act of 2017 will have its first reading and vote on January 9, 2018. It needs 7 votes to pass. Let’s pack the room.

This week we saw Suffolk County empower its 1.5 million residents and move to fair elections. And we have new voices running for office (and winning) in Seattle, Washington and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It’s time for a people-powered democracy in DC. Contact David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) for more information about how you can get involved on January 9, 2018.

 

DON’T MESS WITH OUR VOTE SCOTUS RALLY: JOIN US AS WE STAND UP FOR VOTING RIGHTS ON JANUARY 10, 2017

 

Join hundreds of activists on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to stand up for the right to voting in Ohio and across the country. In 2014, Ohio stripped millions of legal voters of their ability to vote. It was a targeted attack on democracy to shrink the power of everyday people and punish registered voters who did nothing wrong.

For more details about the rally and case, contact Getachew Kassa (gkassa@democracyinitiative.org) or Izzy Bronstein (ibronstein@commoncause.org).


RECLAIMING OUR DREAM: JANUARY 12-15, 2018

MLK Civil & Human Rights Conference

Hundreds of social justice professionals, activists and community leaders will join together in Houston for the AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. This year’s theme: Reclaiming the Dream: Strategize, Organize, Mobilize! Is about shifting the rules and building power so that working communities can thrive and families can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Too many of our family members, friends, loved ones and neighbors are overworked, underpaid and underemployed. And far too many are barely making it from day to day. DI senior campaigner Getachew Kassa is speaking on a voting rights panel. Register to attend at mlk18.aflcio.org.

 

Name it & Take the Pledge

We haven’t heard much from the Pence-Kobach Commission but don’t think for a minute that the commissioners aren’t moving forward with trying to shrink the power of our grassroots in cities, counties, and state governments across the country.

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.

 

Mobilizing & Collaboration

2018 Calendar for Mobilizing Working Group Meetings

 

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

All DI Members are welcome. Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!

Mark Your Calendars: January 10 and January 24


DI Communications Working Group

 

BiWeekly on Tuesdays at 4:15pm EST / 1:15 PST
RSVP to mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Mark Your Calendars: January 16


Popular Education – Democracy Champions Train the Trainers Wanted. : Train the Trainer

 

 

January 26, 2018
RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Democracy Champions Train the Trainer


Enviro Working Group

 

 

 

 

Greenpeace USA and Sierra Club held an initial meeting with environmental groups and some new DI partners prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. The meeting included Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, LCV, Friends of the Earth, Center for Environmental Health, Water Keeper Alliance, and Oil Change International. The group will hold their next meeting in January to identify and collaborate on one or two democracy campaigns as an environmental community.

For more information, please contact David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) or Courtney Hight (courtney.hight@sierraclub.org).

 


Message from Executive Director Wendy Fields:

On Behalf of the DI board and Staff, I want to wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season. We thank you for all the great work and look forward to continuing the fight in 2018.

Peace and Solidarity,

Wendy Fields
Executive Director
Democracy Initiative

The DI office will be closed December 22, 2017 thru January 1, 2018.


Stay Connected with DI Partners

Want to share a victory or call to action in the fight for democracy? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to receive the DI Report in your inbox. And please be sure to follow us on Twitter(@Unite4Democracy), like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 11.30.2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

DI 6th Annual Meeting: Shifting Power & Building Solidarity to Win in 2018 and Beyond

Democracy Champions Honorees Announced

The Democracy Initiative Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2017 Democracy Champions recipients: Larry Cohen, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition , and Just Democracy Illinois. DI is awarding these individuals and coalitions for their outstanding work to advance a reflective democracy through broad-based issued focused coalition building.

The Democracy Champions will be recognized during the evening reception (starts at 4:30pm) on December 14, 2017 as part of the Democracy Initiative's 6th Annual Meeting.

RSVP for the 6th Annual Meeting.

