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Event: Academics for Amendment 1! FairMapsVA Community Conversation - Wednesday, 16 September 2020 #cal-invite

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Academics for Amendment 1! FairMapsVA Community Conversation

When:
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
7:00pm to 8:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Zoom: https://bit.ly/FairMapsWednesday

Organizer: Daela Taeoali-Tipton daela.tipton@...

Description:

Academics for Amendment 1! FairMapsVA Community Conversation

Register for the Zoom link at http://bit.ly/FairMapsWednesday to join FairMapsVA every Wednesday at 7pm for a webinar on Amendment 1! Each week will feature guests from different backgrounds and interest groups discussing why you should Vote Yes on 1!

Week 1, 9/16: Academics for Amendment 1 -- Prof. Rebecca Green of William & Mary Law School, Asst. Prof. Alex Keena of VCU Political Science & Asst. Prof. Nick Goedert of VT Political Science

Future weeks:
Voting Rights Experts for Amendment 1
Progressives for Amendment 1
Business Leaders for Amendment 1
African Americans for Amendment 1
Women for Amendment 1
Environmentalists for Amendment 1


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Join us on Constitution Day for a discussion on getting big money out of politics: Thursday, Sept 17th at 7 pm

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Hi all,
Thursday is Constitution Day (bet you didn't know that!). Are you interested in exploring opportunities to get money out of politics, with a focus on Virginia? 
 
Our VA chapter of American Promise is  organizing a virtual event this Thursday (17th at 7) in honor of Constitution Day:"A more perfect union by getting big money out of politics".  Should be interesting, we have great speakers, including VA legislators (Senator Creigh Deeds and Del Schuyler VanValkenburg).  See description below. If you're interested in attending, you can register here: Click here.
 
Sorry for any cross posting.  
Nancy Morgan/Alexandria
 
Coordinator VA Chapter of American Promise

Twitter: @MoneyOutVA


SEPTEMBER 17th at 7 PM: CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY WITH US!  RSVP HERE.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Join the VA Chapter of American Promise, Network NoVA, JCC Indivisible Williamsburg for a A CONSTITUTION DAY EVENT on Sept 17th: "Making A More Perfect Union By Getting Big Money Out of Politics". Other co-sponsors include Clean Virginia, UnKochMyCampus, Activate Virginia, Voters Right to Know, Clean Money Squad.
 
Let's discuss what we can do to get big money out of politics. The panel discussion will include Virginia legislators, Senator Creigh Deeds and Del Schuyler VanValkenburg and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Hedrick Smith, as well as and John Pudner, executive director of Take Back our Republic. Along with advocates from the VA chapter of American Promise (Michael Deal and Nancy Morgan), we will discuss best practices in citizen activism from around the country to get money out of politics.
 
The Event: This one-hour virtual panel will focus on citizen activism to overturn a series of Supreme Court decisions that have eroded our ability to regulate election spending. As a result of Citizens United, donors and special interests are now free to spend without limits through Super PACs and “dark money’ groups. This discussion will cover both the Constitutional amendment process and legislative action at the state level. Participants are encouraged to stream a PBS-aired documentary by Hedrick Smith, "The Democracy Rebellion" prior to the panel discussion. (http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/the-democracy-rebellion/).

 

If you can't attend but are interested in more information about our activities, send me an email: nancyruthmorgan@....

 

 
 


Poor Peoples' Campaign: National Moral Monday Mass Assembly and Teach-In: Voting is Power Unleashed, #cal-notice #TAKEACTION #Training #upcomingevent

Michael Deal
 

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is non-partisan but deeply committed to moral politics and public policy. For years we’ve demanded nothing less than a reconstruction of society around the needs of the poor and dispossessed. To do this, we must bring the agenda of poor and low-income people front and center in this election cycle and beyond.

Join us on Monday, September 14th at 7pm ET / 4pm PT for a National Moral Monday Mass Assembly and Teach-In: Voting is Power Unleashed,* a massive online event bringing together poor and low-income people and allies who will learn about voter power, engagement, registration and protection and how to organize our communities to defend the vote.

