Democracy Happy Hour – September 29, 2021

Event Details

Democracy Happy Hour, September 29, 2021 - Meeting Recordings & Chat:

Actions, Events & Misc. Links:

Next week’s Democracy Happy Hour topic:

  • Oct 6th - Gender & Racial Parity in Political Participation – Why does it matter?

WA Redistricting:

Testify at upcoming hearings:

Public Comment:

  • League of Women Voters online video training explaining the redistricting process, writing effective testimony, and testifying.

Important dates to note:

  • Friday, October 22 – Deadline to ensure full consideration of third-party map submissions by the Commission.
  • Monday, November 15 (11:59 p.m.) – Deadline for Commission to submit final maps to the Legislature

TAKE ACTION for VOTING RIGHTS – Please do one or more of these actions:

  • Nationwide Call-In Days to the U.S. Senate @ 1.888.453.3211 - Tell them to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, as well as address the filibuster so these bills can pass.
  • Call the White House @ 1.888.724.8746 - Tell the President to use his power to push the Senate to pass these bills and support reforming the filibuster. (The comment line is open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 8am-noon PT.)
  • Volunteer Phonebanks: Common Cause Phone Banks & RepresentUs Phone Banks
  • Write a Letter to the Editor: Use the Letter To the Editor Tool to submit a letter to your local newspaper

Sign These Petitions:


Democracy in the News Links:

Republican Review of Arizona Vote Fails to Show Stolen Election -

'We won': Trump and his allies barrel ahead with election lies despite Arizona review confirming his loss -

‘Big Lie’ Election Audits Go On After Arizona: Here’s What’s Happening In Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—And Now Texas -

Elections officials say individuals are knocking on Florida voters’ doors -

Skagit County not connected to recent door-to-door “Elections Integrity Audit” -

GOP to step up poll watching, election litigation efforts, official says -

Nearly a dozen states enacted laws this year that could subvert the results of future elections, analysis finds -

As Trump hints at 2024 comeback, democracy advocates fear a ‘worst-case scenario’ for the country -

Voting registration advocates grapple with new election laws -

Voter registration volunteers are crucial for democracy. They shouldn't be threatened with fines or felonies. -

California becomes 8th U.S. state to make universal mail-in ballots permanent -

More Americans Think It’s Too Easy Than Too Hard to Vote -


Breaking Down the Freedom to Vote Act -

U.S. Senate's Schumer mulls passing election reform without Republicans -

To Secure Voting Rights and Strengthen Democracy, the Senate Must Abolish the Filibuster -

Democrats Discussing 2 Options To Change The Filibuster To Pass Voting Rights Laws -

Arizona Democratic Party passes resolution criticizing Sinema on filibuster, reconciliation -

The redistricting wars -

The plot against democracy: how Texas Republicans plan to steal power from minority voters -

Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear redistricting case, setting up a second court battle over Legislative maps -

Voting rights groups sue Ohio over a Republican-controlled revision of state voting districts. -

As redistricting begins, states tackle the issue of ‘prison gerrymandering’ -

Dozens of lawsuits filed ahead of redistricting presage years of litigation -

Industry Lobbyists Aim to Pick Apart Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill -

Corporate PACs Reward Democrats Opposing Reconciliation Package -

There’s a Flurry of Studies Trashing the Democrats’ Tax Agenda. They Have Corporate and GOP Dark Money Ties. -

Big Pharma, medical firms donated $750K to Kyrsten Sinema — then she opposed drug bill -

Kyrsten Sinema Is Corporate Lobbies’ Million-Dollar Woman -

GOP operatives funneling Russian money to Trump is the latest foreign “straw” donor scheme -

Breakdown of police reform talks highlights power of police union lobby -

The most powerful network of Democratic donors has a new president -

Is the Tide Turning on Corporate Climate Lobbying? -

A law Lorena González devised now benefits her Seattle mayoral campaign -

Massachusetts Bills Would Limit Political Spending by Foreign-Influenced Corporations -

131 Federal Judges Broke the Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had a Financial Interest -

Supreme Court observers see trouble ahead as public approval of justices erodes -

Texas abortion providers ask U.S. Supreme Court to fast-track their challenge to state’s near-total abortion ban -

Georgia abortion law to be argued in federal appeals court -

House Democrats vote to establish federal right to abortion -

Americans have negative views of all three branches of government -

Risk-Limiting Audits – Verified Voting -

Philadelphia could be next to adopt ranked-choice voting -

Register young folks to vote. It's for the (political) culture. -

How Democracy Vouchers Increase Political Engagement -

News vouchers are an effective way to restore diverse, vibrant local journalism -

The People’s Constitution -

The People’s Constitution – VIDEO Presentation -

Extremism in the U.S. – What, When & How? Links:

Extremism – definition -

Terrorism in the United States -

The rise of domestic extremism in America -

Extremist Files -

Data Unpacked – The Military, Police, and Rising U.S. Terrorism -

Right-wing extremism: History repeats itself — and the worst may be yet to come -

Extremism and Political Violence in America: Current Landscape, Future Outlook -

#StopTheSteal: Timeline of Social Media and Extremist Activities Leading to 1/6 Insurrection -

Our constitutional crisis is already here -

Violent Extremism in America: Can It Be Stopped? -

Violent Extremism in America - Interviews with Former Extremists and Their Families on Radicalization and Deradicalization -

A National Policy Blueprint To End White Supremacist Violence -

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September 29, 2021
5:00 pm
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