Key recommendations for executive actions the Biden Administration can make on day one.

Issue briefs highlighting why we cannot make progress on the issues that matter most to Americans – like healthcare, fair labor laws, stopping climate change – without democracy reform like the For the People Act (HR1).

A two-page description of the DFAD Coalition, our mission, and why this is the time to enact the For the People Act (HR1).

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Representative John Sarbanes (@RepSarbanes) tells us about the transformational power of the #ForThePeopleAct (#HR1). @DFADCoalition

Sr. Simone Campbell (@sr_simone, @NETWORKLobby) shares how the #ForThePeopleAct (#HR1) addresses the root causes of so many of the issues we face. @DFADCoalition

Justin Kwasa (@LCV) shares why having a healthy environment means having a democracy that works — a democracy that we can build by passing the #ForThePeopleAct (#HR1). @DFADCoalition

Veterans speak about their dedication to our democracy — and the need to uphold free, fair, and secure elections. @DFADCoalition

Across the country, at every level of government, on both sides of the political divide — election officials pled for more support in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.  @DFADCoalition


Candidates shouldn’t be able to hold on to their campaign funds indefinitely. @DFADCoalition’s Aswar Rahman shares how — and why — the #ForThePeopleAct (#HR1) puts a 6-year expiration date on political funds raised. @DFADCoalition

Isn’t vote by mail awesome? @DFADCoalition’s Aswar Rahman shares how the #ForThePeopleAct (#HR1) will make vote by mail accessible to every voter in America. @DFADCoalition

Virtual Townhalls

4.20.20 | Protect Our Vote Kick-Off

Special Guests
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA
Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R-WA)

Jana Morgan, Director – Declaration for American Democracy

Max Feldman, Counsel – Brennan Center for Justice
Vanita Gupta, President & CEO – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Michelle Bishop, Voting Rights Specialist – National Disability Rights Network
Karen Hobert Flynn, President – Common Cause
Debra Cronmiller, Executive Director – League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Rio Tazewell, Senior Campaigns Manager – People For the American Way
Christine Wood, Democracy Organizer – Public Citizen
Brett Edkins, Political Director – Stand Up America

Also participating, representatives from:
Alliance for Youth Action
Democracy 21
Let America Vote / End Citizens United Action Fund
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
Union of Concerned Scientists

4.23.20 | Protect Our Vote Maine

Senator Angus King (I-ME)
Alison Beyea, Executive Director – Maine ACLU
Kathy Montejo, Lewiston City Clerk
Lori Parham, Executive Director – Maine AARP
Robyn Merrill, Executive Director of Maine Equal Justice
Anna Kellar, League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

4.27.20 | Protect Our Vote North Carolina

U.S. Representative David Price
U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield
U.S. Representative Alma Adams
North Carolina State Senator Jay Chaudhuri
Marcus Bass, Executive Director of NC Black Alliance
Tomas Lopez, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina
Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause NC
Melissa Price Kromm, Director of North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections

5.1.20 | Protect Our Vote Arizona

U.S. Representative Greg Stanton
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs
U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes
More to come…

Randy Perez, Democracy Director of LUCHA Arizona

5.6.20 | Protect Our Vote Colorado

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
U.S. Representative Jason Crow
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold
Hon. Wayne Williams, Former Colorado Secretary of State
Nicole Hensel, Executive Director of New Era Colorado
Tamra DeBrady, President, Colorado Black Women for Political Action
Dusti Gurule, Executive Director, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

Dr. Toni Larson, Director, Action & Advocacy, League of Women Voters of Colorado
Andrea Wilkins, League of Women Voters Colorado

5.20.20 | Protect Our Vote Georgia

US Representative Sanford Bishop, D-GA-2
Georgia State Rep. Bee Nguyen, D-89
Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon, D-58
Georgia State Sen. Harold Jones, D-22
Cindy Battles, Program Coordinator, Common Cause Georgia
Wanda Mosley, Senior State Coordinator, Georgia, Black Voters Matter
Esther Lim, Organizing and Civic Engagement Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
Umer Rupani, Executive Director, Georgia Muslim Voter Project
Susannah Scott, President, League of Women Voters of Georgia
Aklima Khondoker, Georgia State Director, All Voting is Local

