Demand Democracy

We confront corruption in this moment not to restore old status quos that failed us before now, but to demand a new democracy that truly reflects, responds to, and represents all Americans.

Recent self-dealing, conflicts of interest, and attacks on the rule of law have dragged our country to a new low, but the roots of today’s corruption extend well beyond any one President or Congress.

Restoring faith in our democracy and ensuring government works in the best interest of all Americans, not to the personal benefit of political insiders and the wealthy and well-connected, requires comprehensive reform that will extend well beyond any one President or Congress.

Our democracy must ensure the freedom to vote and have that vote counted.
A strong democracy is one where voting is a fundamental right and a civic responsibility. Voting is our power to make change in our communities and ensure everyone has a voice in the decisions affecting our lives. That means eliminating discriminatory rules and ensuring that every person can exercise their vote, and trust that their vote will be accurately counted. We can do this with automatic voter registration, fully restoring the Voting Rights Act and voting rights for the disenfranchised, strengthen election infrastructure, while putting an end to partisan gerrymandering and the Electoral College.

Our democracy must be honest.
A strong democracy serves the people rather than the private interests of public officials and wealthy political donors. We need to empower federal ethics watchdogs and strengthen ethics rules, require more disclosure of the financial dealings of the executive branch and Congress, and make sure the public knows who’s getting contracts to spend our money.

Our democracy must have meaningful participation.
A strong democracy is one where our influence is based on the force of ideas, not the size of our wallets. This means voters and communities have the same influence over elections and policymaking irrespective of wealth. We must overturn Supreme Court decisions that have given the wealthy too much power in our politics, create programs that give small donors a bigger say in our elections, strengthen and enforce our campaign finance laws, and ban candidates from coordinating with groups funded through unlimited donations.

Our democracy must provide transparency into our government and our elections.
A strong democracy is one where people know who is trying to gain influence over our representatives, who is trying to influence our votes, and how and why policy is being made. Federal agencies and Congress should increase enforcement of ethics rules and require more transparency of how money’s spent on politics and how government acts and spends money. We also need more transparency from the White House, its advisory boards, and visitor logs.

Our democracy must be responsive.
A strong democracy works to respond to the needs of people and their communities, building trust in governance and equity. We must combat agency-regulatory capture with processes that increase public participation and reduce undue influence by powerful special interests – slow the revolving door and the use of public service for private gain.

