Issue: Democracy

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Alerts and Updates WVCCE February 10, 2020
Stand Up for Democracy: Tell Legislators to Protect Our Right to Peacefully Assemble
Just like voting or contacting elected officials, peaceful protest is an important way for everyday people to influence how government makes decisions about our air, water, and land; when we go to war; and other issues. Several of our allies are opposing a bill before the Legislature that would discourage peaceful protest and stop people from criticizing the powerful. Stand up for democracy! Contact your delegate(s) and tell them to vote NO on HB 4615. More
Issues: Democracy
Newsletter WVCCE January 31, 2020
Our Voice, Our Votes, Our Courts: Join Us for Good Government Lobby Day
Please join us for our first ever lobby day in support of our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform on February 17. More details and registration information here. Several bills that advance the goals of the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform have been introduced and the list keeps growing. Read this post for a look at some of these bills, what we have to gain if some reforms are passed, and what’s at stake if others advance. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair Courts
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer January 29, 2020
Our Voice, Our Votes, Courts: What We Could Gain and What’s At Stake
Several bills that advance the goals of the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform have been introduced and the list keeps growing. In addition to bills that are part of the platform we are also monitoring other legislative proposals related to our courts. Here’s a glimpse at some of these bills, what we have to gain if some reforms are passed, and what’s at stake if others advance. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosureFair CourtsVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog WVCCE January 23, 2020
Join Us for Good Government Lobby Day – Monday, February 17
Join us for our first ever lobby day in support of our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform. We will be participating in the Centennial Celebration of the WV Ratification of the 19th Amendment at the State Capitol. It’s also President’s Day. If you have the day off, come lobby your legislators about common sense policy solutions that can move us toward a government that's more transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of ALL West Virginians. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE January 21, 2020
Post-Citizens United, We Can Make Democracy Healthy Again
In spite of the decision, there are things we can do to make democracy healthy again but it will take political will and the power of the people demanding change. We can restore balance to a system skewed in favor of the wealthy and special interests by implementing reforms like those included in our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform, and give everyday people a stronger voice in our elections.   More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosurePublic financingSecret MoneyTransparency
Alerts and Updates WVCCE January 4, 2020
Happy New Year, YOU Did It!
Happy New Year, YOU did it! Thanks to contributions from folks like you, we raised the $5,000 needed to meet our #WVProDemocracy match. Actually, we more than made it. We raised $7,380! We hope we can continue to count on you — every session people like you help advance our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform by calling legislators, writing letters to the editor, and talking with friends and neighbors. Stay tuned for updates and calls to action starting next week. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair Courts
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer December 4, 2019
Take Action Today to Restore the Voting Rights Act
Congress must pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4) and restore our ability to prevent racial discrimination in voting so that we can build the truly representative democracy that we deserve. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on HR 4 on Thursday or Friday of this week. Please contact your US Representative today and urge their support for this crucial legislation. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE December 2, 2019
You don’t have to wait for #GivingTuesday to give democracy a boost
The season of giving is here and you can help give democracy a boost by making a tax-deductible donation toward the WV Pro-Democracy Match today.  Every dollar you give will be matched up to $5,000. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 30, 2019
Tired of Being Ghosted by Politics as Usual? Support the #WVProDemocracy Campaign
Tired of being ghosted by politics as usual? Want to exorcise big money from our elections? It's spooky when politicians rely on campaign contributions from big money ghouls! WV Citizens for Clean Elections is working to restore health to our democracy, to clean up elections and assure that our courts are fair and impartial. But it takes money to fight big money. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 15, 2019
Support the WV Pro-Democracy Movement by Making a Gift Today
WV Citizens for Clean Elections is working to restore health to our democracy, to clean up elections, and assure that our courts are fair and impartial. Right now WV Citizens for Clean Elections has an opportunity to receive an additional $5,000 for our work if we can raise $5,000 from our friends and supporters by the end of the year. Will you pitch in? Join us in the fight for a democracy that works for everyone—a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, and everyone's voice is heard—by making a donation today. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyDisclosureFair CourtsTransparencyVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer September 26, 2019
