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Defend Direct Democracy, feat. Josh Silver of RepresentUs

Organizer: Show Me Integrity

Legislators in Jefferson City have made it clear that they're willing to do whatever it takes to restrict our right to participate in direct democracy by launching an attack on the ballot initiative — one of the most powerful tools we have to reform our government.

We're preparing to end the attacks once and for all by bringing together organizers, activists, and local leaders from all 34 Missouri Senate districts and building a coalition ready to stand up to the political establishment.

Join us on June 22 for a special event featuring Josh Silver, Co-Founder and Executive Director of RepresentUs, a national cross-partisan, anti-corruption organization.

We'll talk about our strategy, the importance of the ballot initiative, and what's next.

Let's put power back where it belongs — with the people.

Location: Virtual


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Op-eds of the week: Manchin, rebuilding trust, change through music and dance

Our weekly op-ed highlight reel

To change Manchin's mind, we must appeal to his heart

Dave Anderson

What might it take to change Sen. Joe Manchin's mind on the For the People Act? Dave Anderson, former professor, and Lee McIntyre author of "Post-Truth" and "How to Talk to a Science Denier," share their opinions.

Vermont learns the right lesson from the 2020 general election

Vermont officials realized that giving more people more ways to vote is a good idea. They have not instituted a permanent vote-by-mail system for general elections, argues Josh Silver, executive director and co-founder of RepresentUs.

Beyond rationalization: Joe Manchin exposes his own machinations

Joe Manchin is usually known as a pragmatic senator. But in his obstinate defense of the filibuster and his refusal to vote for the For the People Act, Manchin has revealed his real hand on the issue — and it is embarrassingly weak, shares Michael Golden, author of "Unlock Congress" and a senior fellow at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. He is also a member of The Fulcrum's editorial advisory board.

Rebuilding trust, one conversation at a time

We need to restore civility to our political dialogue and rebuild trust in each other. America Talks can help get us there, says David Meyers, executive editor of The Fulcrum.

Music and dance continue to drive change

The Kennedy Center represents the cultural diversity of our country, and the language of the music and the dance presented over the course of the program illustrates how it often has been a catalyst for change, writes David Nevins, co-publisher of The Fulcrum and co-founder and board chairman of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund.

Meanwhile, here are our latest news stories:

5 stories to read about the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Maine takes bipartisan step toward open primaries

West Virginia voting rights advocates turn up heat on Manchin

Vermont sets bipartisan example for expanding vote by mail

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Maine takes bipartisan step forward

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Maine takes bipartisan step toward open primaries

Sara Swann

Maine has taken a big step toward making its primaries more politically inclusive.

State lawmakers voted in overwhelming bipartisan fashion on Wednesday to allow voters not registered with a major party to cast a ballot in a primary election. While the bill requires another vote in both chambers before it goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' desk, the previous votes indicate passage is very likely.

While many state legislatures remain divided on election reform issues, Maine and nearby Vermont presented rare examples of bipartisan collaboration this week.

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Beyond rationalization: Joe Manchin exposes his own machinations

Joe Manchin is usually known as a pragmatic senator. But in his obstinate defense of the filibuster and his refusal to vote for the For the People Act, Manchin has revealed his real hand on the issue — and it is embarrassingly weak, writes Michael Golden, author of "Unlock Congress" and a senior fellow at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy.

Video: Kristin Hansen of AllSides named an everyday hero

Kristin Hansen helps create constructive dialogue across classrooms with different backgrounds. She has been profiled in "Everyday Heroes."

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Grassroots' Return on Investment: Turning Advocacy into $ for Your Network

Join the Congressional Management Foundation for a program that presents research on how advocacy departments can add value not just to an organization's legislative agenda, but to the financial bottom line of the group and its network.