Larry Cohen is a true visionary and tireless advocate for democracy. Through his leadership, he has brought labor unions directly into the fight for democracy reforms by making the connection between jobs, healthcare, and our environment central to expanding voting, blunting the influence of money, and creating fair representation. In 2013, Larry along with environmental, civil rights, and good government leaders recognized the need for a coalition of issue organizations to come together to advance democracy reforms in order to move critical issues facing millions of Americans. Out of those discussions the Democracy Initiative was born and we’ve been mobilizing millions and expanding democracy thanks to the vision of leaders like Larry Cohen.

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) is actively working to ensure returning citizens can be full participants in their communities. The fight is about more than just voting rights in Florida. We know that for democracy to work, everyone in the community must have the ability to effectively advocate for good jobs, fair housing, and a just and sustainable community for themselves and their families. FRRC is leading this ongoing battle in Florida to restore the rights of the 1.5 million returning citizens who have been denied representation in their communities on the very issues that impact them on a daily basis from housing to jobs to healthcare. Their work inspires all of us to make a reflective democracy a reality.

Just Democracy Illinois worked tirelessly in 2017 to expand voting to 2 million eligible voters in the state through Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). The diverse coalition successfully mobilized members to engaged state lawmakers on the importance of supporting AVR. Their hard work paid off with when AVR passed the House and Senate unanimously in May, and was signed by Governor Rauner in August. Illinois became the 10th state to adopt automatic voter registration.

Join us at the DI's 6th Annual Meeting to recognize these Democracy Champions and to participate in timely discussions on race, class, and gender equity as we build an inclusive and powerful democracy movement for 2018 and beyond.

Democracy Initiative’s 6th Annual Meeting
Shifting Power & Building Solidarity to Win in 2018 and Beyond
Thursday, December 14th, 2017
1:00pm-4:30pm
AFL-CIO Headquarters - President’s Room
815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Opportunity to Share Your Democracy Reform Campaigns at The Annual Meeting!

As part of the Annual Meeting on December 14th, we are inviting partners to share their priority reform campaigns. The DI will put forth a set of recommendations on state and local democracy reform campaigns for 2018 and beyond at the Annual Meeting. Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey as the first step towards mapping out our collective field campaigns.

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT DEMOCRACY REFORM CAMPAIGN SURVEY.

This year we would like to highlight a few campaigns at the meeting and during the reception. In addition we are excited to be able to roll out the new Field Guide to Democracy website – an interactive hub for DI partners and allies that connects activists and organizers to all the democracy reform campaigns across the country. Submit your campaign by December 8th if you want a chance to pitch your campaign during the DI Annual Meeting on December 14th. If you have any questions please contact: Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org

TAKE ACTION DECEMBER 2: WE CAN REACH ONE MILLION SIGNATURES TO RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS IN FLORIDA

Floridians for a Fair Democracy has collected more than 900,000 petitions with the goal to have 1.1 million by the end of December. The deadline to gather petitions by volunteers is December 15, 2017. There are weekly days of action and the next big day of action is on December 2, 2017. Folks can also send the petition out to their lists via email for people to print and send in.

It is time to restore that ability to vote to 1.5 million Floridians who were convicted of felonies and have completed their sentences.

Here are the primary ways you can help: (sample email blasts here)

  1. Here is the link for folks to print and send in the petition themselves (and print extra and share with friends). It’s also in Spanish if helpful.
  2. Here is a link to the campaign site where people can sign up to volunteer: https://secondchancesfl.org/
  3. There will be days of action on December 2 and 9. You can use this link to help recruit hosts and attendees and to track ongoing activity throughout the month.
  4. Finally, here are some campaign approved sample email blasts and I am attaching the messaging triangle for the campaign. Please run your blast by the campaign before you send it! A good sample is below from Common Cause as well.

 

Florida has the most restrictive policies in the nation with respect to limiting the ability to vote for citizens who have completed felony sentences. It is one of only four states in the country whose constitution permanently disenfranchises all citizens with past felony convictions. Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment would allow people who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote.

If you have any questions please contact: Getachew Kassa at gkassa@democracyinitiative.org.

