MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER…CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS…IDEAS OF THE MONTH…QUOTE OF THE MONTH…CONGRESSIONAL FAIR ELECTIONS NOW…MONEY ON MY MIND…DM FIELD ORGANIZERS…FACTS YOU CAN USE…
MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER
Welcome to the 2017 monthly Democracy Matters E-News! Never has there been a more important time to stand up and resist attacks on our democracy. Democracy Matters students are doing just that, by educating and mobilizing their campuses. Together we stand against intolerance, bigotry and the power of big political money.
Join me in reading and disseminating our E-News each month. Celebrate our victories, check out our latest happenings, and help us create a government that is truly of, by and for all the people.
A special welcome to our exciting new 2017-18 Democracy Matters chapters at Boston, Albany, and Penn State Universities, Le Moyne College, North Carolina Central and NC State Universities, Dutchess Community College, the Universities of Florida, Miami, Maryland, Texas, and Emma Willard School.
As Joe Hill said long ago: “Don’t Mourn. Organize!”
IDEAS OF THE MONTH
Sept 17 – Constitution Day
Our democracy is under siege. As colleges and universities celebrate Constitution Day, we remind our campus communities that students are a powerful force for change – for ensuring the rights of all. Only through active political engagement can we create a real and vibrant democracy.
Sept 26 – National Voter Registration Day
Democracy Matters chapters hold campus voter registration drives throughout the semester. And on September 26 we join our allies across the nation to give everyone a chance to register. We will vote out of office anyone who lets rich donors control our politics and our country.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“This devastating bill is the result of what happens when a party becomes beholden to a small group of creepy billionaires.”
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the Congressional effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). https://twitter.com/
CONGRESSIONAL FAIR ELECTIONS NOW
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand and 20 other Senators, recently introduced the 2017-18 FAIR ELECTIONS NOW ACT. The Act would dramatically change the way Senate campaigns are financed.
“Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United have given corporations and the wealthy few a blank check to influence politics and politicians in our country,” stated Durbin. “We need a small-donor public financing system to curb the ever-increasing influence of big money in politics and protect our democracy.”
Anita Kinney is Democracy Matters’ Field Director. Anita graduated with a Masters degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from SIT Graduate Institute. She works with DM campuses from Texas and California to New Hampshire and her native North Carolina.
Adam Eichen led the Vassar College Democracy Matters chapter until his graduation in 2015. He now lives in Boston and is a Democracy Fellow at the Small Planet Institute. He has co-authored the new book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want.
FACTS YOU CAN USE:
THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Our struggle to create a real democracy involves ensuring every citizen’s right to vote. That means pushing back against the many recent efforts to restrict access to voting. And it also means fighting for reforms that increase voting access for everyone.
Attacks on Voting: In 2017 alone, 99 bills have been introduced in 31 states that restrict voting. They especially impact students, people of color, seniors, and low-income people.
- ID requirements for casting a vote.
- Burdensome requirements for voter registration.
- Purging of voter rolls.
Expansion of Voter Access: In 2017 alone, 521 bills that enhance the right to vote were introduced in 45 states. They would ensure that every citizen can register and vote.
- Early Voting.
- Same Day Voter Registration.
- Automatic Voter registration.
- The right to vote for those with past convictions.
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