6.9.20 | Protect Our Vote Rally

• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
• Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
• Dolores Huerta Labor Activist and Civil Rights Leader
• Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
• Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative
• Rev. Leslie Watson Wilson, Director of African American Religious Affairs, People For the American Way
• Jennifer Epps-Addison, Network President and Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Moderated by:
• Leigh Chapman, Voting Rights Program Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
• Jana Morgan, Director, Declaration for American Democracy

8.11.20 | Protect Our Vote Town Hall

Our elections are under threat. People must be able to vote safely in November. Yet, Senate Republicans are blocking key funding needed to #ProtectOurVote. Join us on August 11 7:30-8:30pm ET for a virtual town hall with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Congressman John Sarbanes and movement leaders to discuss why funding for safe elections must be included in the next COVID package, and what citizens can do to make themselves heard.

Despite COVID cases rising, the Senate Republicans proposed $0 for critical funding needed to #ProtectOurVote. No one should have to choose between their health and their vote.

U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty
U.S. Representative John Sarbanes
Hilary Shelton, Washington Bureau Director & Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy | NAACP
Leigh Chapman, Voting Rights Program Director | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Wendy Fields, Executive Director | Democracy Initiative
Karen Hobert Flynn, President | Common Cause

10.17.20 | Democracy Day 1: Protecting Your Vote and Your Voice

This year’s election is the most consequential of our lifetimes – yet Americans face historic barriers to voting. Join the Declaration for American Democracy on Wednesday, October 7th to learn ways to fight back against these obstacles, make a plan to vote, and make your voice heard.

From 7-8pm EST we will hear from election protection experts who will provide you with the necessary tools to vote safely this year.

Then, from 8-9pm EST we will hold a *couch-party* where partners from When We All Vote will lead participants in a textathon to text 500,000 Americans make a plan to vote.

During this event we’ll hear from Rep. John Sarbanes on the transformative “For the People Act” (HR1) and how it can transform our democracy, and make the case for why the next administration must make democracy reform a first priority on day one.

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What does the For the People Act (S. 1/H.R. 1) do?

The For the People Act is a sweeping package to realize the promise of our democracy, get big money out of politics, ensure our freedom to vote, and guarantee that congressional districts are drawn to give fair representation for all.

Together we can realize a democracy that represents, reflects, and responds to all of us.

Gets big money out of politics.

The For the People Act (H.R. 1):

  • counters the Citizens United decision
  • establishes a voluntary small donor public financing system for House races
  • enacts the DISCLOSE Act
  • reveals who's funding dark money groups
  • strengthens the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals
  • enacts the Honest Ads Act
  • reveals who's buying online political ads
  • enacts the Stand By Every Ad Act
  • requires political ad buyers to reveal their top donors and chief officials
  • mandates greater transparency from tax-exempt organizations
  • requires publicly traded companies to consult with shareholders before spending on politics
  • leads to disclosure of contributions by government contractors
  • holds presidential inaugural committees accountable
  • pilots a voucher program, so voters can contribute to candidates of their choice
  • establishes a small donor matching system for Congressional elections
  • reforms the presidential public financing program
  • empowers more people to run by allowing federal candidates who are not incumbents to use part of their campaign funds for childcare and certain other expenses
  • encourages small dollar donations to political party committees
  • overhauls the FEC
  • cracks down on Super PAC-Candidate coordination
  • requires disposal of unused campaign funds
Makes voting simpler, safer, and fairer.

The For the People Act (H.R. 1):

  • commits to restore and update the full protections of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) — the most effective civil rights legislation in the history of the United States
  • commits to protect and promote Native American voting rights
  • ensures access to voting for individuals with disabilities
  • supports DC statehood
  • supports federal voting rights for Americans living in US territories
  • enacts the Redistricting Reform Act of 2019
  • bans partisan and racial gerrymandering
  • adopts independent redistricting commissions
  • combats cyberattacks, election hacking, and disinformation campaigns
  • promotes online voter registration in federal elections nationwide
  • requires automatic voter registration for federal elections nationwide
  • allows same day registration for federal elections nationwide
  • prevents voter roll purges
  • makes registration deadlines line up with public holidays
  • requires USPS to remind movers to update their voter registration
  • creates grants to boost youth involvement in election activities
  • provide additional state funding to update registration processes
  • prohibits interference with voter registration
  • standardizes voter registrations across states
  • expands pre-registration for future voters currently 16 or older
  • prohibits voter caging
  • enacts the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act
  • restores federal voting rights to those disenfranchised by a prior criminal conviction
  • adopt paper ballots
  • strengthen provisional balloting
  • create a nationwide standard for early voting
  • expand opportunities to vote by mail
  • protect voting rights for absent military and overseas voters
  • provides grants for more poll workers
  • enhances enforcement of existing standards
  • prevents conflicts of interest with chief state election officials
  • allows public universities to become voter registration agencies
  • lets students vote where they attend school
  • requires a weeks' notice to change polling places
  • allows a sworn statement option for voter ID requirements
  • makes absentee ballots postage-free
  • helps states process absentee ballots
  • strengthens voter information support
  • standardizes polling place hours of operation
  • improves the Election Assistance Commission
  • funds election security upgrades
  • increases communication about threats to state election systems
Holds public officials accountable.

