Declaration for American Democracy

Together we must build a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, voting rights are fully enforced, and everyone’s voice is heard. We deserve to have a say in decisions that affect our lives, and to be fairly represented by elected officials who are responsive to our needs in order to make our lives better.

Today our system is in crisis.

Powerful corporate and wealthy interests regularly defy the foundational principles of fairness, equity, ethics, accountability, and respect for the rule of law, and we are heading towards an impending constitutional catastrophe. Some states are passing laws that make it harder for voters, particularly minority voters, to gain access to the ballot.
Long-standing voluntary standards that created a framework for some executive branch accountability are no longer enough to forestall corruption, and our current system of laws is inadequate. It is with a backdrop of Congressional paralysis and increasing contempt for democratic values that we reaffirm the need for real momentous democracy reform.

We know that from calamity, opportunities arise – as does the chance to collectively build the democracy we demand and deserve.

We, the undersigned organizations​​, reaffirm that at the opportune moment, we will work collectively to create and pass a series of fundamental reforms to rebalance our moneyed political system, empower everyday Americans, ensure equal justice for all, protect the public’s right to know, reduce barriers to participation in our elections, vigorously enforce voting laws, and fix our ethics laws.

We will not be satisfied with any single reform, and will continue to press for the structural changes necessary to rebalance power for people. We will not accept anything less than a strong democratic system that reflects, responds to, and represents us.

American Federation of Teachers

American Oversight

American Promise

Blue Future

Brave New Films

Brennan Center for Justice

Business Initiative for Health Policy

Campaign for Accountability

Campaign to Unload

Center for American Progress

Center for Common Ground

Center for Community Change Action Fund

Center for Emergent Diplomacy

Center for Media for Democracy

Center for Popular Democracy

Church Women United in New York State

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Citizen Works

Clean Elections Texas

Coalition to Preserve, Protect and Defend

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

CODEPINK

Color of Change

Common Cause

Communications Workers of America

Concerned Citizens For Change

Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic)

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of The Good Shepherd, US Provinces

Conscious Elders Network

Courage Campaign

CREDO

CT Citizen Action Group

Daily Kos

Demand Progress Action

Democracy 21

Democracy for America

Democracy Initiative

Democracy Matters

Democracy Spring

Demos

End Citizens United

Every Voice

Fair Vote

Franciscan Action Network

Free Speech for People

Friends of the Earth

Generation Progress

Global Witness

Greenpeace

Illinois Democratic Women

Indivisible

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Left Action

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Women Voters

Main Street Alliance

MapLight

March for Truth

MAYDAY America

Mi Familia Vota

Missouri Jobs With Justice Voter Action

MoveOn

NAACP

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Action Network

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Association of Social Workers

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Council of Jewish Women

National Immigrant Justice Center

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

National Redistricting Action Fund

National Security Action

NETWORK

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Northwest Side Housing Center

Open the Government

Participatory Politics Foundation

Pay 2 Play

Peace Action

People for the American Way

People Demanding Action

People’s Action

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Platform

Power Shift Network

Pride at Work

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Project On Government Oversight

Public Citizen

Rethink Media

Revolving Door Project

RootsAction.org

SEIU

Sierra Club

Stamp Stampede

Stand Up America

State Voices

Student Debt Crisis

Sunlight Foundation

Tikkun’s Network of Spiritual Progressives

Voices for Progress

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Wolf PAC

Women Donors Network

Working Families Party

The Workmen’s Circle