300 CWA Members Join Democracy Awakening Protest in DC

Communication Workers of Americ
CWA Press Release

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    WASHINGTON, DC — More than 300 members and activists from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are participating in Democracy Awakening, a mass mobilization of thousands of Americans calling for a democracy that works for all — not just the 1 percent. They rallied, marched, attended teach-ins, and lobbied, and today, are engaging in civil disobedience outside the U.S. Capitol.

    CWA President Chris Shelton is among the CWAers standing up for a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counts. “We know that on our own, CWA cannot restore workers’ rights or win the financial reforms we need to put working families back on track. The same is true for the critical issues facing environmental groups, consumer advocates and social justice activists. We can’t go it alone. But when we join together, as we have in the past, we can move our democracy forward. We know this. When every organization makes restoring our democracy at least its second most important issue, we can succeed,” Shelton said.

    Shelton and nearly 80 CWA activists are engaging in civil disobedience, risking arrest to spotlight public attention on the call to restore our democracy.

    CWA joins more than 260 organizations in this landmark event coordinated by the Democracy Initiative and calling for strengthened voting rights, campaign finance reform, getting big money out of politics and filling the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. This is a broad coalition of organizations representing the labor, green, student, racial justice, civil rights and money-in-politics reform communities.

    Candice Johnson
    (202) 434-1168

Dec. 10: NYC March for Voting Rights Begins at Koch Industries

by Adele Stan

Voting rights are human rights. To bring that point home, a coalition of labor, civil rights and community organizations will celebrate Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, with a Stand for Freedom march and rally, beginning at the Manhattan headquarters of Koch Industries, and ending at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.

Where and when:

Saturday, Dec. 10

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Assemble 61st Street and Madison Avenue, Koch Industries New York City office.

11:30 a.m.: March from 61st Street and Madison Avenue to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 47th Street and 2nd Avenue

12:30 p.m.: Rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations building

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Restrictive voting laws on rise across country

by Michael Hirsch

In 2011, legislators in seven states — Alabama, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — rewrote voting laws to require voters to present state-issued photo identification, while a voter-ID ballot question passed in Mississippi on Nov. 8.

Florida and Ohio cut nearly in half the number of days for early voting and eliminated Sunday voting. Florida also will impose penalties for minor infractions on third-party voter-registration drives, prompting the nonpartisan League of Women Voters to cease voter registration in the state.

American Civil Liberties Union

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