Congress February Recess Action: Democracy Defenders
With a Democratic Trifecta we have the opportunity and a big task ahead to tackle much needed reforms to build a truly inclusive democracy.
We start by asking our Members of Congress to prioritize bold and sweeping democracy reforms including HR1 and DC Statehood (more information at the bottom).
So we are asking YOU to email or mail our Senators and your Representative by February 21, during their break from DC, to talk to them about what matters to us! Here is a draft letter, feel free to edit and add your thoughts!
Dear MoC (insert name),
My name is ___ and as your constituent, I am writing to you today to thank you for your actions regarding COVID relief and for standing up for our Democracy after the events of January 6th. I hope you and your staff are doing well and know people appreciate the work you do on our behalf.
I also would like to take this opportunity to ask you to defend our democracy and fight to pass bold, structural reform changes. This includes:
HR1 (the For the People Act), to get money out of politics, expand voting rights, combat corruption, secure our elections, and more;
HR 51, to make DC the 51st state to bring balance to the Senate and make Congress more responsive to the needs of a diversifying electorate;
John Lewis Voting Rights Act
and, in the Senate, eliminate the filibuster, an arcane “Jim Crow relic” that’s time has come.
So this February recess, I have one ask from you, my Member of Congress: Will you be a Democracy Defender?
There are a lot of questions and confusion surrounding the bill recently passed in Illinois. We recommend reading more about the bill in this article by NBC Chicago and The Guardian.
We also had a wonderful presentation about the bill during the Indivisible Illinois meeting and we highly recommend watching the recording HERE.
Then contact J.B. Pritzker and tell him to sign this bill NOW!
Here’s a look at what Indivisible is prioritizing in the coming months:
Eliminating the filibuster, a relic of the Jim Crow era that’s been used for decades to slow progress and prevent racial justice initiatives and other progressive priorities. With the filibuster in his pocket, Mitch McConnell can run the show even when his party is in the minority. We have to prove him wrong.
With rampant voter suppression targeting voters of color, immigrants, and poor communities across the country, enshrining and expanding the right to participate in our democracy has become more and more urgent. Congress must pass H.R. 4 (the John Lewis Voting Rights Act).
D.C. has a population of almost 700,000 (more than Wyoming or Vermont), and it represents an increasingly diversifying electorate nationwide (if D.C. were a state, it’d be the only majority-minority state in the country). None of those people have voting representation in the House or Senate. The way the Senate was designed caters to the shrinking conservative base, and it’s time to expand representation to reflect the true needs of the people.
Every single issue we care about comes down to the courts. Republicans understand how important the courts are for protecting conservative interests, and also how important they can be in blocking progress.
To unrig our courts, we need to pass bold, structural reform in these four areas: Supreme Court expansion, expansion of the lower federal courts, term limits for Supreme Court justices, and improved ethics and transparency requirements
H.R. 1 (For the People Act) has been reintroduced to expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and much more.