June General Newsletter
The Republicans and right-wing groups, unfortunately, are not taking the summer off. Nope, they are still spreading the lie that the election was stolen and finding ways to suppress voting rights. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, as of March 24, 2021, legislators have introduced 361 bills with restrictive provisions in 47 states.
So how can we strike a balance between having some summer fun and staying engaged in the critical politics happening around us?
Here are a few suggestions:
Fund the Movement
The easiest thing we can do is fund the democracy movement. It is painfully evident these days that who controls a state legislature, controls how elections are run. That is why we are raising money for down-ballot candidates in concert with partners in our key states.
Our June Beneficiaries!
Pennsylvania’s Northeast Democractic County Committees!
This effort builds power locally by supporting county Democratic organizations who are on the ground in their communities. These people know how to support voters and local candidates because they know the issues that people care about.
Over the long run, think about joining the Lean left Giving Circle
or start your own!
Keep VA Blue Pop Up Cafe
Join Us This Wednesday, June 2.
Virginia’s primary is June 8th, and we’re giving you two ways to turn out and protect the vote: (1) Call communities-of-color voters to give them information that will help them get to the polls and (2) recruit voter protection volunteers for the primary and the general election in November. Sign up Here
Join the June Push to
Pass the For the People Act (S1)
We must pass this pro-democracy legislation at the federal level so we can stop state-level voter suppression in its tracks. And with Democratic control of both Houses of Congress, now is the time. Check out the actions you can take here.
Host a Good Trouble Cafe
Gather friends, neighbors, work mates, or your book group virtually or in-person if safe. The idea is to enjoy being together socially whether it’s with a meal or just a cup of coffee AND stay engaged in what is happening politically. Learn more about the Cafe idea here.
Invite People to Watch the Documentary Film: Can You Hear Us Now?
“Small-town activism. Nail-biting elections. A last-minute power grab. In Wisconsin, where extreme partisanship has become the norm, voters are finding their lives increasingly irrelevant to state lawmakers. Through the stories of four tireless women fighting to have their voices heard, the film unravels the ways that years of one-party rule have reshaped democracy in a state at the center of American politics.”
How to Watch
A registration page will be available by June 10th. Film showings are from June 27 to 30. The June 30th showing will include a panel discussion of activists who are working on the issues presented in the film.
To express interest in joining us on the 30th, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Can You Hear Us Now.”
Dig In Deeper
Lend Your Voice to the
WisDem’s Our Vote Our Voice
If you have a passion for voter protection work, the Badger State or both this program is for you! There is a lot at stake in Wisconsin 2022—defeating Ron Johnson, re-electing Gov Evers and flipping seats in the state legislature. WisDems Voter Protection will recruit poll workers this summer and register voters later in 2021. In addition to direct calling to potential poll workers, the program will employ a relational organizing component. Sign up here to get started.
And whatever you do this summer be sure to check out the website! As we move through this year, there will be more to do!
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