Poor and low-income people hold the power to change the political calculus across the nation. The attacks on voting rights, voter suppression and in-person voter intimidation will only escalate in the weeks to come. That’s why we need to pull the movement family together for this massive teach-in to spread the tools people need to defend our democracy. Leading civil rights attorneys Caitlin Swain and Sherrilyn Ifill from Forward Justice and NAACP Legal Defense Fund will lead a powerful session on what grassroots leaders need to know as we enter the voting season. Organizers will lead us through the urgent voter engagement programs of the Poor People's Campaign.

We will be joined by PPC coordinating committees in 43 states and other civic, religious and social justice organizations and cultural activists Erika Alexander, Mark Ruffalo, Jane Fonda, D.L. Hughley and Charlamagne tha God. In addition, presidential candidate Joe Biden has accepted our invitation to directly address our agenda and the priorities of poor and low-income people. President Trump was invited to join us, but has not responded.

Imperfect, fragile as it is, our democracy is worth fighting for.

Forward together, not one step back!

Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Co-Chairs, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

*This event will be fully closed-captioned and translated into ASL and Spanish.


Constitution Day event, Sept 17th at 7 pm: "Making a More Perfect Union by Getting Big Money Out of Politics"

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Hi all,
We just got our Facebook announcement finalized for our Constitution Day event: "Making a More Perfect Union by Getting Big Money Out of Politics"  See below. 
The Facebook link is: https://www.facebook.com/events/3378055595570918/

It would be great if you could share it with colleagues, put it up on your Facebooks.   
Nancy



Support a hearing on a bipartisan bill, HB5088, that would assist over half a mission households in Virginia that are unable to pay their utility bills due to the Covid-19 crisis. #TAKEACTION

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

 

Luisa Boyarski

AttachmentsFri, Aug 28, 11:32 AM (1 day ago)
 
 
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Dear Grassroots Group Leaders,
 
Thanks to all who signed our letter urging the House of Delegates to schedule a vote on the bipartisan bill requiring Dominion Energy to redistribute nearly $400 million, that (at minimum) it overcharged Virginians between 2017-2019, to 500,000 Virginia households unable to pay their utility bills due to the Covid crisis.  We modified a sentence in the letter so that we could also send a letter to the Senate where the Commerce and Labor Committee voted unanimously against the identical bill.  
 
Call to Action:  Please have your members contact their state representatives and anyone whose campaigns you supported. Below is some sample language for the email, but please feel free to edit it to make it your own. Also, please use social media to catch the attention of General Assembly members.  
 
Attached are both versions of the letter in Word.  I recommend that when you send it out to personalize it for your State Senator and Delegate.
 
House of Delegate Talking Points.  Link to Email Addresses of Delegates 
 
Dear Delegate.....
 
I am a constituent and shocked that House leadership refused to schedule a hearing on a bipartisan bill, HB5088, that would assist over half a mission households in Virginia that are unable to pay their utility bills due to the Covid-19 crisis.  This bill would distribute nearly $400 million that Dominion Energy has overcharged Vrginia rate-payers (at minimum) over the last several years in the form of accelerated refunds and debt forgiveness.  I urge you to not only hold a hearing on this critical bill but also vote in favor.  
 
Senate Talking Points - Slightly Modified.  Link to Email Addresses to Senators  
 
Dear Senator....
 
I am a constituent and shocked that the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee failed to support SB5085 - a bill that would assist over half a mission households in Virginia that are unable to pay their utility bills due to the Covid-19 crisis.  This bill would distribute nearly $400 million that Dominion Energy has overcharged Vrginia rate-payers (at minimum) over the last several years in the form of accelerated refunds and debt forgiveness.  I ask that you urge the Committee to reconsider and vote in favor of this critical bill. 
 
For questions or more information, contact Sharon Shutler shutlersharon@gmail.com
 
Thanks so much and have a great weekend!
 
