80+ Groups Detail How Biden Can Foster ‘Democratic Renewal at Home and Abroad’

BY JESSICA CORBETT
31 January 2022

Dozens of U.S. civil society groups sent a letter Monday to top advisers of President Joe Biden explaining how his administration can have a “successful” year of action between his December “Summit for Democracy” and a forthcoming event planned for late 2022.

“This upcoming year presents an opportunity for the United States to engage in self-reflection, learn from global experiences, and take bold action to demonstrate accountability.”
More than 80 organizations came together for the letter—addressed to Susan Rice, Biden’s domestic policy adviser, and Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, but also shared with 10 other key members of his administration.

Emphasizing the coalition’s goal to “support democratic renewal at home and abroad,” the letter states that this year should reflect not just U.S. “international leadership on the issues of democracy and human rights, but also a robust effort domestically to implement new policies and live up to commitments already made that address the summit’s three pillars: strengthening democracy, fighting corruption, and promoting human rights.”