Mobilizing Millions for DEMOCRACY

We believe that the voice of every citizen should be heard and counted, so all of us have an equal say in a democracy that is of, by, and for the PEOPLE.

Ten Years of Mobilizing Millions for Democracy

After ten years of building a multi-issue democracy coalition and expanding the movement’s capacity to take on important issues, the Democracy Initiative and Democracy Initiative Education Fund will be closing their doors effective November 15.

We close our operations having achieved many of our goals. When the Democracy Initiative / Education Fund first began, few in the democracy community were embracing the bold reforms advanced by our coalition. Today, they are well-respected positions that resonate with the majority of American voters.

Our coalition has much to be proud of, including:

  • Launching the movement for Filibuster reform – the DI/EF shaped the debate around the ‘Jim Crow filibuster’ and made it a household word. A foundational tenet of the DI/EF, to re-balance the power between small states and the will of the people has momentum. We are confident that this change will happen.
  • Limiting the influence of Big Money in Politics – the DI/EF coalition mobilized to help eliminate dark money, encourage candidates to reject PAC donations, and pass legislation on small donor financing of elections.
  • Making Vote By Mail Essential – even before COVID-19 made voting a public health crisis, the DI/EF recognized it as an essential tool to allow working people, disabled voters, and communities of color to participate in our election process. Working together, we helped to ensure that Americans could vote safely in the 2020 elections, and we countered the mis- and disinformation attacks on the post office to build trust in the mail system itself.
  • Helping to shape HR1 – many elements of the For The People Act incubated in the DI/EF coalition to become part of the historic bill that was passed in the House in 2021.

When we first began, the DI/EF was a unique place where partners could come together to advance our shared work on democracy. Today, there are many groups dedicated to this effort and well positioned to continue this legacy.

We are deeply grateful to the DI/EF staff who have made this organization’s work possible over the years. The small but mighty team has harnessed the collective power of 75 national organizations, from disparate issue areas, to protect and expand our democracy.

We thank our coalition partners for all of their hard work and dedication to building a stronger and more inclusive democracy.

Last week, we saw democracy in action as voters across the country made their voices heard about the future of our country. I’m encouraged that our partners and supporters will continue the work to ensure American elections always remain free, fair, and accessible.

With deep thanks and much respect,

Charly Carter
Executive Director, Democracy Initiative / Education Fund

Boards of Directors for the Democracy Initiative and Democracy Initiative Education Fund

The Issues

The issues impacting our workers, our communities, our people, and our planet are directly linked to the need to expand and protect our democracy. The rights of all people and the foundation of democracy is threatened by structural racism, economic inequality, and wealthy or corporate influence over governing.

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Voting Rights

Our democracy is built on the idea that every citizen can participate in the electoral process and each ballot counts equally. We want to the voice of the people to count.

Money in Politics

The richest of the 1% have increasingly been able to put their mark on our democracy. Their values and interests differ from those of everyday Americans, and their mega-dollars diminish the votes and power of the rest of us. But we have the power to build a people-powered democracy.

Fair Representation

Americans feel disconnected from their elected officials as they witness gridlock, partisanship and obstruction. We are looking for ways to change the system so that we have a government that is of, by and for the people.

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