Democracy Happy Hour – July 14, 2021

Event Details

Topic for July 14, 2021: Oligarchy vs Democracy.

Upcoming Topics:

o   07/21/21 – Anti-Corruption & Accountability in Government

o   07/28/21 – Fair & Impartial Courts: How do we get there?

Democracy Happy Hour, July 14, 2021 - Meeting Recordings & Chat:

Actions, Events & Misc. Links:

  • If you don’t know the indigenous land where you reside on, you can look it up here: Interactive Map Reveals Which Indigenous Lands You’re Living On - Native Land -

·      WA Register to Vote or Update Registration Online - Deadline is July 26th for August 3rd Primary– (You can still update your registration or register to vote in person up until 8 pm on Aug 3rd) -

·      For The People Act: Quick Start Guide -

·      ACTIONS you can take to support the For the People Act &  John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:

o   Sign-up to Commit to Action:

o   Call Your Senator - 1.888.453.3211 - The U.S. Senate must make passing the For the People Act (S. 1/H.R. 1) & the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act are top priorities. Let them know the American people are tired of a government that serves only the wealthy and corporate interests. Here's a fun video to show you how: How to Call a Senator -

o   S1 PHONE BANKING - Sign up to phone back to key states with Common Cause. -

o   Letter To the Editor DRIVE - Use this LTE tool to submit a letter to their local newspapers. -

o   Sign this Petition - Demand the Senate pass the For the People Act and rebuild our democracy! -

o   If you missed it, check out our Deadline for Democracy WA State Virtual Rally held on July 10, 2021. -

·      Social Justice Film Institute – A Discussion of Voting Rights and the Films on July 16th – Recording available starting @ 1 pm PT - Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote & Suppressed 2021: The War on Democracy by Brave New Films – Register @

o   Panelists include:

§  Moderator: Cindy Black, Executive Director of Fix Democracy First

§  Giovanni Severino, Lead Policy Organizer of the Latino Community Fund

§  Breanne Schuster, Staff Attorney at ACLU – Washington

·      Good Trouble Vigils for Democracy, Saturday, July 17th – In honor of John Lewis – These vigils will be held on the anniversary of his death one year ago -

·      WA Redistricting Links:

o   Redistricting Justice for WA -

§  RJW Redistricting Outreach Hearing Signup -

o   WA State Redistricting Commission -

o   Upcoming WA Redistricting Hearings in July:

§  1st & 2nd CD: July 24, 10am–12pm

·      1st CD includes parts of Legislative Districts (LDs) 1, 5, 10, 39, 42, 44, 45, 46, 48, and a small portion of LD 40.

·      2nd CD includes all of Legislative Districts (LD) 38, most of LDs 10 and 40 and parts of LDs 1, 21, 32, 38, 39, 42, 44.

§  4th & 5th CD: July 24, 1–3pm

·      4th CD includes all of Legislative Districts (LDs) 8 and 15 and parts of LDs 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, and 16.

·      5th CD includes all of Legislative Districts (LDs) 3, 4, and 6 and parts of LDs 7, 9, 13, and 16.

§  3rd & 6th CD: July 26, 7–9pm

·      3rd Congressional includes all of Legislative Districts( LDs) 17, 18, 49, most of LD 20, and parts of LDs 2, 14, and 19.

·      6th CD includes all of Legislative Districts (LDs) 23, 24,and 26 and parts of LDs 19, 27, 28, 29, and 35.

§  7th & 9th CD: July 31, 10am–12pm

·      7th CD includes all of Legislative Districts (LDs) 34, 36, and 43 and parts of LDs 11, 21, 32, 33, 46.

·      9th CD includes most of Legislative Districts (LDs) 11, 33, 37, and 41 and parts of LDs 5, 27, 30, 47, and 48.

§  8th & 10th CD: July 31, 1–3pm

·      8th CD includes parts of Legislative Districts 2, 5, 11,12, 13, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 41, 45 and 47.

