American democracy is premised on the fundamental tenet of “one person, one vote,” but since the very beginning, we’ve had to fight for every voice to be heard and every vote to be counted. Today an array of barriers are keeping regular Americans shut out of the political process, from restrictive voting laws suppressing the voting rights of people of color, students, and low-income Americans, to a campaign finance landscape that allows big money to increasingly shape elections and the policy-making process. For both issues, Congress has solutions in front of them, but has so far failed to pass them into law. It’s time for us to come together and claim a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counts equally.
This April thousands of people will convene in Washington, D.C. for the Democracy Awakening, a long weekend of workshops, trainings, speakers, rallies, lobbying and direct action, calling for voting rights and money in politics reform. This groundbreaking event marks the first time that some of the largest progressive reform organizations – representing the environmental, labor, social and economic justice, and youth movements – have worked together to turn out their members for a collaborative, transformative event. This Democracy Awakening is only the beginning, kicking off a broader “year of action” that will unite the efforts of more than 160 organizations working on the local, state and national level.
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