zTestimony to DNC Platform Committee

Testimony of Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative before the Democratic National Committee Platform Drafting Committee

Members of the Democratic National Committee Platform Drafting Committee, thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of the Democracy Initiative and our 30 million members of groups like the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Communication Workers, Common Cause, NAACP and the AFL-CIO.

Our democracy is under siege. The political system is overwhelmed by wealthy donors and corporate money. And the fundamental democratic value of “one person, one vote” is under attack in states across the country.

The 59 organizations that have united under the Democracy Initiative – representing civil rights, labor, voting rights, environmental, democracy and other like-minded organizations – bring together voices who know that we must break free from our individual issue silos to build a movement sufficiently powerful to create the long-term change our democracy requires and constituents demand.