Democracy Happy Hour – January 12, 2022

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Democracy Happy Hour, January 12, 2022 - Meeting Recordings, Chat & Closed Caption Files:

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Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour topics:

  • Jan 19th - Citizens United v. FEC Decision
  • Jan 26th - History of Voting in the U.S.
  • Feb 2nd -  Saving Democracy: What can we do?

JAN 6 Virtual Vigil Recording- https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/0BZ6zh9xGgJfbGA4cinpdBqUa8EKubLr15qS5EtikYegqn2FqprtTvIXqZpE7roE_cXqf1b5fVGxqB1W.b9sXSI80aPb3lrcA

Deliver for Voting Rights – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action – January 17th – Washington D.C. & actions around the country - https://deliverforvotingrights.com/

Lobby Week 2022 w/ League of Women Voters of WA – January 24-27, 2022 - https://lwvwa.org/event-4596311

TAKE ACTION for Freedom to Vote Act & John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:

Call Your Senator (NEW Patch Through #): 833-345-2551

White House Call-In - 1.888.724.8746 (Tues-Thurs, 8am–12pm PT) or use Contact Form: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Volunteer Phonebanks

Share on Social Media – Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok

  • Use these Hashtags: #RecessCanWait  #FreedomToVoteAct #JohnLewisVotingRightsAct  #RestoretheVRA
  • View Messaging & Social Media Graphics: HERE  

Recruit Others to TAKE ACTION! - Talk to your Friends, Family, Neighbors, etc. and urge them to also take action

WA 2022 Democracy Legislation Report Links: Please reach out if you have any questions about the bills we discussed.

Jennie Jaeger presented: jennie.jaeger@gmail.com

Andrew Villeneuve presented: andrew@nwprogressive.org

Carol Sullivan presented: carolosully@yahoo.com

Cindy Madigan presented: cindymadigan@hotmail.com

  • Jan 10th House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee - https://tvw.org/video/house-state-government-tribal-relations-committee-2022011187/?eventID=2022011187 - The bill is heard at the last 10 minutes, starting at 1:08. Testifiers want to ensure there is education associated with this holiday on the value of the voting franchise, and that it is a day to acknowledge that people of color remained disenfranchised because of state rules. Rep. Lekanoff is eager to make that happen - the testimony is powerful so I hope we encourage others to listen.

Cindy Black presented: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org

Democracy in the News Links:

On Jan. 6 anniversary, Biden calls out Trump for ‘web of lies’ about 2020 election - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/06/jan-6-anniversary-live-updates/

A year after Jan. 6, Congress more deeply divided than ever - https://apnews.com/article/jan-6-capitol-siege-congress-a7d6f4e19386b70e8126f1029c0fab3e

Judges have declined U.S.-proposed sentences in two-thirds of Jan. 6 cases so far - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/01/06/jan6-sentencings-judges/

‘I trusted the President’: Jan. 6 rioters in their own words - https://apnews.com/article/jan-6-rioters-trump-in-their-own-words-883d0f57e0f2acc7acc6d184e3ebc984

Rep. Jim Jordan refuses to cooperate with Jan. 6 committee investigating Capitol attack - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/10/jim-jordan-jan-6-committee-refuse/

Pence and Jan. 6 Committee Engage in High-Stakes Dance Over Testimony - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/10/us/politics/pence-jan-6-testimony.html

Jan. 6 Committee Asks McCarthy for Interview in Riot Investigation - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/12/us/politics/kevin-mccarthy-jan-6-committee.html

The Next Big Lies: Jan. 6 Was No Big Deal, or a Left-Wing Plot - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/us/politics/jan-6-lies.html

Justice Dept. forms new domestic terrorism unit to address growing threat - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/domestic-terrorism-justice-threat/2022/01/11/dfd8d82c-72eb-11ec-8b0a-bcfab800c430_story.html

The Pentagon vowed to confront extremism in the ranks. A year after Jan. 6, experts say more must be done. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/01/05/january-6-military-extremism/

Don’t discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection with students, a Bucks school district tells teachers -https://whyy.org/articles/dont-discuss-the-jan-6-insurrection-with-students-a-bucks-school-district-tells-teachers/

How Republicans became the party of Trump’s election lie after Jan. 6 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-jan-6-election-lie/2022/01/05/82f4cad4-6cb6-11ec-974b-d1c6de8b26b0_story.html

