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Cindy Black
In the News & Election Links:Interactive Map Reveals Which Indigenous Lands You’re Living On - https://mymodernmet.com/interactive-map-indigenous-lands/ - Native Land - https://native-land.ca/Trump impeachment trial: What verdict means for Trump, Biden and America - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56057849After the attack, government's 'first branch' struggles to keep from breaking - https://thefulcrum.us/insurrection-at-capitolUS States Take Aim at Protesters’ Rights - https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/16/us-states-take-aim-protesters-rights#
David Gordon
David Gordon, Fremont, Seattle
Kit Muehlman
Hi Everyone, Kit Muehlman from Bellingham
Carol Sullivan
I’ve had the same experience contacting for Democracy Lobby Week. Quite a process!
Darrell Johnson
Darrell Johnson. Fox Island
myrna B
hi, Myrna from Kirkland
Lynn Campbell
Lynn Campbell Mount Vernon, Wa Skagit County
Tom Slyter
Tom Slyter 257th PCO Port Orchard WA
Cindy Black
Interactive Map Reveals Which Indigenous Lands You’re Living On - https://mymodernmet.com/interactive-map-indigenous-lands/ - Native Land - https://native-land.ca/
Carol Sullivan Skagit LWV Mount Vernon
Carol Sullivan from Mount Vernon
Leona Hassing
Leona Hassing from Pasco
Glenn Dreyfuss
Glenn Dreyfuss, Redmond
Tony Wilson Olympia
could we have a moment of silence or something for Rush Limbaugh?
Tony Wilson Olympia
toung in cheek
Minda Rae Amiran
Minda Rae Amiran from Bellingham
Tony Wilson Olympia
Peggy Ratermann
Peggy Ratermann from Burlington
Arnold Byron
Arnold Byron -- Hello from Mount Vernon
AL Walker Lynnwood
Gerrymandering = When politicians pick their voters.
Floyd Kershner
Pass HR1!!
Darrell Johnson
For an excellent discussion of voter suppression and gerrymandering, read Stacey Abrams “Our Time Is Now”
Linda Brewster
We have a book and film section on our website fixdemocracyfirst.org so check it out and if a book or film you like isn't on there, send us your book and comments!
Kit Muehlman
How do we find our if our congress representative supports HR1?
Floyd Kershner
Kit do you know what district you live in?
Kevin Jones
ASK: Since HR1, HR4 and I expect HR51 cannot pass without a 60 "yea" vote in the US Senate, and there are at least two US Senators standing in the way of removing the filibuster, are there strategies for removing the filibuster to enable these pieces of legislation to pass into law?
Terri Bates
Look up on https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1
Terri Bates
Co-sponsor tab
AL Walker Lynnwood
Ask your Congress Representative if they support HR1. Who Is My Representative? is answered at https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Cindy Black
Trump impeachment trial: What verdict means for Trump, Biden and America - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56057849After the attack, government's 'first branch' struggles to keep from breaking - https://thefulcrum.us/insurrection-at-capitolUS States Take Aim at Protesters’ Rights - https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/16/us-states-take-aim-protesters-rights#Restricting vote by mail won't combat fraud, per conservative report - https://thefulcrum.us/voting/r-street-voting-reportWhy So Few Absentee Ballots Were Rejected In 2020 - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-so-few-absentee-ballots-were-rejected-in-2020/European monitors: US election was fair but must try harder on voting rights - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/09/us-election-osce-monitors-european-trump
Kevin Jones
Interesting concept to expand the scope of local journalism in the country: https://www.reportforamerica.org/
Cindy Black
American Democracy Is Only 55 Years Old—And Hanging by a Thread - https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/03/voting-rights-act-democracy/617792/A New Delay for Census Numbers Could Scramble Congressional Elections - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/us/us-census-figures-delay.htmlReport warns of severe gerrymandering in Southern states - https://thefulcrum.us/redistricting/partisan-gerrymandering-2650517652The GOP Cheat Code to Winning Back the House - The stakes for Democrats’ election-reform plan couldn’t be higher. - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/02/democrats-need-hr-1-and-new-vra-protect-party/617987/The Redistricting Landscape, 2021–22 - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/redistricting-landscape-2021-22
Cindy Black
Designing a Transparent and Ethical Redistricting Process: A Guide to Ensuring that the Redistricting Process is Fair, Open, and Accessible - https://campaignlegal.org/document/designing-transparent-and-ethical-redistricting-process-guide-ensuring-redistrictingNonprofit Privacy Legislation Could Hide Political Donors, Watchdog Group Says - https://listen.sdpb.org/post/nonprofit-privacy-legislation-could-hide-political-donors-watchdog-group-saysHow the Student Debt Crisis Underscores the Urgency of Campaign Finance Reform - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-student-debt-crisis-underscores-urgency-campaign-finance-reform
Cindy Black
Reform in 2021: End Citizens United sees path forward on HR 1 - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/legislation-hr-1-2650553382Momentum Grows for Bold Democracy Reform - https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2021/02/10/495607/momentum-grows-bold-democracy-reform/House to vote on HR 1 government overhaul, policing bill first week of March - https://www.rollcall.com/2021/02/16/house-to-vote-on-hr-1-government-overhaul-policing-bill-first-week-of-march/RANKED CHOICE VOTING IS COMING. HERE’S WHAT CAMPAIGNS NEED TO KNOW - https://www.campaignsandelections.com/campaign-insider/ranked-choice-voting-is-coming-here-s-what-campaigns-need-to-knowLatino Voters Have Higher Than Average Ballot Signature Rejection Rates In Washington State - https://www.invw.org/2021/02/15/latino-voters-have-higher-than-average-ballot-signature-rejection-rates-in-washington-state/
Carol Sullivan Skagit LWV Mount Vernon
Basic information from 2018 is enough to get started with the process.
