‘We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer’ – MLK. Voter Suppression Then and Now

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. on What W. E. B. Du Bois Taught Us “We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer because of the contributions a militant, passionate Black giant left behind him. — Dr. Martin L. King …

Republicans destroy citizens’ ability to run ballot initiatives

By Reid J. Epstein and Nick Corasaniti May 22, 2021, New York Times In 2008, deep-blue California banned same-sex marriage. In 2018, steadfastly conservative Arkansas and Missouri increased their minimum wage. And last year, Republican-controlled Arizona and Montana legalized recreational marijuana. These moves were all the product of ballot initiatives, a century-old fixture of American democracy that allows voters to bypass their legislatures …

Depolarizing American voters: Democrats and Republicans are equally susceptible to false attitude feedback

Thomas Strandberg, Jay A. Olson, Lars Hall, Andy Woods, Petter Johansson Published: February 5, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226799 American politics is becoming increasingly polarized, which biases decision-making and reduces open-minded debate. In two experiments, we demonstrate that despite this polarization, a simple manipulation can make people express and endorse less polarized views about competing political candidates. In Study 1, we approached 136 …

H.R.1 Fact Sheet

H.R. 1 FACT SHEET CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTIONS  Improve Access –H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at institutional barriers to voting, including cumbersome voter registration systems, disenfranchisement and limited voting hours. H.R. 1 will create automatic voter registration across the country, ensure that individuals who have completed felony sentences have their full voting rights restored, expand …

Climate mattered for three-quarters of voters in Nov 2020

https://www.climatepower2020.org/resources/biden-is-already-acting/ In exit polls, Morning Consult found 3-in-4 Biden voters said addressing climate change was very important in deciding who they voted for in the presidential race, and both CNN and NBC News found that two-thirds of voters think climate change is a serious problem. Even FOX News found that 72% of voters are concerned about climate and 70% of voters favor increasing government spending on green and renewable energy. …

Working people, young, and POC delivered victory + Florida became the eighth state to pass a $15 minimum wage, Arizona voted to increase taxes on the wealthy to fund public schools, CO approved 12 weeks of paid family leave.

Sen. Nina Turner in the Washington Post: Working people — Black, Brown and White families making under $100,000, along with the vast majority of young people — delivered Biden his victory. Not only did they vote for him in overwhelming numbers, they also knocked on doors, made calls and carried out the hard work of democracy during a pandemic. These voters are …

End minority rule

Oct 23, 2020, NYT, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Mr. Levitsky and Mr. Ziblatt are political scientists and the authors of “How Democracies Die.” The Trump presidency has brought American democracy to the breaking point. The president has encouraged violent extremists; deployed law enforcement and other public institutions as weapons against rivals; and undermined the integrity of elections through false claims of …

Even amidst the pandemic, economic crisis, and Trump’s daily tirades, climate remained a top-tier issue for voters. And large numbers of Republicans also said they were concerned about the crisis. Fox News exit poll on election night found 70 percent of voters support increased government spending on green and renewable energy.

And a higher percentage with these views may have voted by mail! Also see https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/how-black-voters-key-cities-helped-deliver-election-joe-biden-n1246980 By Jamie Henn With Donald Trump defeated and Joe Biden declared president-elect, the climate movement is already engaged in a fierce discussion about how to move policy forward in the Biden era, especially if Mitch McConnell manages to maintain his control of the Senate. But the …