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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/
David Gordon
David Gordon, Fremont
Tim White
Topic suggestion: Failure of Ranked-Choice Voting yesterday in WA state House.
Sue Porter
Sue Porter, Seattle, Duwamish land
John Dunne
Joy and John Dunne are in Bellingham WA
Jim Wavada
I’m total newbie. What is Fix Democracy and is it affiliated with a larger organization I might recognize. I got here by virtue of a random email, so I know nothing about. Fix Democracy. You can respond later by email.
Linda Brewster
No matter how cynical I get I can't keep up - Lily Tomlin.
Catherine Chambers-B'ham, Lummi & Nooksack
Biden also signed an exec order establishing a Gender Policy Council
Arnold Byron PCO Mount Vernon Dems
Mount Vernon -- Swinomish, I think
Rebecca Wolfe
Rebecca Wolfe, Snohomish-Tulalip lands
Ken Dammand
There is a great book on the effect of people's loss of trust in government and its effects on the future of democracy. It is "The End of Authority," by Douglas Schoen.
Rebecca Wolfe
One of the great things about this weekly gathering is being provided so many resources like “Wired,” “Crooked,” “Esquire,” and so many more. Thank you for so much researching, Cindy.
Rebecca Wolfe
“The well wed, the well fed, the well bred, and the well read” — these were our founders.
Dan Lewinski
Dan Lewinski - Tulalip, Skagit, Stillaguamish, Coastal Salish
Rebecca Wolfe
Justice Thomas’s conflict of interests are astounding. His wife is a hard-right, extreme-right activist and likely influences him on some of our most important issues.
Cindy Black
In the News & Election Links:Federal judge says states acted too late to ratify Equal Rights Amendment - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/federal-judge-says-states-acted-too-late-ratify-equal-rights-n1259783House Approves Major Election Reform And Voting Rights Bill - https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/972568115/house-approves-major-election-and-campaign-finance-reform-billTargeting State Restrictions, House Passes Landmark Voting Rights Expansion - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/us/politics/house-voting-rights-bill.htmlBiden signs executive order promoting voting rights on 56th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-voting-bloody-sunday-order/2021/03/07/ce45b082-7f60-11eb-9ca6-54e187ee4939_story.htmlFact Sheet: President Biden to Sign Executive Order to Promote Voting Access - https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/07/fact-sheet-president-biden-to-sign-executive-order-to-promote-voting-access/
Cindy Black
Nationwide push for voting restrictions barrels forward - https://thefulcrum.us/voting/georgia-voting-2651006676Georgia’s Proposed Voting Restrictions Will Harm Black Voters Most - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/georgias-proposed-voting-restrictions-will-harm-black-voters-mostLatino voting rights group sues to block new Iowa voting regulations - https://missoulacurrent.com/government/2021/03/latino-voting-rights-group/The real reason Republicans keep saying the election was stolen - https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2021/3/8/22319803/stolen-election-don-rose-h-r-1Killing The Filibuster Could Be America’s One Shot To Protect Voting Rights - https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2021/3/8/22319803/stolen-election-don-rose-h-r-1
Cindy Black
Biden won’t embrace filibuster reforms even as the rest of his party does - https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/08/biden-filibuster-reform-474503Pressure grows on Biden to end the filibuster - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-kill-the-filibuster/2021/03/05/09c0d774-7857-11eb-8115-9ad5e9c02117_story.htmlReport: U.S. contributes to ongoing decline of freedom worldwide - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/freedom-house-reportWhat Went Right in the 2020 Election - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/08/technology/what-went-right-in-the-2020-election.htmlCorporations Can't Have It Both Ways on Voting Rights - https://crooked.com/articles/corporations-voting-rights/
Cindy Black
The Political Advertising Black Box Must Be Destroyed - https://www.wired.com/story/opinion-the-political-advertising-black-box-must-be-destroyed/If Democracy Gets Money-Whipped This Time Around, It May Never Rise Again - https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a35769841/conservative-groups-oppose-hr-1/Our government system was designed to fail, and has worked spectacularly - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/majority-ruleWhy basic math needs to be central to the study of democracy and politics - https://thefulcrum.us/civic-ed/math-and-democracyThe Supreme Court Needs to Show Its Work - https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/03/supreme-court-needs-show-its-work/618238/Everything you need to know about Democracy Vouchers - https://iexaminer.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-democracy-vouchers/WA looking at ranked-choice voting among election reform ideas - https://crosscut.com/politics/2021/03/wa-looking-ranked-choice-voting-among-election-reform-ideas
Cindy Black
Democracy Nerd Podcast – Seattle Clean Campaigns - https://democracynerd.us/episode/seattles-clean-campaignsCivics for Adults - To Enhance Civic Knowledge & Inspire Political Engagement - https://www.civicthinker.info/Women’s Representation: Accelerating the Pace of Change Toward Women’s Equality - https://msmagazine.com/2021/03/05/womens-representation-accelerating-the-pace-of-change-toward-womens-equality/
Cindy Black
Cindy Black
DFAD - https://dfadcoalition.org/
Tim White
RCV bill lost this year because of Sec Wyman's vigorous opposition, resulting in a de facto "filibuster" on state House floor by opponents she rallied to file dozens of pointless & zero-chance amendments to other bills. All such "floor amendments" must be read & debated by the House as a whole. Twenty bills with majority support, including RCV, were denied a floor vote by minority opponents who ran out the clock slow-walking the bills that did make it to the Floor. Other takes on this issue?
