True Democracy

I’ve long had a replica of the Declaration of Independence, but it recently broke in two.  Our democracy is likewise broken. The former president and his supporters refuse to accept their loss in a free and fair election, and violently tried to overthrow the results.

America’s democracy has evolved from a few wealthy and white Founding Fathers to include all adult citizens today. Our nation’s demographics are changing with minorities gaining political power. Sadly, the GOP is trying to turn the clock back a century. Voter suppression disenfranchises people of color, and laws are again being passed in the same states that had racist Jim Crow laws. Democracy is in danger from enemies foreign and domestic. Most Americans want to go forward, not backwards.

We must quickly create a true democracy that truly represents the “Will of the People.” 

It will take a non-violent tsunami of People Power to overcome Jim Crow 2.0 and save our democracy. Sonoma County CA had more than a 90% voter turnout, which could be the goal nationally. All elections should allow voting by mail, and be run and counted by non-partisan civil servants with a paper trail for recounts. Automatic registration of adult citizens, a national election day holiday and rank choice voting would raise participation.

Our political system has from the beginning been dominated by business interests, from Hamilton to the Gilded Age to today’s corporate lobbyists. Money has always corrupted our political system, and most political systems. Large contributions influence politicians to pass laws that benefit their major donors rather than the majority. Corrupt Congress fully funds the military industrial complex and subsidizes Big Oil and Big Ag, but then underfunds schools and the programs that help millions of struggling Americans.

This corruption has led to endless wars that suck up half of our tax dollars, while fossil fuels are causing climate calamities. Investors make money by driving all of us towards the dystopian cliff of nuclear war and ecosystem, food and societal collapse. Look up!

The next evolution of our democracy should be to ban non-citizens such as corporations and PACs from funding our political system. Registered voters could contribute, within financial limits and with disclosures. Only citizens would participate in a true republic.

This might be utopian, but so was the idea of a democracy in 1776. Our democracy has come a long way since then, and we now have a black woman VP and Latinx senators.

Get involved in any way that you can! Become an advocate on local, state, national or global issues. People should speak up for nature, or if they see an injustice. Organize with others, run for office, and vote like democracy and maybe our lives depend on it.

American Promise exists to empower, inspire, and organize Americans to win the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

This lasting reform will re-balance our politics and government by putting the rights of individual citizens before the privileges of concentrated money, corporations, unions, political parties, and superPACs.

The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice.   

Today, we are in a great fight for the future of constitutional democracy in the United States. We are committed to the rule of law. We work to craft and advance a transformative reform agenda — solutions that aim to make American democracy work for all.

To be truly of, by, and for the people, government must reflect everyone it serves. We’re all better off when people from all walks of life participate in self-governance. Every American wants and deserves a voice in shaping the future for our families and communities. We believe democracy is how a free society resolves its differences. And in order to do that well, we must all agree the process is fair, produces equitable outcomes, and reflects our communities, our values, and our priorities. Nobody wins all the time, but if the process is fair, at least we can trust it.

Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet.

We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to people, not the other way around—a world where every person has access to clean water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.

We elect Democratic pro-choice women to office.

Our vision is a government that reflects the people it serves, and decision makers who genuinely and enthusiastically fight for greater opportunity and better lives for the Americans they represent. We will work for larger leadership roles for Democratic pro-choice women in our legislative bodies and executive seats so that our families can benefit from the open-minded, productive contributions that women have consistently made in office.

Our Mission: To fix our democracy by getting big money out of politics and protecting the right to vote. We will work to end our rigged political system by electing reform champions, passing meaningful legislative reforms, and elevating these issues in the national conversation. We will work in partnership with these champions to overturn Citizens United, end the unlimited and undisclosed money in politics, and protect and expand the right to vote.

MoveOn is where millions mobilize for a better society—one where everyone can thrive.

Whether it’s supporting a candidate, passing legislation, or changing our culture, MoveOn members are committed to an inclusive and progressive future. We envision a world marked by equality, sustainability, justice, and love. And we mobilize together to achieve it.

People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.

Progressive Turnout Project is the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy.

Our mission: rally Democrats to vote.

Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people – not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.

The Freedom Archives is a non-profit educational archive located in San Francisco dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical audio, video, and print materials documenting progressive movements and culture from the 1960s to the 1990s. Offering a youth development program focused on engagement with these historical materials and providing media production training, we also produce original documentaries and educational resources for use by schools and organizations as tools for community building and social justice work.

Vote Smart’s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.