February 21st - Julian Drucker + Freedom to Vote Act
Julian Drucker began his music supervision career at Deep Cut Music under Maggie Phillips, with whom he worked on numerous award-winning series and films, including The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Homecoming (Amazon), Legion (FX) and Isn’t It Romantic (New Line). At the start of 2019, Julian became the first employee at Yay Team Productions, led by Amanda Krieg Thomas, where he worked as a Music Coordinator on a wide array of critically-acclaimed TV and film projects, such as American Horror Story (FX), Pose (FX), Big Mouth (Netflix) and movie musical The Prom (Netflix). Now as an independent Music Supervisor, Julian has worked on various indie films, Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World (ABC), Love Island (CBS) and 9-1-1 Lone Star (FOX).
Originally from New York City, Julian grew up with two professional string players as parents and has been surrounded by wonderful music from an early age. He studied musical theater composition at Yale and has written music and lyrics for two full-length musicals, both of which have been given workshops and performances in theaters across the country. Julian composed an album of meditation-inspired electronic music for a SF-based contemporary dance ensemble, who put on six performances at the Exploratorium in November, 2021. Julian is an active composer in a variety of genres, writing regularly for pop artists, classical ensembles and film and video game scores.
Background on Freedom to Vote Act
We've put a lot of emphasis on voting rights here at Sync Music for a Change because without a functioning democracy, we can't make positive change. In April we asked you to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and in August we rallied around the For The People Act. Those two bills both failed in the Senate due to lack of GOP support. The GOP does not want to act to support voting rights because these laws would make it easier for minorities to vote, which Republicans believe will not favor them. Basically, they feel that they're more likely to lose if all Americans can vote freely, and much of their base feels that Black Americans’ electoral participation is inherently fraudulent or illegitimate. That's the ugly reality that we have to fight, but fight we must.
We're still working to get some sort of legislation passed that would protect the right to vote. The Freedom to Vote Act is a compromise bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday. The bill expands voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) and voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting). It also limits removing voters from voter rolls.
It's not an easy win, but the stakes are too high to not push our senators, both Democratic and Republican, to pass this legislation.
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Write to your senators to pass the freedom to vote act. Here’s a sample email:
Dear Senator [YOUR SENATOR’S LAST NAME]
I’m writing as your constituent to urge you to support the Freedom To Vote Act, which contains many of the bold policies from the For the People Act that the House of Representatives has already passed.
Please do everything in your power to make sure that this bill receives an up-or-down vote to become the law of the land, with or without the filibuster.
It’s clear that our democracy is still under attack, from the failed insurrection attempt earlier this year to continued voter suppression tactics targeting predominantly Black and Brown voters. Too many Americans feel that they don’t have a voice in government, and that’s why we need big, bold democracy reform to empower all of us.
The Freedom To Vote Act is the transformative democracy reform package that we need to amplify the voices of all Americans. I hope we can count on you to make the Freedom To Vote Act the law of the land, so we can strengthen the right to vote, help get big money out of politics, and clean up our government.
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