Luisa
Virginia Grassroots Coalition 
 
**DISCLAIMER - anything shared in Virginia Grassroots Coalition emails, including attachments, or in coalition meeting notes are not for public distribution. You are welcome to share them with your group members, but they should be kept in closed groups.**
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This Week: Volunteer Trainings with FairMapsVA! #upcomingevent

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Daela Taeoalii-Tipton - FairMapsVA daela.tipton@... via bounce.myngp.com 

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Hi Nancy, 

Happy Monday, August 24th! There's officially only 26 days until the first ballots are cast and we need your help. Are you ready to take action to advance fair maps in Virignia? Sign-up for a volunteer training this week!
 
As a nonpartisan campaign, we're lucky that our mission resonates with people all across the Commonwealth. However, with only a few weeks left before early voting starts, we need to make sure that as many people as possible know that when they see Amendment 1 on the ballot, they know a vote yes is a vote for fairness -- especially friends and family!
 
 
That's why we're asking you to sign-up for a training this week to learn how to use Outvote, a handy app that centralizes urgent actions you can take to advance the cause of fair maps. Outvote makes texting friends and family important information about Amendment 1 easy! This kind of "friend-to-friend" texting is the most effective form of direct voter contact, which is why we need your help! Will you join us to learn how?
 
Trainings offered this week:
Monday (8/24) 12-1pm & 5-6pm
Tuesday (8/25) 12-1pm
Wednesday (8/26) 12-1pm & 5-6pm
Thursday (8/27) 12-1pm
Sunday (8/30) 4-5pm
 
 
Thanks for your support and see you soon!
Daela Taeoalii-Tipton
Deputy Director
FairMapsVA
 
On July 1, 2020, the nonpartisan redistricting reform coalition OneVirginia2021 launched Fair Maps VA, a registered 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to the passage of Amendment One on Virginia’s 2020 general election ballot. This action fund is specific to the ballot campaign.
 
OneVirginia2021’s existing nonprofit entities continue to function as they always have: an independent 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit and a 501(c)(4) legislative advocacy group. All three organizations have their own missions, programs and Boards of Directors.
 
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Richmond, VA 23218
 
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Event: Conversation on Racial Gerrymandering with FairMapsVA Youth Leadership Team - Thursday, 20 August 2020 #cal-invite

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Conversation on Racial Gerrymandering with FairMapsVA Youth Leadership Team

When:
Thursday, 20 August 2020
5:00pm to 6:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Zoom

Organizer: Daela Taeoalii-Tipton daela.tipton@...

Description:

This is the 3rd and final week of New Voters Voting Yes to End Gerrymandering, a series put on by the Youth Leadership Team of FairMapsVA! This Thursday, we'll be discussing racial gerrymandering and the historic civil rights protections Amendment 1 will put into the Virginia Constitution.

 

This important conversation is about how our current redistricting process upholds racism within our democratic system, and what we can do about it. As the final event of this multi-week series, we have a challenge for you! Can you bring a friend (or 2 or 3) to join the conversation? Racism and gerrymandering go hand-in-hand, but this form of voter suppression is often left out of the mainstream conversation - it's up to us to expand that dialogue together.

 

Please, share this link with New Voters in your life excited to participate in the upcoming election and invite them to be part of a conversation about an issue on their ballot they might not even know is there! You can also share our event on Facebookrepost us on Instagram, and retweet us on Twitter

Register for the zoom link here: 
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtcOmpqT4rGdV-U8v_JtUcMEySqPLlgwpq


Please post Michael's blog on your Facebook and share with colleagues. "Today Marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Giving Women the Vote" #TAKEACTION

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Hi all,
Here is the link to a wonderful blog written by our colleague, Mike Deal, which highlights the need for grassroots activism in forcing constitutional change which leads to democratic reforms. It makes the link to the power of corporations in Supreme Court rulings over the years and culminates in a call for an amendment to overturn Citizens United. It is hosted on his Democracy4change website and it would be great, if possible, to put it on your Facebook pages.  Congratulations, Mike, very compelling and informative. 
 

Today Marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Giving Women the Vote: In Contrast to the Supreme Court’s Early and Consistent Support for Corporations, Expanding Democratic Rights to Disenfranchised Groups Has Involved Extended Grassroots Struggles


New online tool for voting by mail from RepresentUS #Resources #elections

Michael Deal
 

With so much confusion and disinformation, RepresentUs has launched a nonpartisan resource for all Americans to know how to cast their ballots by mail. The interactive online tool walks voters in every state through voting by absentee ballot, including application and mail-in deadlines. The group is also hosting a virtual "gala" fundraiser on August 30 at 8pm (Eastern), featuring celebrity guests like Ed Helms, Jennifer Lawrence, Dave Matthews, and more. Follow RepresentUs for registration details. 


