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Indivisible Launches For The People Project to 'Unrig Our Democracy and Make it Work for All'

"We're holding nothing back as we work to make D.C. the 51st state, protect the rights of voters, and root out corruption in our government."

A Rolling Rebellion protest in Seattle on February 25, 2015. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc)

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc)

In the wake of its second guide for grassroots organizing, Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Fixing Our Democracy, the Indivisible movement recently announced the launch of its For The People Project, which it calls "a campaign to push key senators and members of Congress forward on critical reforms." 

"This Congress might be the last chance Democrats have to fix our democracy, before state Republicans ram through new voting restrictions and anti-democratic laws at every level of government."
—Meagan Hatcher-Mays, 
Indivisible

"To dislodge the entrenched power of the wealthy, white, conservative minority we need to fix the broken Senate, unrig our courts, and take away [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell's scythe as the legislative grim reaper by eliminating the Jim Crow filibuster," Indivisible explains on its website. "All of this can be done with simple legislation passed by Congress on a majority vote and signed into law by President [Joe] Biden." 

The goals of the For The People Project are: 

  • Making Washington, D.C. a state by passing H.R. 51;
  • Expanding voting rights, fighting corruption, and building a more participatory electoral process by passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act; and
  • Ending the Senate filibuster.

Indivisible calls the three bills "the cornerstones of the necessary reforms we need to unrig our democracy and make it work for all." The group is calling on all concerned citizens to contact their members of Congress and ask them to vote yes on the measures. The House is set to vote on H.R. 1 on Wednesday. 

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In service of these objectives, Indivisible says it is spending $330,000 on digital and radio ads in the home states of Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). In the coming weeks, Indivisible will also spend $75,000 on billboards targeting key senators, $35,000 on full-page newspaper ads, and $46,000 on support for grassroots activists, including producing American flags with 51 stars in support of D.C. statehood. 

In a statement Wednesday announcing the new campaign, Meagan Hatcher-Mays, director of democracy policy for Indivisible, said that "grassroots activists are energized and focused on taking advantage of the new Democratic trifecta and doing the urgent work necessary to heal our democracy and build a more representative government. But we can't do anything until we get rid of the filibuster."

"Republicans have had the opportunity to support structural democracy reforms," Hatcher-Mays continued, "but they won't, because they're quite pleased with the status quo, which insulates them from political consequences despite their policies being historically unpopular, and grants them the ability to rule over the majority of Americans despite regularly receiving tens of millions of fewer votes than Democrats."

"This Congress might be the last chance Democrats have to fix our democracy, before state Republicans ram through new voting restrictions and anti-democratic laws at every level of government," she added. "We're holding nothing back as we work to make D.C. the 51st state, protect the rights of voters, and root out corruption in our government."

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