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Democracy Happy Hour - Shared screen with gallery view
Libby Carr
Libby Carr - Bothell
David Gordon
David Gordon, Fremont
Ron Leslie
Ron Leslie Shoreline WA
Paul Tabayoyon
Paul Tabayoyon Yakima
myrna B
Myrna Bravo from Kirkland
Jane Brenneman
Jane Brenneman from Spokane
Carol Sullivan Mount Vernon
Carol - Mount Vernon - Skagit LWV Action & Advocacy group
Leona Hassing
Leona Hassing Pasco
David Gordon
concerned about Twitter/Facebook kicking others off such as us
Vivian Korneliussen
Vivian Korneliussen from Shoreline
Cindy Madigan,Bellingham
Cindy Madigan, Bellingham
Barbara Klein
Think of that..... she was elected 100 years exactly after women won the vote.
Sharon Abreu
A new reality show!
Sharon Abreu
From prison???
Sharon Abreu
Hi from Orcas Island!!
Sharon Abreu
Swamp thing
Liz Tennant
Hi from Seattle. According to the Biden press conference Trump left Biden a personal note that was very gracious.
Michael Otten
Interesting that he didn't pardon self or family....
Michael S
It wouldn't help them with State charges.
Barbara Klein
Realize that all pardons do not need to be 'public' - some may be 'secret'. I don't know WHAT that means, or when they would be 'used.'
Michael Otten
No, but it would have protected him from the IRS, I guess?
Michael Otten
How easy are extradition laws from Florida to NY?
Michael S
If he were to be prosecuted criminally. The IRS can also pursue delinquent taxes civilly.
karen frances
Did Trump Walk Into a Trap? – Wilkerson and Jay
karen frances
Sharon Abreu
I read some concern expressed about Biden himself potentially using it as an excuse to further prohibit protests.
Michael Otten
I agree that vigilance against excessive intelligence for fear of domestic terrorism is a double edged sword.
Sharon Abreu
Declare a National Climate Emergency and institute a Green New Deal framework to create new jobs across the country in energy efficiency retrofitting, among other jobs.
Jason Sears
^^ yes, please!
Barbara Klein
RE: green jobs, etc. Install UBI (Universal Basic Income) for those who work in oil / coal to allow them to stop working in these fields.
Sharon Abreu
Sharon Abreu
Barbara, that would be good, and also protect their retirement benefits and pensions - part of a “Just Transition”, and also offer continuing education.
Cindy Black
In the News & Election Links:Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, pleads for unity in inaugural address to a divided nation - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joe-biden-sworn-in/2021/01/20/13465c90-5a7c-11eb-a976-bad6431e03e2_story.htmlKamala Harris sworn into history - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kamala-harris-sworn-in/2021/01/20/a184a12e-5aa9-11eb-b8bd-ee36b1cd18bf_story.htmlAs Trump exits Washington, he tells modest crowd, ‘We will be back in some form’ - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-leaves-white-house/2021/01/20/bb561da4-5a9e-11eb-b8bd-ee36b1cd18bf_story.htmlHours before leaving office, Trump undoes one of the only measures he took to ‘drain the swamp’ - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-lobbying-executive-order/2021/01/20/4a2afd16-5ae9-11eb-a976-bad6431e03e2_story.html‘A hack job,’ ‘outright lies’: Trump commission’s ‘1776 Report’ outrages historians - https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/01/19/1776-report-historians-trump/
Cindy Black
The democracy Trump leaves behind: His 7 most serious tests of the system - https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/trump-threat-to-democracySelf-styled militia members planned on storming the U.S. Capitol days in advance of Jan. 6 attack, court documents say - https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/conspiracy-oath-keeper-arrest-capitol-riot/2021/01/19/fb84877a-5a4f-11eb-8bcf-3877871c819d_story.htmlFBI probing if foreign governments, groups funded extremists who helped execute Capitol attack - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/fbi-probing-if-foreign-governments-groups-funded-extremists-who-helped-n1254525The Capitol Insurrection and White Supremacist Infiltration of U.S. Police - https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2021/01/19/capitol-insurrection-police-white-supremacy/
Cindy Black
US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/13/us-police-use-of-force-protests-black-lives-matter-far-rightThe Capitol riot wasn't a fringe 'uprising'. It was enabled by very deep pockets - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/18/the-capitol-riot-wasnt-a-fringe-uprising-it-was-enabled-by-very-deep-pocketsThe assault on the US Capitol opens a new chapter in domestic terrorism - https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/01/19/the-assault-on-the-u-s-capitol-opens-a-new-chapter-in-domestic-terrorism/The Long Prologue to the Capitol Hill Riot - https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-long-prologue-to-the-capitol-hill-riot
