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10 June, 2021

Lawyers, cartoonists and musicians fight for democracy with their special superpowers

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Lawyers, cartoonists and musicians fight for democracy in their own way

From each according to his ability...

In the fight to protect American democracy, different groups give as only they can. Here are three wonderful groups to be aware of and support.

How can voter suppression and racism be challenged? How do you cut through the noise to speak truth to power? How do you attract and engage more people to vote and be involved? The law, humor and music.

Voting should be accessible for all citizens, no matter where they live, the color of their skin or how much money they make.

Campaign Legal Center

The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center (CLCadvances democracy through law at the federal, state and local levels, fighting for every American’s rights to responsive government and a fair opportunity to participate in and affect the democratic process. It advances democracy through law, fighting for every American’s right to participate in the democratic process. It uses litigation, policy advocacy, communications and partnerships to win victories that result in a more transparent, accountable and inclusive democracy. It's long-term goal is a government responsive to the people.

CLC Files Suit To Block Kansas’ Anti-Voter Law. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of VoteAmerica and the Voter Participation Center, two nonprofit charitable organizations focused on encouraging voters to vote by mail, seeks to block enforcement of a new Kansas law restricting the distribution of advance mail ballot applications to voters in the state.

Fighting the Barriers To Voting Americans With Disabilities Face In 2021. CLC represented the League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS), the League of Women Voters of New York (LWVNY) and Carmelita Palmer, who lives in the state of New York and has been diagnosed with a neurological condition that causes hand tremors. This lawsuit stopped the state from using an unreliable signature match process to justify rejecting voters’ ballots.

GOP Election Nonsense lampooned in Political Cartoons
GOP Bipartisan Nonsense lampooned in Political Cartoons

Political Cartoons

Cartoons speak truth to power, and can bring crowds to protest in the streets around the world. Check Political Cartoons, founded by Daryl Cagle to see some of the best editorial cartoons.

Journalism is threatened as newspapers lose advertisers to Facebook and Google. Experts predict that a large percentage of newspapers won’t survive the pandemic economic slump, and as newspapers sink, editorial cartoonists who depend on newspapers sink too. Use cartoons in your messaging and support this valuable resource for democracy.

Face The Music connects artist with voting rights, social justice and environmental campaigns and candidates.

Face The Music

Face The Music is a collective of creative activists committed to helping raise the voice of social justice. They combine creative activism with social justice advocacy, to galvanize others to become involved in the democratic process.

It connects artist-activists with supportive communities to inspire individual action and perform at progressive events to increase turnout and public engagement. Face The Music artists utilize calls to actions developed by partner organizations because the most effective approach to create positive social change comes from groups with expertise for the cause. Since launching in early 2020, we have raised over $50K for grassroots organizations and campaigns with over 50 live and online performances.

Singer-songwriter OFLO records an acoustic guitar set to get out the vote.

OFLO: Artist makes an appeal

"I would like to ask all of you watching a huge favor. We have a very big election coming up this November, and frankly, American democracy needs all the help it can get. If you are at least 16 years of age, if you are a legal resident of the United States, or if you are a registered voter, then you can click the link right up above, right there, and register to become a poll worker at your local polling place. Poll workers provide an essential service. They make sure that the voting process goes smoothly and can be the difference between a chaotic experience and an organized experience. 

So if you're wondering, how can I get involved in this election? How can I play my part? Being a poll worker is a wonderful way. Not only to provide a service to the to the country, and to get involved in this election, but also to get involved in your community and, as an added plus, make a little extra money on the side. So please do click this link right up above poll workers are essential and we need your help. Just takes a couple minutes off your day, and you'll be doing a huge service to the entire country. Thank you so much and happy voting. Cheers!" - OFLO.

TakeAway: Connect with and support legal, cartoonist and musical groups fighting for American democracy.

Deepak
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