Newsletter 03: So Many Options for Action!

August, 2019

DEMOCRACY ACTION NATIONALLY

If you have a passion for national reform or a specific change, below are just a few of the hundreds of organizations that would love your support. ReclaimtheAmericanDream.org lists dozens more under the headings listed here. If you don’t find your magic at Reclaim the American Dream, Bridge Alliance is another site listing dozens of democracy reform organizations.

  • 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 right of individual citizens before the privileges of concentrated money, corporations, unions, political parties and superPACs. Join American Promise Here.
  • Issue One is bringing Republicans, Democrats, and independents together to win game-changing political reform. Sign-up today for email updates on how you can make your voice heard and demand political reforms that put the voices of everyday people over the big money special interests. Join Issue One to Fix Our Democracy First.
  • The National Vote at Home Institute is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring the security of our elections and putting voters’ needs first and both improve voter engagement and reduce election costs. To join our email list and stay informed as this voting model increases in popularity, sign up to join Vote at Home Here.
  • RepresentUs is the nation’s leading right-left anti-corruption group, bringing together conservatives, progressives and everyone in between to pass anti-corruption laws in cities and states around the country. Keep the momentum going from Unrig and Join RepresentUs to take action here.
  • Unite America is a national movement of Democrats, Republicans, and independents who are committed to bridging the growing partisan divide in order to tackle our largest challenges and leave a better country for future generations. Join Unite America Here.

THE BADASS GRANDMAS MOVEMENT

We of a certain age have seen far better times for democracy. We have benefitted enormously from the work of our foremothers on suffrage and equal rights. We need to pay it forward. That’s the itch you’ve been feeling to DO something.

You can bring the democracy conversation to your neighbors, your club, your coffee group, or your community by inviting the BadAss Grandmas who led the ND fight for Measure 1, now Article XIV, to share the story and answer questions about how things have changed and what citizens can do. Strictly non-partisan, respectful, and flexible. And fun. Always fun. Free in ND, expenses only elsewhere.  Reply to this email or call/text 701.595.0667.

NORTH DAKOTA ETHICS COMMISSION COMES TO LIFE

North Dakota’s first Ethics Commission has members. They are from Williston, Bismarck, Fort Totten, Oakes, and Fargo. They are a mayor, a National Guard general, a college president, a judge, and an attorney. Four men, one woman. They will have their first meeting sometime after September 1. Since the Ethics Commission is in the Constitution, the members have full authority to exercise their best judgment about how to do what the Constitution charges them with doing. That may be controversial sometimes. BadAss Grandmas support their good-faith efforts to implement the Constitution’s Article XIV.

Meanwhile, the legislature’s interim Judiciary Committee will be drafting new laws for their version of Article XIV, focusing on Sections 1 and 2, which deal with transparency and limiting the impact of money in politics. Their first meeting is September 25 at the Capitol. The bill legislators passed in the 2019 session had a number of flaws and violations of Article XIV. We need to help them “get their minds right.” 

You can monitor and support efforts to ensure that Article XIV comes to life in government as intended, not as bent by the powers-that-be who worked against it. Here is a website that will have current information and action requests about the Ethics Commission and the interim Judiciary Committee.