Cindy Black
Seattle’s Unique Campaign Finance System Is Boosting Donor Diversity - https://readsludge.com/2021/02/11/seattles-unique-campaign-finance-system-is-boosting-donor-diversity/U.S. needs infrastructure of democracy plan - https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/u-s-needs-infrastructure-of-democracy-plan/Legislature
Cindy Black
Legislature should remove voting barrier for ex-felons - https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/legislature-should-remove-voting-barrier-for-ex-felons/
Diane Tilstra
Cindy, I commend you for this work you are doing with FDF!
Carol Sullivan Skagit LWV Mount Vernon
If you have concerns about redistricting as it exists now, you could contact either local or state LWV group and be put into a “listening session” to hear concerns. LWV WA is preparing a map to bring before the Redistricting Commission, and comments from across the state are being sought.
Cindy Black
Actions, Events & Links:Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour Topics:02/24/21 - Canceled - Join Democracy Lobby Week Citizen Initiative Review Event03/03/21 – Redistricting & GerrymanderingFDF Legislation Page - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/legislationBecoming a Democracy ROUND 2 w/ Kristin Eberhard – February 18th @ 6 pm PT - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H2Mp6r62S8qdzhRvY3adqgDemocracy Lobby Week – Feb 22-26: https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events/democracy-lobby-week-2021
Diane Tilstra
Thanks, Carol Sullivan - Great info.
Cindy Black
Speak Up School – 3-Part Series with Delta Kappa Gamma & LWVWA:• Redistricting 101 – March 2nd @ 6-8 pm PT -https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qcWptJGKQqa6UcoPyhnp9g• Orientation & Testifying Training – March 6th @ 9 am – 12:30 pm PT – https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcu2sqj8vGNRL11B5LHKr-pXfYXwmFSdy• Data Lenses – March 11th @ 6-7:30 pm PT – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gAv2IfMXQPi-29H1iuX4_w• Dave’s Redistricting App Map Drawing – March 25th @ 6-7:30 pm –https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v7Qjq2ccQsi2z-rUMZN0ew
Cindy Black
Common Power events - https://commonpower.org/eventsFDF Donation Page - http://fixdemocracyfirst.org/donateFDF Events Page - Past Events- https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events#past-events
Barbara Klein
To echo Tony's concerns, in Oregon our effort to get an independent redistricting commission on the ballot saw a lot of opposition from Democratic groups. In Oregon Dems have a trifecta.
Kit Muehlman
Here’s a big list of webinars and trainings about redistricting by LWV https://lwvwa.org/speakup
Kevin Jones
Phone bank to contact AZ voters to ask them to contact Senator Sinema to encourage her to change her mind on the US Senate filibuster, which must be removed to allow HR-1 and HR-4 to pass in the Senate: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d7ySzB3jbw9y_EM5bENgB5JfWIJq7iHmgcolshI9_JI/edit
Sue Ratner
Will you send out the links in email - I can’t save the chat?
Floyd Kershner
Sue - all links will be posted on the website
Tony Wilson Olympia
Floyd Kershner
this is me trying to help Linda
David Addicott
Thanks for sharing Investigate West and Siteline Institute )or is it Sightline Institute).
Floyd Kershner
Can we celebrate eyeman is gone!!
Floyd Kershner
AL Walker Lynnwood
My high school Civics teacher became the town's Mayor a few years later.
Pamela E
Sing it! :)
Kristi Knodell
voter education, in the form of voter pamphlets and government selection websites, are more important as an ongoing issue. voters who don't feel knowledgeable don't vote. and voter materials are often poorly written and presented.
Tony Wilson Olympia
vote while you can still vote.
AL Walker Lynnwood
To remove ads on your browser, use Firefox by Mozilla. I've used Firefox as my browser for years, with few or no ads at all.
Darrell Johnson
Regretfully, Tim Eyeman is NOT gone. He is very much involved still today.