Cindy Black
Republicans Are Using Capitol Breach as Excuse to Promote Anti-Protest Bills - https://truthout.org/articles/republicans-are-using-capitol-breach-as-excuse-to-promote-anti-protest-bills/ACLU Warns a Domestic War on Terror Could Unfairly Harm People of Color More Than White Supremacists - https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/19/capitol_insurrection_new_domestic_terrorism_lawsMisinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump and some allies - https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/16/misinformation-trump-twitter/Census battle ends as Trump administration gives up on excluding undocumented from apportionment - https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/census-battle-ends-as-trump-administration-gives-up-on-excluding-undocumented-from-apportionment/2021/01/16/bd17025c-57ba-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html
Sharon Abreu
I can’t read WaPo articles because I won’t subscribe. They hurt Bernie Sanders and promoted all the wars. I won’t pay to read their articles.
Cindy Black
Voting rights advocates claim multiple spots on 'top feminists' list - https://thefulcrum.us/feminist-movementKemp: Photo ID requirements for absentee ballots ‘front and center’ this year - https://www.ajc.com/politics/kemp-photo-id-requirements-for-absentee-ballots-front-and-center-this-year/6LXZHEUZKJEVVILOVZORQDYAOI/The Biden Administration’s Opportunity for Change - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/biden-administrations-opportunity-changeROCK BOTTOM FOR DEMOCRACY SHOULD FOCUS AMERICANS ON ELECTION REFORMS - https://www.sightline.org/2021/01/12/rock-bottom-for-democracy-should-focus-americans-on-election-reformsDEMOCRATS HAVE THE SENATE, HOUSE, AND WHITE HOUSE. WHAT SHOULD THEY DO? - https://www.sightline.org/2021/01/12/democrats-have-the-senate-house-and-white-house-what-should-they-do
Cindy Black
Biden to ban special bonuses for appointees, expand lobbying prohibitions in new ethics rules - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-ethics-administration/2021/01/18/56a9a97a-59bd-11eb-a976-bad6431e03e2_story.htmlSenate Democrats Announce First Order Of Business For New Majority: Fixing Democracy - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/senate-democrats-for-the-people-act_n_600756f7c5b697df1a09b3bf?ri18n=true&ncid=newsltushpmgnewsS 1, For the People Act of 2021 - https://www.democrats.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SIMPLE-SECTION-BY-SECTION_S.-11.pdfHow the Capitol Riot Is Affecting Corporate Political Spending - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-capitol-riot-affecting-corporate-political-spending
Cindy Black
Lawmakers who objected to election results have been cut off from 20 of their 30 biggest corporate PAC donors - https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/01/19/gop-corporate-pac-funding/Impact of corporate PAC promises may be limited - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2021/01/corporate-pac-promises-symbolicCompanies Pause PACs While Fighting Democracy Reforms - https://readsludge.com/2021/01/18/companies-pause-pacs-while-fighting-democracy-reforms/Dark-money GOP fund funneled millions of dollars to groups that pushed voter fraud claims - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/13/dark-money-gop-fund-funneled-millions-groups-that-pushed-voter-fraud-claims.htmlPlease Don’t Follow This Money - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/19/business/dealbook/supreme-court-dark-money.html
Cindy Black
Court will hear Koch-linked group’s appeal over disclosure - https://apnews.com/article/san-francisco-charles-koch-us-supreme-court-california-courts-0c61a138f17e1b5458b8fa4c602ac48cCredibility Crisis: 'Dark Money' Influence Could Soon Become a Constitutional Right - https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2021/01/12/credibility-crisis-dark-money-influence-could-soon-become-a-constitutional-right/Equal Citizens Files Alaska Suit on Super PAC Spending - https://equalcitizens.us/equal-citizens-files-alaska-suit-on-super-pac-spending/THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INTERSTATE COMPACT REQUIRES NO CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL - https://www.sightline.org/2021/01/19/the-national-popular-vote-interstate-compact-requires-no-congressional-approval/
Barbara Klein
Even if NPV Interstate Compact does NOT require congressional approval, the NPV corporation is still planning on it if necessary - and not scared of it. NPV based on constitution.
