Defensive Democracy Advocacy

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: SiX Action
Amount: $300,000 in 2020 over two years

What is SiX Action?

SiX Action is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)4 strategy and advocacy organization that works to secure real, lasting reforms that support working families, protect the environment, defend civil rights and liberties, and strengthen our democracy. They accomplish this through issue advocacy, support around messaging and political strategy, and engagement with state legislators, progressive leaders, and state and national advocates.

Why do we think this project is important?

The Defensive Democracy Advocacy project pushed back against a variety of voter suppression tactics that resulted in targeted obstacles to voting and registration, and the abuse of redistricting for political and personal gain. The project focused on Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina due to these states’ histories on voting registration requirements.

In addition to pro-voter policy advocacy, the Defensive Democracy Advocacy project developed and offered cross-state resources, virtual learning opportunities, and technical assistance to legislators. These resources included education for legislators about post-election crisis scenarios, and how they could support peaceful resolutions, transitions, and reform in 2021. Briefings or materials covered post-election crisis scenarios (e.g. disputed vote counting and rampant post-election misinformation); the role of state legislators in the selection of presidential electors and legal ambiguities; and messaging guidance to help legislators navigate different crisis scenarios.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting SiX Action?

In 2020, Democracy Fund Voice approved a two-year grant of $300,000 to SiX Action.