Making Government Work for Us

Americans feel disconnected from their elected officials. Americans witness gridlock, partisanship and obstruction and are looking for ways to change the system so that we have a government that is of, by and for the people.  

Fix the Senate Now seeks to address these concerns by advocating for sensible change to the rules governing the U.S. Senate to end gridlock and allow the institution to meet some of our country’s greatest challenges. The U.S. Senate has become a place where too many important issues don't get even one minute of discussion and debate on the Senate floor.  In recent years, the Senate has passed fewer thatn 5 percent of the bills that are introduced.  Too many critical issues never make it to the Senate floor. The current situation with the refusal of Senate leadership to hold a hearing on a nominated Supreme Court Justice, is only the most recent example of the Senate shirking its Constitutional responsibilities.  



The Fix the Senate Now campaign includes over seventy labor, civil rights, voting rights, environmental, good government and other like-minded membership organizations that seek to restore equality to our political system. We are the voices of everyday Americans who believe that our U.S. Senate needs to debate solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our country faces and help us to find solutions. 

Testimony 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.

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The DI Report: Democracy Awakening

DI Report

This weekend, a mass movement of thousands of activists and advocates from more than 300 labor, environment, civil rights, and faith organizations, descended on Capitol Hill for Democracy Awakening in a brilliant display of... Read More

The DI Report: The DI's 3rd Annual Convening, 5th Anniversary of Citizens United, And Looking Ahead

DI Report

Welcome to the first DI Report of the new year, it has been a busy and productive time! Since our last edition, the Democracy Initiative brought together 220 leaders of DI organizations and other groups in our largest and most dynamic annual Convening to date last December. Building off of the priorities set at the Convening, we have launched a comprehensive and coordinated planning process to set priorities and plans for 2015 and 2016 and helped organize a national day of action around the... Read More

The DI Report: Shelby County, Constitutional Amendment, CWA Legislative Conference, & Delaware

DI Report

This summer, the Democracy Initiative continued to fight for our democracy and engage activists around the country to stand up for our future. The stakes have never been higher as powerful interests are spending unprecedented amounts in campaign contributions and the health of our voting rights remains tenuous in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act and new laws implemented since the last election that circumscribe the ability of many to vote.  ... Read More

The DI Report: McCutcheon, NY Public Finance, and National Voter Registration Act

DI Report

Welcome to the second installment of the Democracy Initiative’s newsletter. We have continued our fast pace and remain actively engaged on the critical issues facing our country. This has been a tough month in the wake of McCutcheon, but we remain determined to save our democracy from big money and special interests.

Please continue reading for an update on our recent work.

Supreme Court Hands Down Disappointing Decision in McCutcheon v. FEC
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The DI Report: Virtual Teach-In, Government By the People Act, and More

DI Report

Welcome to the first installment of the Democracy Initiative's monthly newsletter. We have had an exciting start to 2014 and look forward to advancing the critical issues facing our nation: money in politics, voting rights, and Senate rules reform. 

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on our recent work. 

2014 Democracy Initiative Convening 

On January 8, 2014, the Democracy Initiative held a follow up meeting to our first large... Read More