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Press Release Julie Archer November 16, 2022
West Virginia Voters Win With Defeat of Amendment 1
Under the changes proposed in Amendment 1, an extremist state legislature could have removed any public servant – and overturned the will of the people – without due process. We're proud of West Virginia voters for coming together and defending their right to democracy. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair Courts
Document Julie Archer October 24, 2022
Amendment 1 Letter to the Editor Toolkit
Background:  Following reports of lavish spending on office renovations in 2018, West Virginia’s House of Delegates voted to impeach all four sitting justices on the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals. One of the impeached justices, Margaret Workman, filed a lawsuit to stop her impeachment trial, arguing legislators overstepped their constitutional authority. A panel of acting […] More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer October 17, 2022
Are You Ready to Vote?
Make sure you are ready to vote. The deadline to register or update your registration in WV is Tuesday, October 18. Don’t miss a chance to make your voice heard in this election. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Press Release Julie Archer September 28, 2022
Amendment No. 1 Would Destroy Checks and Balances in W.V.
Amendment No. 1 would make it so that no court in the state could intervene to protect the right to a fair hearing of a public official facing impeachment, no matter how frivolous the charge or constitutionally flawed the process. In the hands of a partisan majority, this new power could be abused to oust political opponents without cause, thereby eroding existing checks and balances between the three branches of government and undercutting public trust in the political process.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer April 11, 2022
WVCCE Comments on Anti-Bias Rules for WV Intermediate Court and WV Supreme Court of Appeals
At a time when the code of conduct for the U.S. Supreme Court is under increased scrutiny for lacking such procedures and leaving it the Justices themselves to decide whether to recuse, the West Virginia Supreme Court has an opportunity to adopt strong anti-bias rules that will increase public confidence in the new Intermediate Court of Appeals, as well as in the state Supreme Court itself.  More
Issues: Dark MoneyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer February 25, 2022
Take Action for Voting Rights
We need you to take action on two bills related to voting rights before the WV Legislature. Tell legislators to end voter disenfranchisement and protect our say-so on the courts. More
Issues: Fair CourtsVoting Rights
Document Julie Archer February 22, 2022
HB 4785 – Letter to the Editor Toolkit
In response to former Justice Evan Jenkins’s recent resignation from the State Supreme Court, members the House of Delegates are moving quickly to strip West Virginians of their ability to have a say in who will fill the seat left vacant by Jenkins’s departure. We have a process in place for filling judicial vacancies and […] More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer December 22, 2021
The Foundation of Our Democracy
We must keep the pressure on our Senators to pass bold democracy reform at the federal level that will protect and strengthen our freedom to vote, while continuing the fight at the state level to ensure that our courts are free from political and special interest influence and can protect our rights and guard against abuses of power. Can you make a donation so we continue fighting for free, fair, and safe elections and fair and impartial courts? More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Press Release Julie Archer August 12, 2021
With Release of Redistricting Data, WVCCE Highlights the Role of Fair Courts in the Ensuring Fair Districts
With the the release local-level data, WV Citizens for Clean Elections is emphasizing the key role fair and impartial courts will play in the redistricting process, serving as a bulwark against efforts from lawmakers looking to divide neighborhoods and silence certain voices for their own political gain. In short, fair courts ensure fair districts. More
Issues: Fair CourtsRedistricting
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer June 24, 2021
TODAY in Charleston: Black Voters Matter #FreedomRide2021
Voting rights are under attack nationwide! If you are in or near Charleston, WV this evening come on out to get informed, inspired, and energized to protect this most basic right of democracy. #FreedomRide2021 More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Press Release Julie Archer June 21, 2021
Virtual Town Hall on Protecting Our Courts and the Freedom to Vote
The West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections coalition will host a statewide virtual town hall with representatives from the West Virginia AFL-CIO, Brennan Center for Justice TONIGHT, Monday, June 21, at 7 p.m. to highlight how state-level attacks on judicial independence are interconnected with the fight to protect the freedom to vote. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer June 18, 2021
You’re Invited to a Democracy and State Courts Town Hall
Join us for a conversation about fair courts and the For the People Act featuring state and national experts. This virtual town hall will highlight how state-level attacks on judicial independence are interconnected with the fight to protect the freedom to vote. We’ll also discuss how these attacks impact the rights of West Virginia workers and families.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer June 16, 2021
Join Us for WV for the People Days of Action!
It's important for everyday West Virginians to be engaged in the fight to strengthen our democracy and pass the For The People Act. This week is West Virginians for Democracy's For the People Days of Action! We aim to show the widespread,  bipartisan support across the state for the For the People Act through a series of online and in person events. Please join us!  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Press Release Julie Archer June 11, 2021
Virtual Proceedings Pose Challenges to Judicial Fairness
If not handled properly, remote video proceedings can cause serious damage to litigants’ rights, making it impossible to guarantee West Virginians a fair day in court. West Virginia’s new, powerful intermediate appellate court is set to begin operations in July 2022. In May, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Evan Jenkins announced his intention of making the court entirely virtual, without offering any information on what the court would do to mitigate the potential harms of ending in-person proceedings.  More
Issues: Criminal JusticeFair Courts
Press Release WVCCE June 3, 2021
West Virginians Need to Know Their Judges Are Being Picked for the Right Reasons
Precious little information has been released to the public about the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals, which is set to begin operations in July 2022. Among the omissions is a clear criteria for how members of the court will be selected. West Virginians deserve to know when and why judges are being picked for their jobs. A public set of criteria will help prevent any direct or indirect political favoritism, safeguard the integrity of the court and preserve public confidence in our judiciary. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparency
Press Release WVCCE May 27, 2021
West Virginians Deserve Full Transparency on Intermediate Court
Courts can only be considered fair and impartial if they are created and staffed in a fair and impartial manner. To ensure the public’s trust and confidence in the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals, it’s imperative that the governor’s office provide a public calendar or schedule outlining the appointment process along with clear criteria for potential appointments. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparency
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer April 20, 2021
Threats to Fair and Impartial Courts
Two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts were passed by the WV Legislature. One was signed into law by the Governor last week. The other will go before voters in November of 2022 in the form of a proposed amendment to the state Constitution.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates WVCCE April 19, 2021
Moving Forward
West Virginians banded together during the legislative session to help defeat a few bad bills, including threats to voting rights. However, two measures we opposed related to West Virginia courts were passed by the WV Legislature. We need your help. Donate now to help us build a campaign to stop the impeachment amendment at the ballot and monitor the creation of the intermediate court. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Take Action to Stop Power Grabs, Protect Voting Rights
Click here for an update and actions you can take to stop legislative power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary. With 43 states, including West Virginia, trying to make it harder to vote, we must take action to fight suppression efforts. At the WV Legislature that means opposing SB 565, which would limit access to early voting, gut automatic voter registration, and make it easier to remove voters from the registration rolls. Please take action today. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Courts and the Constitution
After quickly passing their house of origin and then clearing their first committee assignment in the other, two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts slowed down. Now one has cleared another legislative hurdle, and the other is likely to be on the move again soon as we enter the final two weeks of the legislative session. Here’s a quick update and actions you can take to stop these power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparencyWV Supreme Court
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