Pamela E
this sounds like we need to improve BASIC education (can't figure out how to vote? don't know how to research the issues? only 25% of peeps can name the 3 branches of government - can that be right?? groan - wtf)
Kit Muehlman
Giving the vote at age 16 makes sense when you look into it.
Floyd Kershner
The judge ruled that tim eyeman can no longer be involved in initative activities
AL Walker Lynnwood
United States ConstitutionArticle 1 = Legislature---CongressArticle 2 = Executive---PresidentArticle 3 = Judiciary---Courts
Cindy Black
Civic Education & Impact on Democracy Links:Civic Education - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/civic-education/CITIZENSHIP – A LOST DISCIPLINE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION - https://www.theedadvocate.org/citizenship-a-lost-discipline-in-public-education/Forgotten Purpose: Civics Education in Public Schools - https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/forgotten-purpose-civics-education-public-schoolsThe State of Civics Education - https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-k-12/reports/2018/02/21/446857/state-civics-education/
Cindy Black
Federal judge rules students have no constitutional right to civics education — but warns that ‘American democracy is in peril’ - https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/10/22/federal-judge-rules-students-have-no-constitutional-right-civics-education-warns-that-american-democracy-is-peril/We can't ignore alarms about the need for civics education any longer - https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/533642-we-cant-ignore-alarms-about-the-need-for-civics-education-any-longer?rl=1Pandemic highlights the need to invest in civic education - https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/aug/01/pandemic-highlights-the-need-to-invest-in-civic-ed/
Cindy Black
Strengthening Democracy With a Modern Civics Education - https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-k-12/reports/2019/12/14/478750/strengthening-democracy-modern-civics-education/Want to Rebuild Public Trust? Focus on Civic Education - https://www.rand.org/blog/articles/2020/12/want-to-rebuild-public-trust-focus-on-civic-education.htmlOUR APPROACH TO CIVIC EDUCATION - Facing History's approach builds an ethical and engaged civic identity in young people. We integrate civic education with social-emotional learning, academic rigor, and attention to equity. - https://www.facinghistory.org/our-approach/civic-education
Cindy Black
We Need a Civic Education Evolution to Address Racial Injustice - https://www.icivics.org/news/blog-post/we-need-civic-education-evolution-address-racial-injusticeCivics for Adults - https://www.civicthinker.info/iCivics - https://www.icivics.org/YO Vote! - https://www.yo-vote.org/
AL Walker Lynnwood
The voting ageSaid the 70's sage"It's time for a new page".Eighteen became the new gauge.
Carol Sullivan Skagit LWV Mount Vernon
Russians launched Sputnik . . . we launched programs for gifted students centered around science - and like Ron says, something had to go . . . .
Pamela E
My daughter is CURRENTLY in middle school - she is highly STEM, and all of her (public, Seattle) history teachers incorporate civics education, if only to help understand what is going on in public events. It's not that NO civic eduation is taking place
Pamela E
@Carol - i have to disagree. Gifted students ARE getting civic education, too
Carol Sullivan Skagit LWV Mount Vernon
I meant as a direct response to Sputnik. Don’t know how old you are, but I experienced it directly. I
Carol Sullivan Skagit LWV Mount Vernon
This was in the late 50’s!
Peggy Ratermann
As a retired teacher, I see the new math curriculum, and I LOVE it! Students learn a deeper level of math understanding, but it does take time to learn it. You cannot just sit down and see how problem solving is done in a few minutes. So, I do like the new way of teaching math a lot. I also completely agree with thoughts about civics. It is not taught at all in elementary, and is just touched upon in Middle School.
Barbara Klein
Great info as only. Must get on another call, but appreciate all the work that goes into this - as well as the participants.
Diane Tilstra
Cindy—name of film?
Terri Bates
For good of the order... Back on civic education - LWV is trying to promote their new 3-5th grade State We're In text
Diane Tilstra
Yes it is a great film. thanks
Tony Wilson Olympia
I have to go but thank you all!
Jason Sears
If anyone would like to discuss topics other than Civic Education, please put them in the chat!
Peggy Ratermann
Thank you for such an informational meeting! Look forward to reading some of the mentioned articles.
Tom Slyter
I also have to go - thanks again for all the resources and info.
Pamela Ng
,how about both sides listening!
Lynn Campbell
Thank you all. I agree we need to do away with ageism.
Pamela E
the problem is much worse, in that 'educated' Senators, who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, and besides know better (like all of us here who don't need to swear an oath, and as all the middle schoolers I know, as well as anyone with common sense can tell you) - could tie themselves up in lies in order to NOT vote Impeachment. The Re-Education we need, is taking away broadcast rights of FOX News
Terri Bates
goodnight all
Aruna Bhuta
thank you v much !
David Gordon
thanks, Cindy! Signing off...
Jennifer Hill
Thank you!!
Pamela Ng
yes , do away with FOXX.