Democracy Initiative

The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of organizations launched in 2013 working toward a bright future in which all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process.

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of organizations launched in 2013 working toward a bright future in which all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process. 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. Our partner organizations pursue a diverse range of progressive goals, including civil rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, and climate justice, but we know that success in any of these areas depends on reforming our democracy.

United by a shared vision for a political process that counts every voice and every vote equally, we are mobilizing members of Democracy Initiative organizations to ensure that all Americans can vote, diminish the influence of corporate and special interests, and halt the obstruction that has thrown our Congress out of balance.Together, we can break down these barriers and protect our democracy from the systematic effort to shift power from the many to a wealthy few by silencing our voices in the workplace, in the ballot box, and in the offices of our elected officials.

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Democracy Initiative

The Democracy Initiative is a progressive coalition formed in late 2012 which had goals of restricting the unlimited monetary donations by corporations and the wealthy to political campaigns and causes permitted by the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, supporting voters' rights, combating voter ID laws, and curbing aggressive use of the filibuster in the United States Senate.[1] The coalition was formed at an invitation only meeting at National Education Association headquarters by the NEA, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the Communications Workers of America, and the NAACP.[2]

Plans for the meeting originated in informal meetings between Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace US; Larry Cohen, President of the CWA; Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP; and Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club.[2] The issues selected represent shared interest in broad democratic political participation which would make advancement of the political agendas of the participating groups possible.[2]

In addition to the convening organizations, the initial organizing meeting was attended by leaders of the League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth, Public Campaign, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Common Cause, Voto Latino, the Demos think tank, Piper Fund, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, People for the American Way, National People's Action, National Wildlife Federation, the Center for American Progress, the United Auto Workers, Color of Change, and others, including someone affiliated with Mother Jones.[2]

Critics

The Democracy Initiative has been criticized as a progressive plot against democracy by the American Thinker[3] and "a costly distraction" by CounterPunch.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Ned Resnikoff (January 10, 2013). "Progressive coalition 'Democracy Initiative' aims to rebuild liberal politics". MSNBC. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Andy Kroll (January 9, 2013). "Revealed: The Massive New Liberal Plan to Remake American Politics: A month after President Obama won reelection, America's most powerful liberal groups met to plan their next moves. Here's what they talked about". Mother Jones. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Feldman, Clarice (January 20, 2013), "The Democracy Initiative: a Coup in Plain Sight", American Thinker, retrieved April 14, 2013
  4. ^ Vorpahl, Mark (January 22, 2013), "A Costly Distraction: Is the "Democracy Initiative" What We Need?", CounterPunch, retrieved April 14, 2013

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DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE EDUCATION FUND

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WASHINGTON, DC 20005-2207 | Tax-exempt since Dec. 2015
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  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
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