Lawmakers need to protect, promote right to vote
In West Virginia, pro-voter advocates envision a state where elected officials don’t make it harder to vote, but rather ensure that every eligible citizen has a chance to make their voice heard. In the wake of the Shelby v. Holder decision, it is policies like AVR, and other reforms that provide new opportunities for people to register and vote, that affirm our civil rights, which need our support.  More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog Vivian Stockman August 14, 2019
When You Talk About Voter Suppression, Talk About White Supremacy
"We ALL deserve a thriving, engaged, and true democracy. One where participating is accessible and encouraged. One where violent systems of white supremacy and voter suppression do not exist. We know that if we build an engaged and thriving form of governance at every level we too can build the equitable and just future that we all deserve." More
Issues: DemocracyVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog Vivian Stockman August 13, 2019
Delegate Danielle Walker Speaks on Voting Rights
"We must use our voice. We must join forces. We must take a stand." That’s why we urge everyone to demand that Congress pass HR4, and to do all they can to safeguard their right to vote and democracy itself. More
Issues: Dark MoneyDemocracyFair CourtsSecret MoneyVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog Vivian Stockman August 12, 2019
Rick Martin of NAACP Charleston WV on Voting Rights and the Courts
"The American people are entitled to judges who will decide cases on the facts and the law, not deeply rooted ideology or rank partisanship. Our rights to fully participate in every facet of political, social, and economic life, on an equal basis, lie in the balance." More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Press Release WVCCE August 2, 2019
Stand Up for Voting Rights – Media Advisory
On Voting Rights Act Anniversary, State and Community Leaders Call on Congress to Restore the Law. 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Outside the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, 300 Virginia St E., Charleston, WV 25301. This press conference and rally marks the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). We’ll call on Congress to restore the protections in the VRA and ensure that every eligible voter can make their voice heard free from discrimination.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE August 1, 2019
Win for Transparency, Stand Up for Voting Rights
Please join us Tuesday, August 6 at noon at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston to stand up for voting rights and call on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1962 by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4).  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog WVCCE July 11, 2019
Campaign Legal Center & WVCCE Comments on SB 622 Rules
The Campaign Legal Center and WV Citizens for Clean Elections submitted the following comments to the State Election Commission regarding the proposed rule to implement SB 622. We recommend a number of ways the rule can be strengthened to prevent circumvention of the law and to hold politicians and those who spend money to influence our elections accountable. We also ask the Commission to help strengthen political transparency in West Virginia by supporting future legislation to end “dark money” spending in the state. More
Issues: Dark MoneyDemocracyDisclosureTransparency
Alerts and Updates WVCCE July 2, 2019
Tell the State Election Commission to Support Transparency, Hold Politicians Accountable
Earlier this year, legislators passed SB 622, a bill that is disastrous for those of us who want elections where candidates listen to the voices of everyday people, not wealthy donors and special interests. Right now, the State Election Commission is writing rules on how the new law will be implemented and enforced.  We looked at the rules, and they need to be strengthened. You can help! Please send a letter to the Commission urging them to support increased transparency and to strengthen the rules to hold politicians accountable. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosureSecret MoneyTransparency
Alerts and Updates WVCCE May 9, 2019
Join Us for a Public Screening of Knock Down the House
Join us Sunday, May 19 at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston for the first West Virginia screening of the new documentary Knock Down the House hosted by our partners at the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC). Doors open at 6:30 PM and the film begins at 7:00 PM. The film follows four determined women on the campaign trail as they challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 election. Although the West Virginia legislature recently passed a bill (SB 622) to allow more money into our elections, it's exciting to see new leaders emerging who are saying no to big-money and rejecting politics as usual. The way forward isn't with laws like SB 622. The solution is empowering small donors, ensuring equal access to the ballot box, and giving everyday people a greater voice in the political process More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracy
Alerts and Updates WVCCE March 14, 2019
Tell Governor Justice: Veto SB 622
Despite the way practically every West Virginia voter, regardless of their party affiliation, feels about the state of our politics and money’s role in it, West Virginia politicians charged ahead with SB 622 — the bill no one asked for. No one except wealthy special interests of course. We want our elected officials to listen to us, the people — not wealthy special interests. SB 622 goes against this will and gives a greater voice to the wealthy and special interests that try to buy our elections, and that's wrong! Send a message to Governor Justice and ask him to veto SB 622. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosureTransparency
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