Reforming our democracy is essential to protecting our water, taking bold action to address the climate crisis, and protecting our communities. The influence of corporate special interests has slowed or even reversed progress cleaning up toxic chemicals, safeguarding drinking water sources, and holding polluters accountable. As Clean Water Action documented in 2016 and 2017, the fossil fuel industry has used its dark money to weaken protections, skirt accountability, and enrich itself while putting our water at risk and contributing greatly to the climate crisis.
That’s why we support The For the People Act (HR1/S1). This transformative legislation is exactly what we need to reinvigorate our democracy and ensure that the people’s voice is heard loud and clear. The for the People Act passed the House of Representatives on March 4, 2021. Now the Senate must pass this critical bill. Click here to send a message to your Senators, asking them to support The For the People Act.
The For the People Act would:
- Expand and protect voting rights and access to the ballot;
- Put people and communities ahead of big money donors;
- End gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn;
- Clean up government and hold elected officials to the highest ethical standards.
We, the people, made our voices heard in record numbers in last November’s election. In the lead up to the election, many states expanded access to mail in voting and lengthened the windows for early in-person voting. After the election, people spoke out to make sure every vote was counted and fought back against attempts to delegitimize the election. It was inspiring. Despite all of this, our democracy is still in trouble. Voting was made easier, but still too many people faced difficulty voting. Certain elected officials continue to attempt to disenfranchise voters. Too much dark money distorts our elections and corporate special interests use their deep pockets to buy influence at every level of government. If we truly want to protect clean water, safeguard our communities, and address the climate crisis, we must reform and strengthen our democracy.
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