“Recess Can Wait; Our Democracy Can’t”

This week, the Declaration for American Democracy (DFAD) coalition and 22 of its member organizations released statements calling on Congress to delay its August recess to pass the For The People Act. “One of the major tenets of a fully functioning democracy is that the public interest, not special interests, guide decision-making,” said DFAD director… Read more

The Battle for Democracy in Texas

In the wake of the contentious 2020 election, state legislatures have proposed nearly 400 bills designed to restrict voting rights. Some states, like Georgia and Florida, have succeeded in passing legislation that primarily disenfranchises communities of color. And then there’s Texas, the current battleground state for voting rights. Back up. What’s happening in Texas? It’s… Read more

President Biden Urges Democracy Reform in Address to Congress

President Biden made his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, the eve of his 100th day in office. His remarks were wide-ranging, from addressing COVID to promoting landmark measures on job growth and equity. But he saved the end of his speech to discuss America’s heart and soul – our… Read more

Want to Improve Your Health? Stand Up for Democracy!

If you’re a part of the Stampede, you already know that grassroots movements are good for the health of our democracy. But did you know they’re also good for your personal health? Numerous studies have shown that civic engagement and activism have positive effects on our physical and mental well-being. For example, people who feel… Read more

To Protect Democracy, The Senate Must Pass The For The People Act

The For The People Act is headed towards an epic showdown in the Senate. Last week, Georgia’s legislature passed a sweeping bill to restrict voting rights following a surge in Black voter turnout in November and January. Under the false claim of “combatting voter fraud,” the new law requires photo ID for absentee ballots, allows… Read more

VICTORY: House Passes For The People Act

BREAKING NEWS: Last night, in a vote of 220-210, the House passed the For The People Act (H.R. 1), bringing us one step closer to getting big money OUT of our politics and voters IN! But we’re not done yet. H.R. 1 is now on its way to the Senate for a vote. Call your… Read more

2020 Election Most Expensive in History

In a year of spectacular firsts, America outdid itself again in the realm of campaign finance. Spending in the 2020 election reached $14.4 billion, more than doubling the record set in 2016. According to OpenSecrets, a number of additional records comprise this whopping $14.4 billion total: President Biden’s campaign became the first presidential campaign to… Read more

It’s Not Over Yet: House Re-Introduces the For The People Act

A new session of Congress kicked off with the introduction of For The People Act (H.R.1), a landmark bill designed to fix our broken political system, including campaign finance, voting rights, and public accountability. The bill was introduced on January 4th by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland and co-sponsored by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and… Read more