Trump and the GOP both want to steal the 2024 election — there's just one major disagreement - https://www.alternet.org/2022/01/gop-trump-violence/

Trump abruptly ends NPR interview after he is pressed on baseless election fraud claims - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-npr-interview/2022/01/12/a2d0a26e-7397-11ec-bc13-18891499c514_story.html

How Jan. 6 Enabled Greater Interference In Our Elections - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-jan-6-enabled-greater-interference-in-our-elections/

They Helped Save Democracy — and Are Being Tormented for It - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/jan6-election-workers-trump-biden-2020-democracy-1279027/

A rural Washington school board race shows how far-right extremists are shifting to local power - https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/a-rural-washington-school-board-race-shows-how-far-right-extremists-are-shifting-to-local-power/

Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/05/opinion/jan-6-jimmy-carter.html

The battle to prevent another Jan. 6 features a new weapon: The algorithm - https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/01/06/jan6-algorithms-prediction-violence/

Stephanie Grisham says group of ex-Trump officials to meet next week to discuss how to 'stop' him - https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/06/politics/stephanie-grisham-trump-officials-meeting-cnntv/index.html

Cyber Ninjas faces fine over Arizona election review records - https://apnews.com/article/elections-lawsuits-arizona-phoenix-8417d871de10db020ee11e26ab28d03b

North Carolina voters dispute Cawthorn candidacy over Jan. 6 - https://apnews.com/article/north-carolina-elections-madison-cawthorn-57cf6e5bdf41585cc5e068a26568d4e1

Inslee will support bill to make lying by elected officials, candidates about election results punishable by law - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gov-jay-inslee-to-support-bill-to-make-lies-by-elected-officials-candidates-about-election-results-a-gross-misdemeanor/

Pro-Trump Republicans try to rewrite state election laws as a voting rights showdown looms in Congress - https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/09/politics/gop-election-voting-rights-battleground-states/index.html

"I don't think it's going to be a quiet year": State legislatures keep pushing to change voting laws after 2020 election - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/state-legislatures-change-voting-laws-2020-election/

Conservative groups target state, local voter registration rolls with multiple lawsuits - https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/01/11/conservative-groups-target-state-local-voter-registration-rolls-with-multiple-lawsuits/

GOP push for hand-counting paper ballots is latest effort to cast doubt on elections - https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/10/politics/republicans-push-for-hand-counting-paper-ballots/index.html

Big bucks flow into state races for election officials - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/big-bucks-flow-state-races-election-officials-n1287332

Financing of Races for Offices that Oversee Elections: January 2022 - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/financing-races-offices-oversee-elections-january-2022

The Impact of Voter Suppression on Communities of Color - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/impact-voter-suppression-communities-color

Opinion: No, Republicans aren’t hammering Democrats in redistricting. They’re doing something worse. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/10/no-republicans-arent-hammering-democrats-redistricting-theyre-doing-something-worse/

Voting Rights Litigation Tracker 2021 - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-rights-litigation-tracker-2021

The World Watches the U.S. Wrestle With Election Reform - https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2022-01-06/the-world-watches-the-u-s-decide-the-fate-of-its-democracy

Biden endorses changing Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/us/politics/biden-filibuster-voting-rights.html

Biden to address Senate Dems on cusp of election reform showdown - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/12/biden-to-address-senate-dems-on-cusp-of-election-reform-showdown-526971

A Voting Rights Push, as States Make Voting Harder - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/us/politics/biden-voting-rights-state-laws.html

Chuck Schumer is forcing Democrats to pick a side on the filibuster - https://www.vox.com/2022/1/8/22866956/chuck-schumer-filibuster-democrats

Democrats are looking at multiple proposals to curb the filibuster. - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/us/politics/democrats-are-looking-at-multiple-proposals-to-curb-the-filibuster.html

Schumer sets up final Senate confrontation on voting rights and the filibuster - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-voting-rights-schumer/2022/01/12/a3487238-73e4-11ec-b202-b9b92330d4fa_story.html

Dems' filibuster conundrum: It's not just Manchin and Sinema - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/10/democrats-filibuster-vote-526863

King Family Says Skip Annual MLK Day Celebration Until Voting Rights Legislation Passes - https://www.washingtoninformer.com/king-family-says-skip-annual-mlk-day-celebration-until-voting-rights-legislation-passes/

Opinion: A new plan to ‘Trump-proof’ the 2024 election quietly comes together - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/11/new-proposal-electoral-count-act-trump-2024/