Join Moral Monday with the Poor People's Campaign

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Definitely worth supporting! While not related to money in politics, this is a priority crisis facing our upcoming elections. In fact, it is related to money in politics, the new post master general, a major donor of Trumps, has investments which are in conflict to a strong U.S. postal service.


Dear Nancy,

The need to protect the U.S. Postal Service has never been more urgent. With millions of people planning to vote by mail, we need to ensure that our ballots arrive and are counted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has done nothing to step up to defend the Postal Service, and by extension, our ability to vote in the most important election of our lifetimes.

Instead, he has wasted weeks of precious time in a callous refusal to pass a full and compassionate relief package during the greatest public health crisis of a generation, and just this week he sent the Senate on vacation. And in doing so he leaves millions to face evictions, hunger and sickness without the support of the federal government

Join us for the Moral Monday Digital Direct Action on McConnell this coming Monday, August 17 at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT, where we will demand McConnell bring the Senate back to DC to pass a full relief package that includes protection for the U.S. Postal Service.

Over the past two weeks, more than 500,000 of you have taken part in the Moral Monday actions, with thousands calling in and shutting down McConnell’s offices in DC and across Kentucky. The activists of the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign are leading the charge to challenge McConnell and all the hurt his policies have caused in Kentucky and across the nation.

RSVP here to join the action on Monday to Save the Postal Service.

Like every week, directly impacted Kentuckians and others from across the nation who have been hurt by McConnell’s inaction will speak about the senator’s disregard for the poor and the USPS. The USPS is a lifeline for many communities, especially rural ones, and the orchestrated slow-down on mail is already causing increased late fees on bills that people can’t afford, delayed deliveries on medication, expedited evictions because payment doesn’t come in time, and is a dangerous form of voter suppression. When the most impacted don't have a voice, policy violence leaves them to die.

We’ll be joined by Elizabeth Powell, Secretary-General of the American Postal Service Workers Union (APWU) which represents more than 200,000 USPS employees, actor and activist Jane Fonda, and others to demand a full relief package including adequate funding for the U.S. Postal Service.

Forward together, not one step back!

Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Co-Chairs, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival


New Documentary About The Electoral College: Tonight (Saturday) at 10 pm on CNN #upcomingevents

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

New Documentary About The Electoral College
 
 
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Thank you again for signing up to FixTheCollege.US. We’re working hard to prepare the launch, and I’m very eager to show you what we’re building. 

But MEANWHILE, there’s a new CNN documentary showing on Saturday, at 10pm ET, about the Electoral College. Consider it background reading (of the video sort). (And don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz!)

If you watch, let us know by clicking HERE, and giving us your feedback? 

Thanks for all you’re doing, 

Lessig

P.S. If you’d like to donate to support FixTheCollege.US, you can do so here. We’d be grateful


On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake (Hardcover), Webinar, Thursday, August 13th at 7 pm #upcomingevent

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Virtual: Sarah Chayes and Zephyr Teachout

Porter Square Books is pleased to host a virtual talk with Sarah Chayes, author of On Corruption in America, and Zephyr Teachout, author of Break 'Em Up! This event is hosted on Crowdcast, and is free and open to all to attend.

Register for the event on Crowdcast here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/breakupcorruption

From the prizewinning journalist, internationally recognized expert on corruption in government networks throughout the world, On Corruption in America is a major, unflinching book that looks homeward to America, exploring the insidious, dangerous networks of corruption of our past, present, and precarious future. Corruption, as Chayes sees it, is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public but to maximize returns for network members.

From the titans of America’s Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal; from the Clinton policies of political favors and personal enrichment to Trump’s hydra-headed network of corruption, systematically undoing the Constitution and our laws, Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally, how they are overlooked and downplayed–shrugged off with a roll of the eyes–by the richer and better educated, how they become an overt principle determining the shape of our government, affecting all levels of society.