·      CD includes all of Legislative District (LD) 22, most of LDs 25 and 28, and parts of LDs 2, 20, 27, 29, 31, and 35.

Democracy in the News Links:

Restoring the Voting Rights Act after Brnovich and Shelby County - Senate Subcommittee hearing today fascinating (on Voting Rights).  Can see video:

Does Trump have a legitimate First Amendment case? -

The Republican Party’s top lawyer called election fraud arguments by Trump’s lawyers a ‘joke’ that could mislead millions -

Barr shoots down former prosecutor’s election-fraud claims -

Biden warns that American democracy is under threat — a message targeting many in his own party -

Remarks by President Biden on Protecting the Sacred, Constitutional Right to Vote -

Voting rights advocates press Biden to do more than deliver speeches -

Texas Republicans Reveal Bills of Far-Reaching Voting Restrictions -

Inside the secret plan for the Texas Democratic exodus: A phone tree, a scramble to pack and a politically perilous trip -

Texas Lawmakers, Dueling 1,300 Miles Apart, Map Out Next Voting Moves -

Texas House Votes To Send For Democrats Who Fled The State — And Have Them Arrested If Needed -

A federal judge declines, for now, to block parts of Georgia’s voting law. -

Massachusetts Republicans are trying to put a voter ID law on the 2022 ballot. Here’s what we know so far. -

Plot Thickens: Vote Counts Don't Match in Maricopa County 2020 Election Audit, Arizona GOP Claims -

Back-and-forth continues over possible audit of 2020 election results in Pennsylvania -

Partisan Election Review Efforts in Five States -

The 13 states limiting voting access under the radar -

Native voters are clearing hurdles. That’s why some politicians want to make them higher. -

The community that may be hurt most by Republican voter restrictions: Americans with disabilities -

Biden administration looks for voting rights path around Congress -

Top Biden ally pleads with him to scrap filibuster for election reform -

House Democrats tell Senate: exempt voting rights bill from filibuster -

National Business Group Calls for Senate Filibuster Reform -

Democrats craft voting bill with eye on Supreme Court fight -

The Biggest Threat to Democracy Is the GOP Stealing the Next Election -

Evidence from the 2020 election shows how to close the income voting divide -

New Laws Let Americans With Disabilities Vote Online. They’ve Also Resurrected The Debate About Voting Access vs. Election Security. -

Watchdog Group Calls For Supreme Court Ethics Code Amid Conflict Of Interest Fears -

Should the Supreme Court have term limits? -

Four States Start Inquiries Into Recurring Donation Tactics of Both Parties -

Dark money fights dark money -

Supreme Court's ruling on disclosing charitable contributions could leak into campaign finance law -

CEOs of top lobbying spenders meet up at Sun Valley for annual retreat -

Everyone Wants Health Care Reform. Industry Lobbying Won’t Let Them Have It. -

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored) -

Ranked-choice voting worked in New York. More places should use it. -

Sorry, haters: Ranked-choice voting produced the most diverse city council in NYC history -

Ranked-choice voting expands in Utah this year. See if your city is doing it. -

With deadlines looming, King County hits pause on push for ranked choice voting -

Our founders believed civic education and historical knowledge would prevent tyranny – and foster democracy -

Recent Navigator Polling on For the People Act -

Oligarchy vs Democracy Links:

Oligarchy – Wikipedia -

What Is an Oligarchy? -

Is the U.S. a democracy or an oligarchy? -

Oligarchy Countries, With Examples From History and Today -

For Ancient Greeks Our Modern Democracy is an Oligarchy -

United States—Democracy or Oligarchy? -

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy -

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens -

It's Legal to Buy Political Influence in America. Let's Make it Illegal -

The U.S. is an Oligarchy? The Research, Explained -

America's Real Divide Isn't Left vs. Right. It's Democracy vs. Oligarchy. -

The Oligarchs’ Revenge - The making of the modern right. -

Historical Roots of Polarization: Democracy or Oligarchy? -

How the South Won the Civil War -

Nancy MacLean video - The Rise of the Radical Right -

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