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  • Stacey Gregg
    commented 2018-07-20 09:54:36 -0400
    Friday – 7/20
    TRE45ON ARRIVING 5pm BEDMINSTER
    Be there by 4pm- give TRUMP A LONDON & SCOTLAND Greeting! “COUNTRY ABOVE PARTY” Vigil moved to FSZFREE SPEECH ZONE- will not get arrested there- Do not park in the library parking lot. Or – by Train – Nearest train Station – Far Hills Station
    Clarence Dillon Public Library
    2336 Lamington Rd
    Bedminster, NJ 07921
    Please cancel going to Morristown – The Rooster will be Greeting Treasonous 45 Tre45on in Bedminister. Bring your signs, noisemakers, Creativity and let him know how you feel.
  • Stacey Gregg
    followed this page 2018-07-20 09:48:56 -0400
  • Ruth Toles
    commented 2018-07-20 01:41:30 -0400
    Last night was wonderful! I finally was actively voicing my opinions against the man Putin elected. I had never met any of the men and women in the group who gathered. But for the first time in many years I felt as if I was among friends and that I truly belonged. At 72 years and disabled without family or friends around me this was a special joy. I will endeavor to attend the Tuesday gatherings and to find more ways to be active in this so important matter for our Country.
    As a side note – Representative Jason Villalba, Dallas Texas and a Republican has called for actions to impeach #45!
  • Susan Hall
    commented 2018-07-19 13:27:03 -0400
    New Mexico… What’s up? I know it is hot but… Anything on the 20th?
  • Susan Hall
    followed this page 2018-07-19 13:26:14 -0400
  • Buckaroo Banzi Iii
    commented 2018-07-19 05:07:42 -0400
    Every word of this is correct if we are to save our country. This will take a few Democratic presidents to accomplish. That means Americans need to get involved, all Americans. I would hope that most Trump voters are seeing that they were duped by this con man to believe he had their best interest at heart. Now it’s obvious that trump only cares about trump.
  • Mitch Powell
    commented 2018-07-19 04:11:02 -0400
    https://www.facebook.com/mitchpowell/posts/10217171421336437 << photos, Sasscer Park, Santa Ana, CA
  • Mary Lou Bass Bass
    followed this page 2018-07-18 15:01:11 -0400
  • Sandra
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 14:57:18 -0400
    On July 18th, join a nationwide vigil to Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy
  • Sandra Faulstich
    commented 2018-07-18 14:19:27 -0400
    Are there any in indiana? Rachel mentioned muncie indiana on her show, but I can’t find anything around here. Would love to participate.
  • Leon
    commented 2018-07-18 14:16:40 -0400
    Tucson please join
  • Charles Porter
    commented 2018-07-18 14:07:27 -0400
    How about a national strike? Or maybe start with an NY City Strike. OCCUPY with NO ONE going to work? Cost the rich people money and you’ll get attention. I agree we need to change at least some laws, if not the whole system, with the exception of keeping in mind that Karl Marx was right about capitalism. Unrestrained capitalism leads to the situation we have today. How about Vigils near enough for all of us to attend? Try being non-elitist.
  • Tina Eckman
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  • Janice Goodhart
    commented 2018-07-18 13:22:45 -0400
    thank you
  • Paula Hood
    commented 2018-07-18 11:46:36 -0400
    7/18 No Seattle
    Greenlake – Meet East side of lake
    7pm
  • Miriam
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  • m smith
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  • Laurie Engel
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  • Adrian Tesseract
    commented 2018-07-18 08:36:52 -0400
    The elites, the uniparty politicians, and the entrenched bureaucrats don’t understand how angry we are. Democracy dies in the darkness, yet there is no transparency and accountability in our gov’t. Our voting system is being manipulated (gerrymandering) and corrupted. What happened to “one American, one vote”? Our “representatives” are interested in enriching themselves and their friends, and their votes go to the highest bidder from K Street or the billionaire donors. Politicians work to divide us and then pit us against each other. Our once-great university system is failing us, leaving students in staggering debt but with no marketable skills. We are now subjected to a surveillance state that was unimaginable ten years ago. I could go on, but the real issue is: how do we change all of this? It’s time to come together to seriously address these issues!
  • H Lewis
    commented 2018-07-18 03:07:46 -0400
    I will attend the vigil….again. But until every person at every gathering must have a lawful means of immediately expressing outrage in order to force the pace of resistance….to the racism, the slide toward authoritarianism, and lies. Hillary won by millions and every Republican has been complicit by silence and inaction in preventing us from learning by how many more votes she might have won, if not for criminal conspiracies and collusion. And worse—the Republican minority that got into power has waged war against the values of those of us who won the popular vote. They must observe the price of their attack on democracy. Every time the big hand on the clock hits 12(or 00)— speak: “impeach.” Every concert performer and progressive college club needs to teach us how to do it— threading the needle between militancy and the next vigil or Jan. 20th march….in order to metaphorically throw the window open and shout: “I’m mad as hell.” Enjoy the game, concert or gathering for 59 minutes, but on the 60th: speak, “impeach.”
  • Joanie Caldwell-Kenoshmeg
    commented 2018-07-18 02:55:28 -0400
    Its NOW or NEVER Time people. We must stand up to Complicit Republicans who watch Treasonous Trump take a hatchet to our Democracy and World Order that has kept us in PEACE. NOW is the time to make time to get involved and stay on it. Call , write legislatures, register voters, and Protest at every opportunity.
  • Wanda Jan Hill
    commented 2018-07-18 01:49:02 -0400
    Trump and the majority Congress have allowed Russian influences to run rapid in our Nation by not responding and reacting to their dubious behavior. Further, trump is allowing this Trojan Horse to enter and/or have their way with and in our Nation! We, the people, must step up because the branches of government are clearing not doing their due diligence! The majority Congress refuses to do their job as the ‘check & balance’ entity of the Executive branch. They are behaving as an arm of that branch and not as a separate Legislative branch. The ‘Russians Are Coming’ and somebody must be concerned, therefore, We the People have to wake up and get busy by all means necessary. Question: can the legislative branch of government be sued for lack of duty and refusal of protecting this Nation and the sanctity of our Constitution?
  • Lisa Casey
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  • Lisa Casey
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 01:25:12 -0400
    On July 18th, join a nationwide vigil to Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy
  • Dee A
    followed this page 2018-07-17 22:33:58 -0400
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  • Kathleen Brannon
    commented 2018-07-17 19:05:49 -0400
    Please clarify the statement “We must combat agency-regulatory capture.” I don’t think many people know what that means.
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