SARAH CHAYES has served as special assistant on corruption to Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as having advised David McKiernan and Stanley McChrystal (commanders of the International Security Assistant Force). She has been a reporter for National Public Radio from Paris, covering Europe and the Balkans. Chayes is the author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban and Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, winner of the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Paw Paw, West Virginia.

Break 'Em Up is a passionate attack on the monopolies that are throttling American democracy. Every facet of American life is being overtaken by big platform monopolists like Facebook, Google, and Bayer (which has merged with the former agricultural giant Monsanto), resulting in a greater concentration of wealth and power than we've seen since the Gilded Age. They are evolving into political entities that often have more influence than the actual government, bending state and federal legislatures to their will and even creating arbitration courts that circumvent the US justice system. How can we recover our freedom from these giants? Anti-corruption scholar and activist Zephyr Teachout has the answer: Break 'Em Up.

This book is a clarion call for liberals and leftists looking to find a common cause. Teachout makes a compelling case that monopolies are the root cause of many of the issues that today's progressives care about; they drive economic inequality, harm the planet, limit the political power of average citizens, and historically-disenfranchised groups bear the brunt of their shameful and irresponsible business practices. In order to build a better future, we must eradicate monopolies from the private sector and create new safeguards that prevent new ones from seizing power. Teachout offers a concrete path toward thwarting these enemies of working Americans and reclaiming our democracy before it’s too late.

ZEPHYR TEACHOUT is an attorney, political activist, and anti-trust and corruption expert. A rising star on the left, her campaign for New York Attorney General in 2018 was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, the New York Times, and others. She was part of the team of lawyers that sued Donald Trump for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Teachout sits on the board of directors of the Open Markets Institute, and teaches law at Fordham University. She lives in Clinton, NY.

 

Event date: 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

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Nancy Morgan
Virginia Chapter of American Promise
703-362-8014
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So Many Digital Ads, So Little Regulation: Why We Need Digital Ad Transparency Now, August 20th #upcomingevents

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Should be interesting. We are working with Austin Grahame, one of the CLC's speakers, on introducing campaign finance disclosure and limitations in Virginia. 
 
 
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You're invited to a virtual event hosted by Campaign Legal Center:

So Many Digital Ads, So Little Regulation: Why We Need Digital Ad Transparency Now


Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

RSVP by August 19 to receive access to the virtual event.

Disclosure requirements have long been considered central to the free and transparent functioning of our democracy. But our democracy is modernizing, and our disclosure laws are not keeping up. 

From the 2014 election cycle to 2018, digital political spending increased by an astonishing 2,400%. Meanwhile, federal law governing transparency requirements for political ads hasn’t been updated since 2002. 

Thanks to outdated statutes and FEC regulations, a political ad subject to legal transparency requirements when aired on TV can remain shrouded in secrecy when that same ad is run online. 

Asking companies to regulate digital ads on their own platforms hasn't been working; we need legislative fixes. 

There are several legislative solutions that can restore transparency to digital advertising.

Join CLC for the virtual event, "So Many Digital Ads, So Little Regulation: Why We Need Digital Ad Transparency Now", to learn more about why digital ad regulation is important and what we can do to fix it. 

Join us on August 20, 2020.

Featuring:

  • Laura Edelson, PhD Candidate in Computer Science, NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering
  • Maggie Christ, CLC Senior Researcher
  • Austin Graham, CLC Legal Counsel
 
Moderator:
  • Erin Chlopak, CLC Director, Campaign Finance Strategy
 


New report from the Poor Peoples' Campaign: Unleashing the Power of Poor and Low Income Americans #elections #Resources

Michael Deal
 

A message from Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chairs, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Today, the PPC is releasing a groundbreaking report that demonstrates that the number of non-voting poor and low-income eligible voters far exceeds the margin of victory in recent elections in many states, potentially shifting the political terrain for national, state and local races for years to come.


Both political parties are guilty of denying poor people full access to the political process. Politicians have chosen to focus on the “middle class” and wealthy. It’s high time we acknowledge this betrayal of nearly half the nation is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent and economically insane.