Congress’ Plan to Protect the 2024 Election From Sabotage Has One Huge Flaw - https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/01/gorsuch-sabotage-congress-2024-election-reform.html

Michelle Obama and coalition vow to register more than a million new voters - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/09/michelle-obama-voting-midterms-526809

What the average citizen can do about the demise of US democracy - https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/08/politics/how-to-save-us-democracy-what-matters/index.html

New Survey: Business Leaders Voice Major Concern About Democracy One Year After the January 6th Insurrection and Support Federal Legislation To Fix Key Issues - https://www.publicprivatestrategies.com/morning-consult-business-leader-democracy-survey-january-2022---press-release

Corporations Donated Millions to Lawmakers Who Voted to Overturn Election Results - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/us/politics/congress-corporate-donations-2020-election-overturn.html

The silence of 109 corporations who claimed to be champions of voting rights - https://popular.info/p/the-silence-of-109-corporations-who

NAR is second biggest trade group donor to 'Sedition Caucus': Analysis - https://www.inman.com/2022/01/06/nar-is-second-biggest-trade-group-donor-to-sedition-caucus-analysis/

Defense Contractors Quietly Restart Campaign Donations to Election Deniers - https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/01/06/us-jan-6-riots-election-deniers-defense-contractors/

Boeing keeps giving big money to lawmakers who voted to overturn the election after Amazon, Microsoft stopped - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/boeing-keeps-giving-big-money-to-lawmakers-who-voted-to-overturn-the-election-after-amazon-microsoft-stopped/

Tech giants swore off donations to those who denied Biden’s win. Their cash is still likely getting through. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/06/tech-giants-swore-off-donations-those-who-denied-bidens-win-their-cash-is-still-likely-getting-through/

These Billionaires Kept Funding Legislators Who Refused To Certify The Election After Jan. 6 - https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2022/01/06/these-billionaires-kept-funding-legislators-who-refused-to-certify-the-election-after-jan-6/?sh=25fe8c2b6118

Manchin's Coal Corruption Is So Much Worse Than You Knew - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/joe-manchin-big-coal-west-virginia-1280922/

When lobbyists and legislators socialize, lobbyists are more likely to get what they want - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/12/social-lobbying-legislators-influence/

REP. RASKIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO GET FOREIGN MONEY OUT OF U.S. ELECTIONS BY CLOSING THE CITIZENS UNITED LOOPHOLE - https://raskin.house.gov/2021/12/rep-raskin-introduces-legislation-to-get-foreign-money-out-of-u-s-elections-by-closing-the-citizens-united-loophole

H.R.6283 - Get Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections Act - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/6283/cosponsors

Public financing the common factor for winners of ABQ campaigns in 2021 - https://www.abqjournal.com/2460032/public-financing-the-common-factor-for-winners-of-abq-campaigns-in-2021.html

A year after election, RNC still spending hundreds of thousands to cover Trump's legal bills - https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/year-election-rnc-spending-hundreds-thousands-cover-trumps/story?id=82114367

Vaccine Mandates Have a Bad Day at the Supreme Court - https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/vaccine-mandates-have-a-bad-day-at-the-supreme-court

Two North Carolina Supreme Court justices won't step away from voter ID case despite conflicts - https://www.thetimesnews.com/story/news/2022/01/08/north-carolina-supreme-court-justices-carry-voter-id-case-despite-possible-conflicts-phil-berger/9142318002/

Appeals court sees little urgency in speeding up challenge to Texas abortion ban after contentious hearing - https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/07/politics/abortion-texas-fifth-circuit-hearing/index.html

Texas abortion law likely to head to state supreme court, could delay decision by months - https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/07/texas-abortion-law-federal-court/

GOP sues over law letting noncitizens vote in New York City elections - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/gop-sues-over-law-letting-noncitizens-vote-new-york-city-n1287280

MEET THE LEGAL GROUP FIGHTING TO DISMANTLE RIGHT-WING POLITICAL VIOLENCE - https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/01/meet-the-legal-group-fighting-to-dismantle-right-wing-political-violence

Debora Juarez elected first Indigenous president of Seattle City Council - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/debora-juarez-elected-first-indigenous-president-of-seattle-city-council/

Everett swears in first City Council with women in majority - https://www.heraldnet.com/news/everett-swears-in-first-city-council-with-women-in-majority/

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