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Protestors in Florida speak out against private prisons, which prefer to house Black people because they cost less than white people, according to Kellogg.

Ending racial injustice begins with curbing law enforcement industry's political power

Kellogg is a volunteer in Lincoln, Neb., for Wolf-PAC, which is seeking to build grassroots support for a constitutional amendment that would permit more regulation of money in politics.
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A question for Joe Biden: If lobbying is the problem in Washington, as you claim, then why does your team include lobbyists?

Biden's ban on lobbyists in his administration would be unwise and discriminatory

Miller is board chairman of the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, the advocacy profession's trade association, and principal of the lobbying firm Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies.
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President-elect Joe Biden, who with Jill Biden marked Veterans Day on Wednesday, has come under criticism for not making democracy reform a priority.

Anxious democracy reformers pressing Biden to make more of their causes

Joe Biden has plenty of campaign promises to keep, beyond the obvious and enormous top priorities of corralling the coronavirus and stabilizing the economy. And that's made democracy reform groups, which have never counted him as an impassioned ally, newly skeptical their priorities will get addressed in his new administration.

Their anxiety has come to the surface this week. A coalition of 170 progressive good governance and voting rights organizations asked the president-elect to elevate a collection of fix-the-system proposals into his first 100 days' agenda. Separately, one of the most influential such groups, RepresentUs, lambasted the Biden transition for "an omission of epic proportions" by giving short shrift to the issues it cares about.

Their impatience, just days after Biden's victory became clear, underscores the precarious position the cause of fixing democracy's dysfunction has in the public policy agenda.

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Legislative Town Hall Workshop

Organizer: FairVote Washington

Have you ever wondered what lobbying looks like, or how to persuade a legislator to support your agenda? Town halls are one of the most effective ways to engage with your legislators. Join our legislative team for an interactive workshop to learn how to be effective as a citizen lobbyist at town halls and campaign events. During this workshop, you can expect to learn:

  • How to craft a great town hall question
  • How to read your audience and adjust your message to resonate with the person you're trying to persuade
  • How to find upcoming events with your legislators

Location: Virtual

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