Poor and low-income people constitute more than 25 percent of the electorate, but 34 million of them did not vote in 2016. In at least 15 states across the country, including key battleground states in the midwest and in the south, just a few percentage points change in the turnout of these potential voters could change the political maps of this country. 

We know that a movement of poor and low-income people organized around a focused agenda, a movement that is committed to voting and staying engaged between elections, has the power to change both who runs for office and the outcomes of those elections. And we know that the power of the poor and low-income vote has never been more critical and potent than it is now.

More than 50 million unemployment claims have been filed in the last 5 months and 28 million evictions are looming. Meanwhile our country’s billionaires have amassed more than $700 billion in profits during the pandemic. And this comes on top of a pandemic of systemic racism and poverty that was already killing 700 people a day before COVID-19. Our backs are against the wall, and we’ve got no choice but to push, using everything we’ve got.

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/PPC-Voter-Research-Brief-18.pdf





NewVotersEndingGerrymandering #upcomingevents

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Apologies for the broken registration link! It has been adjusted in the email below for forwarding. Register at bit.ly/NewVotersEndingGerrymandering

 Daela Taeoalii-Tipton <daela.tipton@onevirginia2021.org> wrote:

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A Letter From FairMapsVA
Greetings!

As a leader of an organization that empowers young people, you appreciate the importance of ensuring that our democratic systems work for the next generation of leaders. At FairMapsVA, we’re committed to doing just that. 

Every ten years, districts are drawn by legislators following the census. By drawing their own districts, legislators determine who their voters are, instead of voters picking their representatives. This unfair practice of gerrymandering, the deliberate manipulation of legislative districts to benefit a particular party or group, is corrosive to fair, truly representative democracy.

Without fairly drawn districts, our elected officials are not compelled to respond to our demands. For Virginia, gerrymandering means further partisan gridlock, polarization, institutionalized racism, and the suppression of constituents’ voices. 

Luckily, this November we have a solution. There's a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that will establish a citizen-led, bipartisan commission to re-draw our maps. Finally, the voters of Virginia can vote yes to end the harmful practice of gerrymandering in our Commonwealth. 

We’re calling on the young people of Virginia to take up the cause of strengthening our democracy, and we need your help. We’ve designed a multi-week series to engage young people in the issue, mobilize them to vote, and inspire in them a sense of civic responsibility. Register here!

Our virtual series will include three weeks of youth-led Zoom conferences, each tackling a different aspect of gerrymandering and the proposed amendment.

Week 1: Intro to Gerrymandering and the FairMapsVA Campaign

Week 2: A group watch and discussion of the award-winning documentary, Slay the Dragon 

Week 3: Racial Gerrymandering 

Engaging new voters breeds thoughtful participation in our democracy. FairMapsVA wants to give new voters the tools they need to challenge the unjust systems that allow for gerrymandering and to make a meaningful contribution to their communities. Please spread the word to young voters.

We urge you to share this invitation with the young people in your communities. Feel free to respond to this email with any questions or concerns. 

Thank you, 

The FairMapsVA Team

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Money in Politics: Training on Messaging and Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, 4 August 7 pm (Texas time). #upcomingevents

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

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Reminder: Messaging & LTE Workshop

When: Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

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Organizer: Ann Drumm AmericanPromiseNTX@... 2146750040

Description: In the first part of this 90 minute session we'll review the ways to talk about money in politics - training that's good for crafting letters to the editor, meeting with elected officials, or just talking to friends about why you volunteer for American Promise. Then we'll review the tips for writing a LTE that increases its chances of being published.

Register for the workshop:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYufuCgrzkoH9eqGPaFsopK0qf_To0zCCZ2


Upcoming workshop on 19th Amendment: Past, Present, and Future, August 6th at 7 pm #upcomingevents

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 

Link to register
19th Amendment: Past, Present, and Future
August 6| 7 p.m. EDT
Free Online
This online program will begin with a panel of prominent historians, Professors Martha S. Jones and Lisa Tetrault, examining the history of the women’s suffrage movement. It will be followed by discussions with two iconic trailblazers who will address the fight for gender rights throughout our history and the challenges women face today: a keynote conversation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed by a separate discussion with Secretary Condoleezza Rice. A final panel will feature activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Abby Wambach, who will explore the opportunities and work that lie ahead for the next generation of women.
 