TEFERE GEBRE TO BE AWARDED “ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE” AWARD – DEC. 5, 2017

Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre will be awarded the "Roving Ambassador for Peace" award on Tuesday, December 5th at 2:30 pm at the AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The award will be presented by Father Sean Mc Manus, President of Irish National Caucus and Chief Judge, of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. (WPPAC)

The "Roving Ambassador for Peace" award was initiated in Seoul South Korea, in 1989 by Reverend Dr. Han Min Su, a Presbyterian minister who has dedicated his life to promoting world peace by bringing together east and west representatives of all major world religions.

Light Refreshments will be served. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to fthompson@aflcio.org.

Let's Bring Fair Elections to Prince George's County - Town Hall Meeting Dec. 7, 2017

Fair Elections Town Hall
Thursday, December 7, 2017

6:30-8:30PM (doors open at 6PM)
Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744

We want 100 people to attend the forum! Mobilize your members in Prince George's County to show their support for fair elections!

Join Fair Elections Maryland and Councilmembers Obie Patterson (D-8), Mary Lehman (D-1) and Mel Franklin (D-9) for a Prince George's County Town Hall!

In recent years, many residents of Prince George's County have felt that their voices are being increasingly drowned out by the flood of big money into our local elections.

Small donor empowerment programs put voters back in the driver’s seat of our elections by providing matching funds for small contributions to candidates who reject large and corporate contributions. This system allows candidates relying on small donors to compete with big money candidates by appealing to everyday constituents.

Guest Speakers:

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel (Common Cause of Maryland), Delman L. Coates, Ph.D. (Our Revolution Prince George's), Larry Stafford (Progressive Maryland), and Joe Brice, President (Prince George's Civic Federation) as moderator.

Come out to learn about the program and what you can do to help bring fair elections to Prince George's County. Email David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.

Democracy 365: Key to Progressive decision-making & Problem Solving

The Alabama New South Coalition is part of the Rural Coalition (a DI Partner). The Rural Coalition is grassroots-led by farmers, farmworkers, migrants and ingenious people working to build a sustainable and just food system. That starts by holding corporations and elected leaders accountable for the policies that impact our people as consumers and as a community.

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.

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Final Mobilizing Meeting for 2017

Wednesday, December 13 at 3pm EST / Noon PST
RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Our final bi-monthly meeting for 2017 will focus on items related to the Annual Meeting as well as how we prepare for 2018. All DI Members are welcome

Email gkassa@democracyinitiative.org with any questions!


DI Launches Green Democracy Caucus

Thursday, December 14 at 11:45am EST / 8:45 PST

The Democracy Initiative is excited to launch the Green Democracy Caucus, a working group within the DI to collaborate on democracy reforms that focus on the environment. The Green Democracy Caucus is the way for your organization to collaborate with other environmental groups work in 2018 and beyond. The first meeting will be held at the Common Cause office in Washington DC from 10 am to 11:45 am on December 14th. It will be hosted by Courtney Hight from Sierra Club, Charlie Cray from Greenpeace USA, and Jacqui Patterson from NAACP.

We look forward to seeing you there, please RSVP to David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) to make sure you get the agenda and the meeting updates.


DI Communications Collaborative

 

Tuesday, December 19 at 4:15pm EST / 1:15 PST

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

The second meeting of the Communications Collaborative was well attended. Participants reviewed initial results of an internal survey on our coalition capacity. We encourage all partners to complete the survey. Full meeting notes will be sent out next week.

DI Launching Podcast & Hosting Twitter Chat

The DI will be launching a podcast in mid-December and hosting a Twitter Chat on A 21st Century Democracy on December 15th (the anniversary of the Bill of Rights). If you are interested in participating in the Twitter Chat or being featured as a guest on the podcast, please email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) and Raven (rkeenan@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.


Stay Connected with DI Partners

Want to share a victory or call to action in the fight for democracy? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to receive the DI Report in your inbox. And please be sure to follow us on Twitter(@Unite4Democracy), like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 11.22.2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We wish everyone safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family. May you come back recharged and refreshed for the work ahead! The DI office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving for Thursday and Friday this week.


