February 2017 Enews

GREAT DM SUMMIT...CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...IDEA OF THE MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND...FACTS YOU CAN USE... THE GREAT DM SUMMIT The 16th fabulous DM Summit theme this year was “Saving Our Democracy.” Nearly one hundred DM activists attended interactive workshops on the art of grassroots organizing, effective political messaging, lobbying your reps, and building great Democracy Matters chapters. We heard from Morris Pearl of Patriotic Millionaires on why we need public financing of elections, from Zephyr Teachout on running for office, and from Rosemary Rivera of NY Citizen Action on race, inequality and social change. In breakout groups, we shared experiences and strategies for campus organizing, and networked with each other and with DM staff, alums, board of directors members, and Adonal Foyle, DM’s founder. Energized and inspired, we returned to our ... Continue Reading

Saving Democracy

Trumpism can be defeated. But it will take grassroots organizing to do so. As the authors of the influential document, Indivisible, have argued, we will have to aggressively attack every retrograde policy that the new administration initiates. This includes the likelihood that Muslim-Americans will be singled out and scapegoated, under the pretext that they represent a terrorist threat. We will also have to mobilize to protect Latino and other immigrants. We will have to fight barriers to voting, and there must be no let-up in our opposition to attacks on free speech. And problems including mass incarceration, climate change, and the toxic relationship between the police and people of color must be addressed as well. But I doubt that following Indivisible’s advice to adopt a “purely defensive” strategy – confining our activism to opposing legislation proposed by the Trump administration - is enough to save our democracy. Many years ago, the sociologist ... Continue Reading