More than any time in living memory, the foundation of our democracy is under attack. Republican legislators at the state and federal level, modeling themselves after a corrupt, autocratic-leaning former president, are using his “big lie” as an excuse to curtail voting rights and block the wishes of the vast majority of Americans. Protecting democracy is our group’s number-one priority.
End The Filibuster
The Senate filibuster is an anti-democratic, Jim Crow-era holdover that blocks majority rule and efforts to support democracy, including ensuring honest and inclusive elections, gun reform and many other pressing issues. We elected Joe Biden to ensure our priorities are represented. In order for this to happen, the filibuster MUST GO.
Support Voting Rights
The For the People Act passed the House (HR1), but was blocked from debate in the Senate (S1) by filibuster on June 22, 2021. Federal action is needed to improve the election process, protect minority communities from further restrictions of their rights, and protect election workers from prosecution for technical infractions.
More recently, the Freedom to Vote Act, was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar and co-sponsored by Senators Raphael Warnock and Joe Manchin, among others. It covers the most urgent priorities of the For the People Act, and so is a good place to start. It is essential that it be paired with the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which undoes the harm done by the Supreme Court to the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
Indivisible’s Democracy Reform Agenda:
“We must pass legislation to democratize the Senate, institute voting rights for all, legitimize the courts, preserve a free and independent media, create fair maps and fair elections, and institute campaign finance reform.”
Items to consider under this agenda include:
- DC statehood, and statehood for other US Territories that want it.
- Eliminate the Electoral College and have truly democratic presidential elections.
- The Judiciary Act of 2021 would expand the number of Supreme Court justices from 9 to 13.
Additionally, Representative Adam Schiff’s Protecting Our Democracy Act would prevent the worst abuses of the Trump Administration.