Top Labor Leader & DI Board Member Tefere Gebre named 2017 “Roving Ambassador for Peace”

We congratulate AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre on being named the 2017 World Peace Prize "Roving Ambassador for Peace" by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC). The Council announced Gebre as the recipient on September 12, 2017 and will officially present him the award during a ceremony at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington DC on December 5, 2017. Gebre is being honored for his work within the labor movement to bring justice for men and women. The Chief Judge of the Council, Fr. Sean McManus noted, "We strongly believe that the Labor Movement should be recognized as powerfully contributing to world peace—based on solidarity, equality, and justice for all.”

Still #NotForUs

Last week the House voted 227 to 205 to pass a tax bill that gives corporations and wealthy interests huge tax breaks while leaving everyday people with little or no savings. The U.S. Senate is now considering their own tax bill which not only gives tax breaks to corporations but takes away healthcare from 13 million Americans. It’s clear, this bill is not for us – everyday people struggling to provide for their families; urging elected leaders to make healthcare affordable; looking for common sense solutions to the kitchen table issues

It’s time for elected leaders to work for everyday people, not corporations and wealthy interests. Democracy is more than just about elections, so here are three ways to keep you members engaged in democracy over Thanksgiving:

  • Write a letter to the editor about why the tax bill is a giveaway to corporations and how it impacts an issue your organization works on.
  • Schedule a visit. Make sure your Member of Congress hears from you while they are home.
  • Get organized. Talk to your neighbors and friends about how this bill puts more money in the pockets of corporations and billionaires and leaves everyday people to get by on less.

 

 

STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR COOK COUNTY TOWNHALL ON FAIR ELECTIONS

On Wednesday November 15, Our Revolution Illinois partnered with Common Cause Illinois to present a Town Hall on Fair Elections. The standing room only event was emceed by Cook County Clerk David Orr. The panel featured Sen. Daniel Bliss, Common Cause IL Executive Director Brian Gladstein, and Rep. Carol Ammons. Before the panel presented arguments for a Fair Elections Program in the city state and county, community activist Nicole Johnson from the Englewood neighborhood talked how small dollar donations.

Nicole said that small dollars from the community mean more than $1000 checks. She stated “If mother of 4 can give me a $5 or $10 donation, I not only have her vote I have her trust.” She continued to say “Money reinforces accountability” If you take big money you are now accountable to your donors and not your community. The panel and guest speakers answered questions from the audience. Rep. Ammons urged participants to change the way we think about money in campaigns, when $120,000 is considered pretty normal for a race in Illinois. She asked the crowd, “How many turkeys can you buy with $120,000? Instead we spend that money on TV ads.”

Common Cause Illinois and Our Revolution Illinois hosted this event to bring awareness to the Cook County Fair Elections Bill. The coalition which has collected approximately 1,500 postcards in support of Fair Elections in the past six weeks is working to build the demand on the ground to pass the Cook County Fair Elections Bill.

WATCH forum: https://www.facebook.com/hardlensmedia/videos/1760470397581538/

For more information on how your organization can get involved email David Sanchez at (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org).

 

DECEMBER 2, 2017: WE CAN RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS IN FLORIDA

Floridians for a Fair Democracy has collected more than 800,000 petitions with the goal to have 1.1 million by the end of December. The deadline to gather petitions by volunteers is December 15, 2017. There are weekly days of action and the next big day of action is on December 2, 2017. Folks can also send the petition out to their lists via email for people to print and send in.

It is time to restore that ability to vote to 1.5 million Floridians who were convicted of felonies and have completed their sentences.

Here are the primary ways you can help: (sample email blasts here)

  1. Here is the link for folks to print and send in the petition themselves (and print extra and share with friends). It’s also in Spanish if helpful.
  2. Here is a link to the campaign site where people can sign up to volunteer: https://secondchancesfl.org/
  3. There will be days of action on December 2 and 9. You can use this link to help recruit hosts and attendees and to track ongoing activity throughout the month.
  4. Finally, here are some campaign approved sample email blasts and I am attaching the messaging triangle for the campaign. Please run your blast by the campaign before you send it! A good sample is below from Common Cause as well.

