With 75 partner organizations representing 45 million members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the coalition’s strength lies in its broad geographic and demographic reach. DI staff provide training, toolkits, and technical support in strategy and policy reform efforts centered in a race, class, and gender equity analysis to help coalition partners inform and mobilize their members and allies. We connect partners to one another to share resources, experiences, and opportunities to strengthen campaigns and demonstrate unity across movements.
It is important to note that we recognize the damage done by past practices of white-led movements in speaking for and directing campaigns designed to empower disadvantaged communities that do not empower the community to speak for itself. We believe the people closest to the pain are most often closest to the solution. That is why DI and its coalition partners strive to align our objectives and partner with Black-and Brown-led frontline organizations, identifying capacity gaps and providing support for these advocates to determine strategies and practices that are more effective and authentic in their state-based campaigns. By empowering groups representative of and run by the community, we can create a national movement from the ground up.
Our coalition partners are comprised of organizations and groups which are:
- Engaged in democracy building and voting rights as their primary issues areas
- Engaged in a progressive issue area, but also has dedicated programming and staff to further democracy building and voter rights to advance their primary issue area goals
- Engaged in a progressive issue area, does not have dedicated programming or staff to further democracy building and voter rights, but is interested in participating in opportunities
Ensuring our democracy is inclusive and representative of the people will take large scale collective action. Every organization engaged in is an asset and our collective power is our strength. The DI strives to use the power of our intersectionality to mobilize grassroots members to influence and win on local, state, and national reforms while holding political leaders accountable in governing.
We recognized that our member groups who fight every day on social and economic justice issues can be the “game changers” in building a powerful reform movement and a just society. So, while democracy may not be your organization’s first priority, our coalition recognizes that we cannot win on our issues or represent our constituencies at the highest level if the rules do not work for everyone. A healthy, functioning, and fair democracy is a precondition for advancing all our other issues.