On August 6, join All In Together in partnership with The 19th, the George and Barbara Bush Foundation, the LBJ Presidential Library, the National Archives, the National Constitution Center, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for 19th Amendment: Past, Present, and Future.
 
This event is made possible by the generous support of P&G and Merck.
 


Michael Deal
 

Hedrick Smith explains how our democracy became so imperiled and why he is optimistic that citizen-led grassroots reform movements are reclaiming the American dream.

Listen to  the podcast   

In this episode Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, describes the grassroots movements pushing for partisan gerrymander reform, voting rights, and exposing dark money, providing compelling evidence that our democracy can be saved when ordinary citizens take action.  To understand how we got here and the complex challenge facing American democracy, Hedrick draws upon his analysis from his 2012 book Who Stole the American Dream? to explain the rise of economic inequality and how big money interests have captured our political system.

Hedrick's one-hour PBS documentary “The Democracy Rebellion”, available for live streaming on YouTube, chronicles the rise of citizen reform movements across America working to restore fairer, cleaner elections and to limit the corrosive influence of big money in our politics.  


Upcoming discussion: Business and how they can limit out of control spending in our political system. Thursday, Aug. 6th at 8 pm

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 


Last  night's discussion was very interesting: how conservatives think about money in politics. Join this next discussion.  Next Thursday, August 6th at 8 pm

Dear Nancy,

Join us August 6th as we launch a series of quarterly calls to explore the best way to lift up the unique role the business voice can play in working to limit out of control spending in our political system.


Legislators often assume that business is in favor of our current pay-to-play politics. This puts business leaders in a powerful position to help set the record straight: current spending rules that foster pay-to-play do not help business, rather, they threaten innovation, healthy markets, and economic growth.

Yes, I want to work to make business's voice heard
American Promise co-founder Jeff Clements will be joined by Business for American Promise co-founder Elizabeth Doty, Scott Ellis, CEO and Statement of Principles signer, and myself, discussing  American Promise’s 2020 strategy and the importance of our National Business Network.

Join the call to meet your fellow National Business Network Supporters and Members. We'll dive into the economic argument, weigh in on actions you can take and how you can make a difference for the greater good to level the playing field in America’s marketplace.
Please make sure to register for the Zoom meeting as registration is free but required for a personal link. Look forward to seeing you on the call.

All the best,

Susan Muller
National Business Network Manager
 
The National Business Network, working collectively with its members, provides educational forums and resources to help business professionals clarify where they stand and take effective action to scale and advance our mission.


Be a cross partisan advocate for getting money out of politics: Join an American Promise discussion, Tuesday, July 28th at 8 pm #upcomingevents

Nancy Morgan, American Promise
 




Dear Friend,

Getting money out of politics isn’t a partisan issue. 
It’s an American one. 

Join this special call July 28th, 8-9pm ET to hear from conservative leaders bringing insight from their experience as American Promise pledge signers, elected officials past and present, and nonprofit and business leaders, all geared toward making you a powerful cross-partisan advocate.

 

 

 

The power of money has corrupted the system and the system won’t fix itself without massive structural change. Across the country, conservatives are stepping up, taking American Promise’s Candidate Pledge, and standing for ordinary Americans, not elite special interests. Between now and November, we need more support, and winning that support starts with you.

Special focus will be given to how you can effectively ask conservative candidates to take the American Promise Candidate Pledge. Patti Bounds and Senator Richard Briggs didn't sign randomly– they did after being asked by the Tennessee American Promise chapter! 

Also on the call, you’ll get an inside look at American Promise’s best practices for making the economic argument for why this Amendment is necessary.

 

 

When we work together, we win.

 

Easy Action Item

Jeff
Azor Cole
States Manager

 

P.S. We mean it when we say getting money out of politics isn't a partisan issue - support for change comes from all sides. Hear the progressive viewpoint from Rep. Ro Khanna and Nina Turner from our June call here.

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