Declaration for American Democracy

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.

20/20 Vision

American Federation of Teachers

American Oversight

American Promise

Arab American Institute

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

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

Clean Water Action

Coalition to Preserve, Protect and Defend

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence


Color of Change

Common Cause

Common Defense

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

Corporate Accountability


CT Citizen Action Group

Daily Kos

Demand Progress Action

Democracy 21

Democracy for America

Democracy Initiative

Democracy Matters

Democracy Spring


End Citizens United

Every Voice

Fair Vote Action

Franciscan Action Network

Free Speech for People

Friends of the Earth

Generation Progress

Global Witness


Herd on the Hill

Illinois Democratic Women


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Lawyers for Good Government

Left Action

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Women Voters

Main Street Alliance


March for Truth

MAYDAY America

Mi Familia Vota

Missouri Jobs With Justice Voter Action




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 Center for Transgender Equality

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


New Mexicans for Money out of Politics

New Progressive Alliance

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Northwest Side Housing Center

Open the Government

Organizing for Action

Participatory Politics Foundation

Pay 2 Play

Peace Action

People for the American Way

People Demanding Action

People’s Action

Planned Parenthood Action Fund


Poligon Education Fund

Power Shift Network

Pride at Work

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Turnout Project

Project On Government Oversight

Public Citizen

Reclaim Our Democracy

Rethink Media

Revolving Door Project


Sierra Club

Stamp Stampede

Stand Up America

State Voices

Student Debt Crisis

Sunlight Foundation

Take on Wall Street

Tikkun’s Network of Spiritual Progressives

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Union of Concerned Scientists

Unitarian Universalist Association

Voices for Progress

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Wolf PAC

Women Donors Network

Working Families Party

The Workmen’s Circle