 

Florida has the most restrictive policies in the nation with respect to limiting the ability to vote for citizens who have completed felony sentences. It is one of only four states in the country whose constitution permanently disenfranchises all citizens with past felony convictions. Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment would allow people who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote.

Let's Bring Fair Elections to Prince George's County - Town Hall Meeting Dec. 7, 2017

 

Fair Elections Town Hall
Thursday, December 7, 2017

6:30-8:30PM (doors open at 6PM)
Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744

Join Fair Elections Maryland and Councilmembers Obie Patterson (D-8), Mary Lehman (D-1) and Mel Franklin (D-9) for a Prince George's County Town Hall!

In recent years, many residents of Prince George's County have felt that their voices are being increasingly drowned out by the flood of big money into our local elections.

Small donor empowerment programs put voters back in the driver’s seat of our elections by providing matching funds for small contributions to candidates who reject large and corporate contributions. This system allows candidates relying on small donors to compete with big money candidates by appealing to everyday constituents.

Guest Speakers:

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel (Common Cause of Maryland), Delman L. Coates, Ph.D. (Our Revolution Prince George's), Larry Stafford (Progressive Maryland), and Joe Brice, President (Prince George's Civic Federation) as moderator.

Come out to learn about the program and what you can do to help bring fair elections to Prince George's County.

Democracy 365: Voting is Our Great Equalizer

Our Revolution is reclaiming American democracy for working people by empowering millions to fight for progressive change at every level of our country. It is clear that in order to have a democracy that is responsive to the needs of working families, we must transform our economic and political systems. Our Revolution is doing just that. They are active member of our coalition on reforms across the country to fight big money and expand voting rights for all Americans.

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.  

6th Democracy Initiative Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 14th, 2017
1:00pm-4:30pm
AFL-CIO Headquarters - President’s Room
815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Following the meeting there will be a reception to honor and appreciate "Democracy Champions!"

Mobilizing & Collaboration

Mobilizing Meeting

Wednesday, November 29 at 3pm EST / Noon PST
RSVP to gkassa@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.org

Our bi-monthly meetings to make decisions on field strategy and move actions  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!


DI Communications Collaborative

 

Tuesday, December 19 at 4:15pm EST / 1:15 PST

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

The second meeting of the Communications Collaborative was well attended. Participants reviewed initial results of an internal survey on our coalition capacity. We encourage all partners to complete the survey. Full meeting notes will be sent out next week.

DI Launching Podcast & Hosting Twitter Chat

The DI will be launching a podcast in mid-December and hosting a Twitter Chat on A 21st Century Democracy on December 15th (the anniversary of the Bill of Rights). If you are interested in participating in the Twitter Chat or being featured as a guest on the podcast, please email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) and Raven (rkeenan@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.


Stay Connected with DI Partners

Want to share a victory or call to action in the fight for democracy? Email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) to add an action for the next Weekly Update!

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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 11.15.2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#NotForUs

The President’s tax bill is a bad bill for everyday people. It gives corporations and the wealthy huge tax breaks while leaving families, seniors, children, and students with little or no savings. It’s time for elected leaders to work for everyday people, not corporations and wealthy interests.

Join Public Citizen and others on Thursday, November 16 at the National Building Museum for the people’s protest against the tax plan.

Publicly Financed Candidates Win in Albuquerque, New Mexico

On Tuesday, November 14 Tim Keller won Albuquerque’s runoff election to become the next mayor. Keller was the only publicly financed candidate running for mayor. The NM Political Report noted that “Keller’s victory comes at a time with a high crime rate, a struggling economy and discontent over the construction of a major public transit line through the city’s core.” Similarly, Cynthia Borrego won her seat for the City Council running as the only publicly financed candidate. Kudos to Common Cause New Mexico for their many years of work to educate and promote public financing through their “Democracy Dollars” campaign.

