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A Newsletter Just Trying to Save Democracy


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Every election year, there is a similar refrain: “This is the most important election of our lifetime!”

But this year, it’s true. 

This year, democracy itself really is on the ballot. That’s not hyperbole. It’s not a fundraising ploy. It’s a cold, hard fact. 

Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed the shocking rise of authoritarianism and all of the ugliest fellow –isms that ride alongside it. We’ve watched an entire political party embrace its most radical extremes, unapologetically screaming the quiet parts out loud.

That party doesn’t want you to vote. And if you do vote, they want to make sure your vote doesn’t matter. 

It’s almost enough to make you want to throw your hands up and say, “We’re fucked.” 

But it’s not over yet. Not a single vote has been cast. While the historical trends are not in our favor, odds are not destiny. Yes, they’re a warning of what’s at stake, but also an urgent call to action.

Because we can save democracy. It isn’t too late. 

That’s why in March 2022, DAME Magazine is launching The Stakes, a newsletter to help voters understand the many ways democracy itself is on the ballot this November, and what you can do to make sure democracy wins.

Written and edited by Kaili Joy Gray, every issue of The Stakes, we’ll examine a different aspect of our democracy that’s on the line in this election: free speech, the judiciary, schools, Congress. We’ll look at the big picture: why it matters and what could happen if we lose. We’ll look at some of the worst actors who are trying to undermine our governing system, and we’ll be honest with you about the real consequences of their actions. 

But we’ll also talk about the candidates and organizations fighting to preserve it, who you can support to make a difference. 

And we’ll give you some fighting words to keep you going. Your words, in fact. We want to hear from you, and how you’re planning to vote to make the country better

We’ve all heard enough — more than enough — from the red-hatted voters in rural diners and why they’re continuing to vote to make the country worse. Now it’s time we hear from everyone else — and why you’re voting to make the country better.

So let us know your reason for showing up on Election Day, so we can share it with our readers in future editions of The Stakes to help them keep up the fight. Because when the odds are against you, every bit of inspiration helps. Just fill out this form here to possibly have your quotes included in a future issue.

Does the world really need another newsletter? We think so. Because this really is the most important election of our lifetime. And talking about how to protect our democracy isn’t just important — it’s essential. 

If this sounds like exactly what you need to help you get through the next nine months — to stay angry, yes, but mostly inspired to act — you need The Stakes in your inbox. Sign up today.