Democracy Happy Hour - Feb. 02, 2021

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02/03/2021 Topic: The Filibuster

[Corrected Link from Meeting] Senator Bernie Sanders' speech on February 3rd: https://truthout.org/articles/sanders-slams-gop-for-1-9-trillion-gift-to-rich-in-first-speech-as-budget-chair/

* Democracy Happy Hour, February 3, 2021 - The Filibuster - Meeting Recordings & Chat:

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Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour Topics:

02/10/21 - Democracy & Capitalism

02/17/21 - Civic Education & Impact on Democracy

02/24/21 - Redistricting & Gerrymandering (May be canceled due to Democracy Lobby Week events)

Becoming a Democracy ROUND 2 w/ Kristin Eberhard – February 18th @ 6 pm PT - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H2Mp6r62S8qdzhRvY3adqg

Democracy Lobby Week – Feb 22-26: https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events/democracy-lobby-week-2021

“Dark Money” Film Discussion with Meaningful Movies at First Church – Feb 28th @ 12 pm PT: https://firstchurchseattle.org/events/meaningful-movies-dark-money/

Speak Up School series with Delta Gamma Kappa & LWV:

FDF Donation Page - http://fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate

FDF Events Page - Past Events- https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events#past-events

In the News & Election Links:

African American History Month - https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about/

U.S. government's corruption score gets even worse in global rating - https://thefulcrum.us/corruption-perception-index

CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2020 - https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2020/index/usa#

Republican lawmakers want to use pro-Trump rioters to undermine peaceful protest - https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/republican-lawmakers-want-use-pro-trump-rioters-undermine-peaceful-protest-ncna1256232

Lawmakers in Florida and other states want felony penalties for protesters - https://www.facingsouth.org/2021/01/lawmakers-florida-and-other-states-want-felony-penalties-protesters

State lawmakers make both voting easements and restrictions a legislative priority - https://thefulcrum.us/voting/voting-rights-legislation-2650170891

Arizona GOP lawmaker introduces bill to give Legislature power to toss out election results - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/arizona-gop-lawmaker-introduces-bill-give-legislature-power-toss-out-n1256097

Corporate America Reckons with Its Role Enabling Trump - https://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/corporate-america-reckons-with-its-role-enabling-trump

Pause in Corporate PAC Spending Triggers Political Pushback - https://www.wsj.com/articles/pause-in-corporate-pac-spending-triggers-political-pushback-11612175400

An Open Letter to Corporate America: Cease Political Spending Now - https://whistleblower.org/uncategorized/an-open-letter-to-corporate-america-cease-political-spending-now/

RANKED CHOICE VOTING FREES ELECTEDS TO SIDESTEP PARTY LOCKSTEP - https://www.sightline.org/2021/01/22/ranked-choice-voting-frees-electeds-to-sidestep-party-lockstep/

HB 1156 – WA State Local Options bill – Hearing in House State Government & Tribal Relations scheduled on Monday, Feb 8th @ 1:30 pm - https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1156&Year=2021&Initiative=False

Amanda Gorman is not only an inspiring poet, but a civic futurist - https://thefulcrum.us/civic-ed/amanda-gorman

League of Women Voters Washington: Civics education is crucial to making our democracy work - https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jan/29/league-of-women-voters-washington-civics-education/

Census delay sends redistricting ripples nationwide - https://www.rollcall.com/2021/01/29/census-delay-sends-redistricting-ripples-nationwide/

The Gerrymander Battles Loom, as G.O.P. Looks to Press Its Advantage - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/31/us/politics/gerrymander-census-democrats-republicans.html

Biden urged to create commission on trust in democracy - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/trust-in-democracy

How Cities Are Reimagining Our Democracy - https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/how-cities-are-reimagining-our-democracy

How to Restore and Strengthen the Voting Rights Act - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/how-to-restore-and-strengthen-voting-rights-act

Annotated Guide to the For the People Act of 2021 - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/annotated-guide-people-act-2021

The Peril and Promise of Redistricting Reform in H.R. 1 - https://blog.harvardlawreview.org/the-peril-and-promise-of-redistricting-reform-in-h-r-1/

Transparency is for government. Privacy is for people. - http://www.unitedforprivacy.com/

Oppose HR 1 Letter - https://unitedforprivacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Oppose_HR1_S1.pdf

The Filibuster Links:

Filibuster – Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filibuster

The origins of the filibuster—and how it came to exasperate the U.S. Senate - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/reference/united-states-history/origins-of-filibuster-united-states-senate/#close

The Senate Filibuster Is Another Monument to White Supremacy - https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/senate-filibuster-monument-white-supremacy/613579/

Obama: The filibuster is a “Jim Crow relic” - https://www.vox.com/2020/7/30/21348382/obama-filibuster-jim-crow-relic-john-lewis-funeral-voting-rights

'Kill Switch' Explores How Senate Minority Uses Filibuster To Protect Its Interests -

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/12/956145713/kill-switch-explores-how-senate-minority-uses-filibuster-to-protect-its-interest

All the Lies They Told Us About the Filibuster - https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/all-the-lies-they-told-us-about-the-filibuster.html

The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal Policymaking - https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2019/12/05/478199/impact-filibuster-federal-policymaking/#Ca=3#Or=1#Pr=28#IA=R

Number of senate filibusters by minority party from 1917-2012, by party - https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/27yz6i/number_of_senate_filibusters_by_minority_party/

What Democrats Can’t Do As Long As The Filibuster Remains In Place — And What They Can - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-democrats-cant-do-as-long-as-the-filibuster-remains-in-place-and-what-they-can/

The Case Against the Filibuster - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/case-against-filibuster

Time to Deal with the Filibuster - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/time-deal-filibuster

Explainer: what is the filibuster and why do some Democrats want to get rid of it? - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/30/what-is-filibuster-meaning-republicans-blocking-biden-agenda

The Decision That Will Define Democrats for a Decade - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/01/democrats-biggest-decision-nuking-filibuster/617854/

Say Goodbye to the Senate Filibuster - https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-01-25/senate-filibuster-is-on-the-way-out

Senate filibuster fight cools for now, but battles ahead - https://apnews.com/article/politics-filibusters-kyrsten-sinema-joe-manchin-mitch-mcconnell-e2cc0c9fe29370b009277877604745e0

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