Nearly 60% of Kansans chose to reject the right’s agenda to undermine abortion rights at the ballot box on Tuesday. In doing so, they’ve shown what we’ve long known at Democracy Forward: not only are regressive policies harmful but they are also deeply unpopular, which is why the right continues to undermine the ability of people to be represented. While extreme, anti-democratic movements have gained outsized political power across the country, the vast majority of the American people believe in the promise and potential of democracy.
At this critical moment, we must leverage our collective power to stop the law from being used in regressive ways and to build for a better future. And that’s exactly what the DF community does best.
To that end, we’re introducing a new way to stay both informed and inspired: the Democracy In Brief newsletter.
Each week, you’ll get a curated snapshot of the latest news about our work in the courts and communities, news impacting our democratic rights and institutions, and ways to be involved in this generational battle for people and democracy.
Thank you for believing that democracy is worth the fight, we’re grateful you’re with us. Same time, same place next week?
Your Friends at Democracy Forward
We provide legal representation and expert counsel to people and communities who make up the fabric of American democracy. Here are some highlights from our latest work.
An informed public is fundamental to democracy, but in Wisconsin, the Office of Special Counsel investigating “fraud” in the 2020 election has been deleting its records, directly undermining Wisconsinites’ ability to know how that investigation is going. We sued the state’s Office of Special Counsel to halt further destruction of documents – and in a victory for government transparency, we secured a temporary restraining order.
14 right-wing Attorneys General (AZ, AL, AR, GA, ID, IN, LA, MS, MO, MT, NE, OK, SC, TX), along with special interest groups, are leading or supporting three challenges to the $15 federal contractor minimum wage. These attacks are part of their broader effort seeking to effectively cut worker’s wages. Our latest brief in one such case — filed on behalf of a broad coalition — explains to the court that not only is the federal contractor minimum wage legally sound, it also reduces income inequality and racial and gender wage inequities for the workforce.
The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule to require that public companies disclose certain climate-related risks to investors. Despite that this rule both makes good financial sense and is supported by many investment managers, some right-wing Attorneys General and special interests have opposed it based on the mistaken claim it violates the First Amendment. Read our comment on behalf of law experts both demonstrating the importance of the rule and establishing its legality.
Stories Worth Following
- The Guardian Opinion | This summer may be one of the most consequential in US democracy
- The 19th Kansas voters reject effort to eliminate state abortion protections
- Slate Where the Right-Wing Attacks Against Education Finally Went Too Far—for Republicans
- Daily Journal (Mississippi) Editorial Board | State should not spend public money on private schools
- Law360 Expert Analysis | SEC’s Climate Rule Is Compatible With The 1st Amendment
What We’re Monitoring
- MSNBC Ron DeSantis’ blocking of legacy media coverage is dangerous for democracy
- Business InsiderRepublicans’ next big play is to ‘scare the hell out of Washington’ by rewriting the Constitution. And they’re willing to play the long game to win.
- POLITICO Impact of Supreme Court’s climate ruling spreads
- Axios A radical plan for Trump’s second term
TX AG Paxton & his AG friends are calling on the admin to halt action to combat climate change over claims their communities struggle to pay the bills. To be clear, these are many of the same AGs seeking to use the court to CUT MINIMUM WAGES for U.S. workers. Make it make sense🤔 pic.twitter.com/EuuHRNe9ML
— Democracy Forward (@DemocracyFwd) July 28, 2022
Today in things we can’t make up: Florida’s ed commissioner objects to a poster that reads “And Justice for all” claiming nondiscrimination in USDA programs could violate state law. As if we needed more fuel to our fire in the fight for democracy, Florida’s leadership delivers 👇 https://t.co/eTs7I0b9S0
— Democracy Forward (@DemocracyFwd) July 29, 2022
This week, Skye spoke with INSIDER about her journey back to Democracy Forward and our team’s continued determination to achieve a bold, vibrant democracy for all people.
In her own words, “At the end of the day, it’s actually a lack of hope that could be the thing that seals the deal here. We know that the vast majority of the American people want a country that’s as good as its promise.”
Our work at Democracy Forward over the past 5 years shows that – if we all commit to the fight – those who seek to erase our democratic values can be stopped. It’s time to redouble our efforts to protect and defend our democratic rights and build the bold, vibrant future we deserve.
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