ABOUT

Our coalition includes groups from the labor, racial justice, faith, women’s rights, environmental, good government, and many other important communities. Formed in 2018, we set out on a mission to take back our democracy and restore power to the people. We believe that we must build a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, and everyone’s voice is heard.

Our Mission

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.

The Declaration for American Democracy has formed with a commitment 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.

Our Plan

Our democracy is in crisis. Each day brings more news of corruption, voter suppression, and shocking lawlessness at the highest levels of our government. Basic transparency and routine oversight are stymied at every turn. Corporations and wealthy interests pay top dollar, often anonymously, to influence elections and lobby officials, drowning out the voices of everyday voters. Instead of taking steps to secure our elections, the President of the United States is inviting – demanding, even – that foreign governments interfere in the 2020 election. Americans are feeling, with good reason, that our democracy is broken.

But there is hope for change.

In March 2019, the Declaration For American Democracy worked collectively to help ensure the U.S. House passed the groundbreaking reforms in the For the People Act (H.R.1), and introduced the Senate Companion S.949, with every single Democrat signed on.

The For the People Act contains three main pillars:

  • Ensuring all Americans can have their voices heard by reforming our voting and election laws by strengthening election security, ending partisan gerrymandering, and enacting automatic voter registration;
  • Getting big money out of politics by creating a new small-donor matching funds system for federal candidates, requiring super PACs and “dark money” political organizations to make their donors public, and strengthening oversight rules to ensure those who break our campaign finance laws are held accountable; and
  • Ending corruption and holding public officials accountable by expanding conflict-of-interest laws, banning members of Congress from serving on corporate boards, and requiring major party presidential candidates to publicly disclose their tax returns.

The Declaration for American Democracy also contributed to the fight to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4) through the House in December 2019. The Voting Rights Advancement Act seeks to restore critical provisions of the Voting Rights Act (1965), which was gutted in the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder. For decades these provisions had protected voters in states with histories of pernicious voting discrimination. This decision gave state lawmakers license to suppress the vote of communities of color without significant risk of legal challenges

Our Members

20/20 Vision
Alaska Public Interest Research Group
Alliance of Youth Action
All On the Line
American Federation of Teachers
American Oversight
American Promise
Arab American Institute
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Blue Future
Blue Jean Nation
Brady United Against Gun Violence
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
Union of Concerned Scientist
Church Women United in New York State
Citizen Works
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Clean Elections Texas
Clean Water Action
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 Major Superiors of Men
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of The Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Conscious Elders Network
Corporate Accountability
Courage Campaign
CREDO
CT Citizen Action Group
Daily Kos
DC Vote
Defend Democracy
Demand Progress Action
DemCast
Democracy 21
Democracy for America
Democracy Initiative
Democracy Matters
Democracy Spring
Democratic Policy Center

Demos

End Citizens United
Equal Citizens

Every Voice
Fair Vote Action
Field Team 6
Fix Democracy First
Food and Water Watch
Franciscan Action Network
Free Speech for People
Friends of the Earth
Generation Progress
Global Witness
Greenpeace
Herd on the Hill
Illinois Democratic Women
Indivisible
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
Lawyers for Good Government
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
League of Conservation Voters
Left Action
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The League of Women Voters
The Somist Institute
Main Street Alliance
MapLight
March For Our Lives

March for Truth
MAYDAY America
Mi Familia Vota
Minnesota Citizen for Clean Elections
Missouri Jobs With Justice Voter Action
MomsRising
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 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
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
New Progressive Alliance
New American Leaders Action Fund

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Northwest Side Housing Center
Open Democracy
Open the Government
Organizing for Action
Oxfam America

Participatory Politics Foundation
Pay 2 Play
Peace Action
People Demanding Action
People for the American Way
People’s Action
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Platform
Polygon Education Fund
Power Shift Network
Presbyterian Church USA
Pride at Work
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Turnout Project
ProgressNow Colorado

Project On Government Oversight
Protect Democracy

Public Citizen
Publish What You Pay - US
Reclaim Our Democracy
Rethink Media
RepresentUS
Revolving Door Project
Rock the Vote
RootsAction.org
Stamp Stampede
Stand Up America
State Innovation Exchange
State Voices
SEIU
Sierra Club
Southern Poverty Law Center
Student Debt Crisis
Sunlight Foundation
Take on Wall Street
The Climate Reality Project

The Workmen’s Circle
Tikkun’s Network of Spiritual Progressives
Truman National Security
Unitarian Universalist Association
United to Amend
Unkoch my Campus
URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Voices for Progress
VoteVets
We The People Massachusetts
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wolf PAC
Women Donors Network
Working Families Party

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