The For the People Act (H.R. 1):

  • requires sitting presidents, vice presidents, and major-party candidates for those offices to disclose their tax returns
  • requires a code of ethics for the United States Supreme Court
  • updates and enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
  • increases federal lobbying disclosure requirements
  • requires presidential appointees to recuse themselves from government matters to which the president or their spouse is a party
  • ensures easy public access to lobbying information
  • requires the president and vice president to divest from any personal financial holdings that could pose a conflict of interest with their official duties
  • demands transparency for White House ethics waivers
  • strengthen ethics enforcement in the executive branch
  • requires more disclosure of political donations and fundraising by cabinet members and other senior appointees
  • makes presidents-elect adopt and enforce ethics rules for their transition teams
  • requires all senior executive branch appointees to take an ethics pledge
  • restricts travel on private aircraft by cabinet members and other senior appointees
  • makes Members of Congress pay any awards or settlements in connection to claims of workplace harassment
  • prohibits House members from serving on the boards of for-profit companies
  • bars Members of Congress and staff from trying to make laws to make themselves rich
  • requires candidates to disclose if they get donations from registered lobbyists
  • creates a searchable, public online portal for all reports to Congress
  • requires reporting of outside compensation for congressional staff

What is the Declaration for American Democracy?

A Coalition of 200+ Member Organizations

The Declaration for American Democracy is an anti-oppression coalition working together to make the promise of democracy real for all of us.

We believe our democratic systems, institutions, and leaders must reflect, represent, and respect the diverse, multicultural nation that we are and have always been. For democracy to work for all of us, it must include all of us and address the deep systemic, institutional challenges that continue to block meaningful progress to this day. As America’s diversity continues to grow, so must our democracy.

Our Mission

Today our democracy faces crises on multiple fronts -- compounded by a deeply problematic history that has held us back from achieving an inclusive and equitable multiracial  nation since our founding. Powerful corporations and wealthy special interests use their money and influence to shape public policy priorities. Extremist politicians are putting up deliberate barriers to block access to the ballot box and silence the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, low-income, LGBTQIA, disability, and other marginalized communities. State legislatures are manipulating Congressional maps to allow politicians to pick their voters and hoard power for their political parties. And our government has failed to respond after four years of a corrupt administration and Supreme Court decisions gutting voting rights protections and anti-corruption laws.

Working together, we are committed to passing national standards, including the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and DC Statehood, to transform our political system and move our country closer to realizing the true promise of democracy. However, we will not be satisfied with any single reform and will continue to press for the structural changes necessary to rebalance power for the people and undo the historic harms that have barred communities that have been marginalized and denied political power since the founding of the United States.

We believe people of color, young people, people with disabilities, language minorities, and other historically disenfranchised communities should have equal access to the ballot and be equitably represented in government. We believe everyday people should have a stronger voice in elections than wealthy donors and special interests. And we believe our government should be transparent and accountable to the people.

Together we must ensure the freedom to vote is a fundamental American right and that the people -- regardless of our color, our background, or our zip code - hold the power, not the wealthy and corporations.

Our Vision

Therefore, we, the Declaration for American Democracy, are committed to working together to achieve this vision and model our values in how we work together. As a coalition, we will invest in each other and treat each other with respect. We will acknowledge and learn from our past, including the legacy of racism and white supremacy in our movement and democratic institutions. In decision making we will center Black, Brown, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, language minorities, as well as other impacted communities. And we will invest in each other through professional development, collaborative grantmaking, and shared projects.

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