Demand Progress Action
Driven by smart policy insight and strategy, Demand Progress Action organizes grassroots campaigns and diverse coalitions to achieve progress in civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform. Demand Progress Action has helped lead the public push for reform of surveillance practices at the hands of the National Security Agency, driving more than 130,000 phone calls and 1.8 million emails to Congress and organizing dozens of meetings across the country between constituents and their lawmakers in support of surveillance reform. Between 2014-2016, Demand Progress Action was a leading organizer to install rules that prevent internet service providers from manipulating content flows in service of private profit. It co-organized the Internet Slowdown and other activism that compelled more than three million people to urge the FCC to adopt net neutrality rules, and to demand that Congress support those rules. It also intervened in successful litigation to defend the rules in court. The Sixteen Thirty Fund provides advocacy and lobbying support services, ensures compliance with lobbying requirements, provides project accounting and timely financial reporting, and manages contracts. Demand Progress Action has a sister project hosted at the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Through a cost-sharing agreement, project staff seamlessly track their time between the two initiatives and work closely with Sixteen Thirty Fund’s team to ensure donor and tax compliance.