TOGETHER WE CAN RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS IN FLORIDA – MARK CALENDARS FOR 12/2/17

Thank you to all the member groups that participated in the November 11 day of action to collect signatures. Floridians for a Fair Democracy has collected more than 800,000 petitions with the goal to have 1.1 million by the end of December. The deadline to gather petitions by volunteers is December 15, 2017. There are weekly days of action and the next big day of action is on December 2, 2017. Folks can also send the petition out to their lists via email for people to print and send in.

  1. Here is the link for folks to print and send in the petition themselves (and print extra and share with friends). It’s also in Spanish if helpful.
  2. Here is a link to the campaign site where people can sign up to volunteer: https://secondchancesfl.org/
  3. There will be days of action on December 2 and 9. You can use this link to help recruit hosts and attendees and to track ongoing activity throughout the month.
  4. Finally, here are some campaign approved sample email blasts and I am attaching the messaging triangle for the campaign. You can email Jackie jlee@ffafd.org and Mila mila@floridarrc.org if you want someone to look over your message.

Florida has the most restrictive policies in the nation with respect to limiting the ability to vote for citizens who have completed felony sentences. It is one of only four states in the country whose constitution permanently disenfranchises all citizens with past felony convictions. Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment would allow people who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote.

Speak up for Fair Elections: Cook County Town hall, Wednesday Nov. 15

Please join Our Revolution Illinois/Chicago, Common Cause Illinois, the Democracy Initiative, and the 40th Ward Alliance at a public forum to learn more about small donor matching and discuss how it can help fix our broken campaign finance system.

Speakers include David Orr, Cook County Clerk, John Arena, Alderman 45th Ward, and Daniel Bliss, State Senator 9th District.

For more information, email info@ourrevolutionil.com.

Save the date: Dec. 7, 2017
Fair Elections Town Hall in Prince George's County, MD

 

Fair Elections Town Hall
December 7, 2017
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
6pm-8 pm

Hosted by Councilmember Obi Patterson and Councilmember Mary Lehman.

To RSVP or for more information, contact David Sanchez at dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.

It’s time to Stand up for DREAMers – Pass Clean DREAM Act

 

POTUS gave Congress six months to pass a DREAMAct before he would begin dissolving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program - a program put in place by former President Obama that was a short-term fix to safeguard DREAMers. The announcement by the current president was a devastating blow to DREAMers that rely on DACA to work and live without the fear of deportation.

Last week 1,500 DREAMer activists flooded the Senate Hart Building to demand Congress take action. Their mission was to show the grassroots demand for a Clean DREAM Act. The Senate action resulted in several arrests of DREAMers who risked deportation to bring media and legislative attention to this importance of passing a Clean DREAM Act.  

Several Democracy Initiative partners were in attendance to show their support for the DREAMers that traveled from across the country, walked out of school, and jobs to demand action from the Senate. Wendy Fields, Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative, was quoted “The DREAMers and allies that engulfed the Senate, was a great example of how Democracy is 365 days a year. The Democracy Initiative stands in support of the DREAMers and passing a Clean DREAM Act.”

Democracy 365: The Power of the People

The People for the American Way (PFAW) is one of the Democracy Initiative’s 63 diverse issue and democracy partners working collaboratively on democracy reforms. PFAW has been standing up for democracy in the courts and in the halls of power across our country to ensure that all Americans can freely exercise their right to vote and have that vote count.

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 & Reception 4:30-5:30pm.

6th Democracy Initiative Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 14th, 2017
1:00pm-4:30pm
AFL-CIO Headquarters - President’s Room
815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Following the meeting there will be a reception to honor and appreciate "Democracy Champions!"

Please contact David Sanchez (dsanchez@democracyinitiative.org) if you would like to highlight your democracy campaign.

 

Mobilizing & Collaboration

 

DI Communications Collaborative

Tuesday, November 21 at 4:15pm EST / 1:15 PST
RSVP to mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org, cc: eorbuch@democracyinitiative.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.

Please email Michelle (mwhittaker@democracyinitiative.org) for more information.

 


Stay Connected with DI Partners

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