NEW MISSOURI VOTER ID LAW
When the Missouri legislature first tried to pass the new voter ID law then-Governor Jay Nixon called it “an affront to Missourians’ fundamental right to vote.” He went on that it “purports to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. ... Making voting more difficult for qualified voters and disenfranchising certain classes of people is wrong.” In September 2016, the Missouri House of Representatives voted 115 to 41 and overrode Nixon’s veto. The law went into effect on June 1, 2017, but civil rights groups are suing to block it.
Gerrymandering is the immoral process of using the boundaries of representative districts to consolidate power for a single party, diluting the value of certain votes and elevating the power of others.
The most important turning point for the future of voting rights in our country will take place in 2021: when states redraw their Congressional and state legislative lines.
Learn more about how gerrymandering works.
russian election interference
Every day we learn more about the role Russian state-led hacking and information warfare played in the 2016 election, and there are crucial unanswered questions about the relationship between the Russian state and our current leadership. The legitimacy of the United States government hinges on the answers to these questions. If the President was elected even in part due to collusion with a foreign effort to interfere in our democratic process, then the will of the people has been subverted.
the "change the channel challenge"
We believe that one of the greatest challenges facing our democracy today is the prevalence of hyperpartisan propaganda masquerading as news, particularly on Fox News. The frustration of even Fox News viewers is growing as they come to believe that no sources of information can be trusted. We are working to develop tools and join with others who are trying to help Americans differentiate between reliable, fact-checked news and dishonest propaganda.
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
At the same time that propaganda has poisoned trust in government, the White House has been gradually rescinding permission to record briefings; the President has called many traditional news outlets "the enemy of the American People"; and television reporters were recently stopped from recording in Senate hallways. Freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment and is crucial to the proper functioning of our democracy. It is under threat.
CORRUPTION, LOBBYING & CAMPAIGN FINANCES
As income equality has skyrocketed in America and around the world, the influence of money in American politics has also increased exponentially, essentially giving more voting power to the wealthy. This is anti-democratic and immoral.
We believe that in order to effectively protect democracy we must also stand up for those whose rights have historically been most under attack. We support Black Lives Matter. We are feminists who believe that women's rights are human rights. We believe that love is love. We believe that church and state must remain separate and that no religion should be endorsed or maligned by the U.S. government. We believe that the growing disparities in wealth and income hurt democracy. We continue to work on all of these issues as part of our fight to protect American democracy.
WE AREN'T ALONE
Many people around the country share our passion about these issues. Learn more about the organizations we support.