Fiona Murray
They passed out of one chamber and are onto the next
Kevin Jones
Warnock is up for re-election in GA in 2022
Fiona Murray
Stacy Abrams was on the Sway podcast recently - good interview
Cindy Black
Fair Fight - https://fairfight.com/
Kevin Jones
Link to Stacy Abrams on Sway: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/opinion/sway-kara-swisher-stacey-abrams.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
Cindy Black
Petition: Demand the Senate pass the For the People Act and rebuild our democracy - https://actionnetwork.org/letters/sign-and-send-the-petition-demand-the-senate-pass-the-for-the-people-act-and-rebuild-our-democracy?source=direct_link&referrer=group-fixdemocracyfirst
Ken Dammand
Frontline episode about an incredibly brave journalist, Maria Ressa, who has stood up to Deuterte in the Phillipines. Every Trump supporter should see this to understand the threat he continues to present. Link: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/announcement/frontline-streaming-athousandcuts-philippines-maria-ressa/?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ICYMI&utm_content=19xxxx
David Gordon
let's all sign the letter now for H.R. 1 . See Cindy's post just 2 above thie. I just signed.
Jennifer Calvert
When we use the link for sending the petition to our senators re: For the People, we have to choose a topic. What if there really isn’t a good topic to choose in these cases?
Linda Brewster
Thanks David Gordon, will do!
David Gordon
I don't think the subject matters, but I put "nominations" and "elections".
Cindy Black
Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour Topics:03/17/21 - Social Media's Impact on Democracy03/27/21 - Foreign Influence in U.S. Democracy03/31/21 - Campaign Finance ReformPetition: Demand the Senate pass the For the People Act and rebuild our democracy - https://actionnetwork.org/letters/sign-and-send-the-petition-demand-the-senate-pass-the-for-the-people-act-and-rebuild-our-democracy?source=direct_link&referrer=group-fixdemocracyfirstFDF Legislation Page - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/legislation
Norm Conrad
Comcast -- talking about corporations talking one game but walking a completely different one.
Cindy Black
Speak Up School Series with Delta Kappa Gamma & LWVWA:• 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 PT –https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v7Qjq2ccQsi2z-rUMZN0ewWomen in Leadership Events• A Conversation On Women’s Political Leadership – March 18th @ 3 pm PT –https://reflect.us/conversation-womens-political-leadership/• WA State Conversation on Representation of Women in Political Leadership –https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Cxb9CVZkSzO0Dtifc7zywAFDF Events Page - Past Events- https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events#past-eventsFDF Donation Page - http://fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate
Pamela Ng
Tim White
GP researchers point out that under HR-1 provisions to get money out of politics via public financing, no indie, third party or lesser D/R pres candidate of the last 50 years would have qualified for matching funds.Only the major D/R candidates will get public money.HR-1 quintuples how much a candidate must raise (across 20 diff states) to qualify for public funding.HR-1 increases the public dollar match from 1-to-1 to six times what the major candidate raises.HR-1 eliminates the spending cap on additional private corporate money raised by a candidate who accepts public funds.No HR-1 drafters consulted Seattle's Voucher Program founders or administrators. Big mistake.These are the GP objections. GP calls for Senate amending HR-1, not throwing it away. Many other good things.
Norm Conrad
Although, Thomas Jefferson proposed giving all males, including hoped for freed slaves, something like acres so that they could be voters.
Norm Conrad
25 acres.
Linda Brewster
Norm Conrad I didn't know that!
Linda Brewster
Thank you Tim White for that information!
Norm Conrad
I believe that proposal was made while VA official. Another thing that is not publicly known is the TJ's Declaration was quite a bit longer than what we know. The Congress cut out the last 1/4 which was a denunciation of slavery.
Cindy Black
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Democracy Links:Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - https://www.lwv.org/league-management/dei-resources/defining-diversity-equity-and-inclusionDEI Lens - https://www.lwv.org/league-management/dei-resources/dei-lensWhy diversity is vital to keeping American democracy healthy - https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/04/14/why-diversity-is-vital-keeping-american-democracy-healthy/Reforming American Democracy in Pursuit of Racial Equity - https://www.newamerica.org/political-reform/blog/reforming-american-democracy-pursuit-racial-equity/Why liberty depends on political equality - https://www.abc.net.au/religion/political-equality-and-american-democracy/10581912
Cindy Black
Fairness, Equality, and Democracy: Three Big Words - https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/2640592Imagining Fairness: Equality and Equity of Access in Search of Democracy - http://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/oitp/publications/infocommons0204/schementEquality and diversity in democracy: how can we democratize inclusively? - https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/EDI-04-2016-0030/full/htmlWhy We Need Inclusive Nationalism - https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/why-we-need-inclusive-nationalism/SUPPORTING DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN JOURNALISM - https://democracyfund.org/idea/supporting-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-in-journalism/Equity, Participation, and Power: Achieving Health Justice Through Deep Democracy - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1073110520958863Leading with meaning: Why diversity, equity, and inclusion matters in U. S. higher education - https://journals.ufs.ac.za/index.php/pie/article/view/4521
Deborah Olive
Which other meetings do you have in mind for young people?
Rebecca Wolfe
Tonight Stacy Abrams will be on Rachel Maddow’s program (6 and 9 p.m.).
Carol Miller
I just received the Humane Report (something like that) on how legislators have voted on all the animal protection legislature. For the younger audience.
Tim White
Yes to Ken's point on democracy decline. "The solution to bad democracy is more democracy."
Carol Miller
It’s called the Humanity Report put out by a national reporting org.
Cindy Black
Arnold Byron PCO Mount Vernon Dems
I feel strongly that overpopulation is the generator of nearly all of the existential problems mankind is fighting. I have heard high school girls say in public that they are afraid to have children. What do you think?