Linda Brewster
Here is our new legislation page which will tell you all you eed to know about democracy legislation state and nationally. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdefault.salsalabs.org%2FT571099e6-ca2a-441e-ba80-f137d6aa0791%2F4257cd75-9681-45e1-aa05-2867e38c9a81&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc227ba40cf704140116408d8bd7830f8%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637467671199685733%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=pjVmgIHJQ5z%2F4WY7oZVam9jeaeGPhdveKMRWib3C8ww%3D&reserved=0
Cindy Black
NEW Fix Democracy First Legislation page: https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/legislation
Linda Brewster
Nancy Maclean's book Democracy in Chains speaks about this...
Cindy Black
Democracy & Civil Liberties Links:Civil Rights vs. Civil Liberties - https://civilrights.findlaw.com/civil-rights-overview/civil-rights-vs-civil-liberties.htmlUnited States Bill of Rights - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_RightsBill of Rights Amendments - https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrightsCivil Liberties and Civil Rights - https://www.ushistory.org/gov/10.aspCivil Liberties, Democracy, and the Performance of Government Projects - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5217496_Civil_Liberties_Democracy_and_the_Performance_of_Government_ProjectsUnbundling democracy: Political rights and civil liberties - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0147596714000596
Cindy Black
How Democracy Is Undermining the Constitution and Civil Liberties - https://fee.org/articles/how-democracy-is-undermining-the-constitution-and-civil-liberties/Democracy Persists ACLU - https://www.aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/democracy-persists/Democracy, Justice, and Civil Liberties in 2021 - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/democracy-justice-and-civil-liberties-2021
Sharon Abreu
This is like a course curriculum!
Sharon Abreu
Very impressive!
Cindy Black
Sharon Abreu
I’m going to do a presentation for Code Pink on a social-emotional skills practice I teach. I could do that for FDF, too. How we communicate with other people - our ability to connect with them - is so critical, across the political aisle.
AL Walker Lynwd
How will the use of the filibuster by Senate Republicans slow down President Biden's proposed legislation? Is this just wait and see? I know only 3 reconciliation (just 51 votes) can happen a year.
Liz Tennant
Thanks so much. I have to leave. I look forward to continuing to work to strengthen voter access and fix ur democracy. Best regards, Liz T
Cindy Black
Actions, Events & Links:Next Week’s Democracy Happy Hour Topic:01/27/21 - Democracy in the U.S. Compared to Other CountriesFor the People Act - TAKE ACTION - https://declarationforamericandemocracy.org/takeaction/NEW Fix Democracy First Legislation page: https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/legislation“Eastpointe” Film Screening & Panel Discussion – Jan 18th @ 6 pm PT: https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events/democracy-lobby-week-2021Democracy Lobby Week – Feb 22-26: https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events/democracy-lobby-week-2021
AL Walker Lynwd
One duty of all our legislators, local, state, and federal is constituent service. Any of the issues we raise here can be raised with your legislator. Just contact them. Let them do the research. Share what you learn back here.
Cindy Black
“Dark Money” Film Discussion with Meaningful Movies at First Church – Feb 28th @ 12 pm PT: http://firstchurchseattle.org/meaningful-movies-at-first-church-dark-money/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a06d5cd0-fbd9-4d91-9097-8b0e85e85d9dSpeak Up School series with Delta Gamma Kappa & LWV:• 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_wFDF Donation Page - http://fixdemocracyfirst.org/donateFDF Events Page - Past Events- https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events#past-events
karen frances
Thanks all - gotta go back to work :~)
Cindy Madigan,Bellingham
break out discussions are a great idea! I've got to go though tonight. Will see you all next time. Thanks Cindy for all of your research - really appreciate it!
David Gordon
bye to everyone!