September 2007

Our new bylaws are up on our website, so if you didn’t read them yet or missed the last Meetup, check them out here (PDF)!

And now for the really big news!

Cloture vote on DC Voting Rights bill set for Tuesday, September 18th
After a long summer wait, Majority Leader Reid has scheduled the cloture vote on S. 1257, the DC House Voting Rights Act of 2007, for next Tuesday at 2:30 PM. Both Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Hatch support the timing, but whether we will have the 60 votes needed to end debate on the bill remains unclear. By all accounts, it is going to be a very close vote and so, like never before, we must stand up and Demand DC Voting Rights Now!

Join us at the DC Vote Coalition Rally For DC Voting Rights on Monday, September 17th, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Let Senators know we demand the vote!

Sign up for the Monday Rally here!

Also, on Monday, September 17, participate in the second “National Call-in Day” For DC Voting Rights. This is the first time in nearly 30 years that a DC voting rights bill will be before the Senate for a vote. We need support from every Senator to pass the DC House Voting Rights Act now!

If you ever voted outside DC or have hometown Senators, call their offices on Monday between 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT. Urge Senators to support cloture on the bipartisan DC House Voting Rights Act of 2007. Tell your “surrogate” Senators that the democracy Americans have fought for around the globe must be brought to our nation’s capital.

National Call-In Day for DC Voting Rights. Local calls may be made through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 between the hours of 9:00AM - 6:00PM EDT.

If you have family and friends in targeted states, have them call their senators, toll free, at 1.866.346.3008 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT. Targeted Senators include:

  • Arlen Specter (R-PA)
  • Richard Lugar (R-IN)
  • Gordon Smith (R-OR)
  • Sam Brownback (R-KS)
  • John McCain (R-AZ)
  • Thad Cochran (R-IN)

No Senator has blocked a vote on civil rights legislation in the United States since the era of segregation. We need to send a clear message to the Senate that now is not the time to once again constrain the expansion of democracy in America for narrow, political opportunism. Let them know that we stand for democracy!

Please make your calls and join us at the rally on Monday!

Karen Rose
Chair, Voting Rights & Democracy Committee

Welcome back after Labor Day, folks!

If you haven’t already signed up for the September 5 meetup, please do so here and now!

We’ll start off with Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of DCVote, who will talk about the Freedom Ride to Kentucky this Fall.

Then we’ll have our very important discussion and vote on changing DC4D’s Bylaws. Please read the proposed changes here so that you come prepared.

And finally, Jeff Richardson, Vice Chair of the DC Democratic State Committee, will talk about the DC Delegate selection process for the national convention next year.

Sign up now and let us know you’re coming!

Best Regards,
Kesh Ladduwahetty