Monday, January 16, 2012

Action memo from Democracy for America #MLK #occupy

Today we celebrate a great leader who fought hard to make sure that all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, could fully participate in our Democracy. The most fundamental right Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for was the right to vote.

And today, those rights are under attack.

This year, 34 Republican state legislatures introduced bills designed to turn voters away from the polls who cannot produce specific types of state issued ID. If all of these bills pass, roughly 21 million voters will lose their right to vote. And, it's no coincidence that most of those voters are minorities, students, and elderly voters who vote Democrat.

That's why, today, we are supporting Rep. Keith Ellison's two bills to protect the right to vote.

Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor today to protect the right to vote by making sure election boards cannot require state ID and allowing voters to register the same day they go to the polls.

Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, explains how these bills affect voters in a recent post on Daily Kos:

In Indiana, 12 nuns were denied the right to vote in the last presidential election because they didn't have "updated" identification. The facts that some of them had old passports, they were in their 80s and 90s and didn't drive--or that they're nuns--seemed not to be a good basis for affirming their identities.

These are not isolated incidents. They are part of the largest effort to disenfranchise voters since the Jim Crow era, almost exclusively targeting youth and minority voters.

To stop this attack on voting rights, Rep. Ellison introduced two bills to curb voter suppression. The Same Day Registration Act would require states to provide for same day voter registration for a federal election. The Voter Access Protection Act would make sure election officials cannot require photo identification in order to cast a vote or register to vote.

Add your voice and become a citizen co-sponsor of these two bills today.

Don't allow this year to be the first in our history that we shrink the size of the voting public, instead of expanding it. Make this Martin Luther King Day count, and sign on to protect voting rights.

Thank you for all that you do,

- Levana

Levana Layendecker, Communications Director
Democracy for America

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Elizabeth Warren (@ElizabethForMa) : I can't wait for Monday

Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts

I am proud to live in a country that celebrates not only our Founding Fathers, but also leaders and visionaries like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King's tireless fight for civil rights and economic justice for millions of Americans proves one person can make a difference in our country.
In honor of Dr. King's work, our nation celebrates his birthday with a national day of service in which I am proud to participate. I'm looking forward to joining Alan Khazei this Monday, rolling up our sleeves with Boston Cares and volunteering in the Boston area. Alan is the inspirational leader who created City Year and Be the Change.
For millions of men, women, and children, that spirit of service extends year round. Every day, 365 days a year, Americans like you throughout the Commonwealth and across the country mentor students, assist the elderly, and feed the hungry. They clean up parks, save our rivers, and protect our beaches. They lend a hand to those who need our help the most.
That's incredible, and after your service this Monday, I hope you'll continue to stay involved in your community. That's what this is all about.
There's almost certainly an event somewhere in your area this Monday, so if you don't have a way to give back this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day planned already, I hope you'll look one up and join the service event near you now.
Thank you for being a part of this -- and thank you for giving back.
Very truly yours,
Elizabeth Warren
P.S. I'd love to hear back from people who go out and do service projects on Monday. Please email your stories and photos to -- and we'll feature some on our website next week!

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