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We must enact D.C. statehood. D.C. has a population of almost 700,000 (more than Wyoming or Vermont), and it represents an increasingly diversifying electorate nationwide (if D.C. were a state, it’d be the only majority-minority state in the country).

With rampant voter suppression targeting voters of color, immigrants, and poor communities across the country, enshrining and expanding the right to participate in our democracy has become more and more urgent.

We must expand voting rights, combat corruption, and build a more participatory electoral process, specifically through the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

The filibuster is a relic of the Jim Crow era that’s been used for decades to slow progress and prevent racial justice initiatives and other progressive priorities. We must demand that our Senators not let the Jim Crow filibuster block the legislation our democracy desperately needs.

A representative democracy is within our reach—but we must demand it.

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We’re demanding that members of Congress use Democrats’ new majority to remake our democracy by passing the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and DC Statehood in the first 100 days, without letting Mitch McConnell’s Jim Crow filibuster get in the way.

Why is democracy reform our #1 priority?

We believe that power should rest in the hands of the people, and making our democracy work is important for its own sake. Whether it’s expanding voting rights, ensuring representation for all, or reforming the legislative process to prioritize the people over corporate interests, we know that it’s simply the right thing to do. It’s especially important when you consider how anti-democratic interests have worked specifically against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) starting from the very foundations of our country. 

We also know that most of our progressive priorities just don’t stand a chance as long as the rules remain rigged. Republicans know that their policies are deeply unpopular—so they’ve spent decades undermining democratic norms to stay in power and prevent progress. Without fair representation and a people-centered legislative process, we can’t move the priorities that have the biggest impact on our everyday lives. Strengthening our democracy is the only thing that will put us in a position to win all the other policies we want to pass.

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Our Democracy should work for the people

If we are going to remake our democracy into one that works for the people and achieve all of our progressive priorities—like affordable healthcare, a green new deal, a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants, and economic and racial justice—we need our members of Congress to use the majority that we built to defend our democracy. 

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The Plan

To dislodge the entrenched power of the wealthy, white, conservative minority we need to fix the broken Senate, unrig our courts, and take away McConnell’s scythe as the legislative grim reaper by eliminating the Jim Crow filibuster. All of this can be done with simple legislation passed by Congress on a majority vote and signed into law by President Biden. But the clock is ticking.

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Call your Senator and Demand they Move Quickly on the For the People Act

Demand Your Senator Pass S. 51, the Washington, DC Statehood Bill, Now

Learn More About Why Reforming the Filibuster Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Record a Video: Let your members of Congress know why the For the People Act and DC Statehood are important to you

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor might not seem like the flashiest way to get your Member of Congress’s attention. But there’s something about a sharp letter to the editor in a hometown paper that can really get under the skin of the most powerful lawmaker. Use our tools below to get a sample letter to the editor template as well as contact information for your local papers.

Letter to the Editor: Demand the Senate Eliminate the Filibuster to Save Our Democracy

Letter to the Editor: Make Democracy Reform a Priority with DC Statehood

Letter to the Editor: Make Democracy Reform a Priority with the For The People Act

Where do your Senators stand on Democracy Reform?

Find out on peopleswhipcount.org