Citizen Action Monitor

DEMOCRACY SPRING — Huge U.S. civil disobedience march and sit-in planned for Washington this April

Action will demand Congress get big money out of politics, ensure free and fair elections.

No 1568 Posted by fw, January 18, 2016

“It’s time to take mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy. Next April, in Washington, D.C., we will demand that Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice. The campaign will begin on April 2nd with a march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. where, if Congress has failed to meet our demand, thousands will gather to reclaim the US Capitol in a powerful, peaceful, and massive sit-in that no one can ignore. Over 1,500 people have already pledged to risk arrest between April 11th-16th in what will be one of the largest civil disobedience actions in a generation. Join us!”Democracy Spring

WE KNOW THAT THIS IS NO ORDINARY TASK. BUT THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY TIMES.

Among the more than 2,700 who have already signed up to join the action are: Mark Ruffalo, Lawrence Lessig, Zephyr Teachout, Frances Moore Lappé, Cenk Uygur, Medea Benjamin, Ben Cohen, and Jim Hightower.

Below is a repost from the Democracy Spring website. For more information, and to sign up, click on the following linked title

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Democracy Spring

SIT IN WITH THOUSANDS. SAVE DEMOCRACY FOR MILLIONS.

It’s time to take mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy. Next April, in Washington, D.C., we will demand that Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.

The campaign will begin on April 2nd with a march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. where, if Congress has failed to meet our demand, thousands will gather to reclaim the US Capitol in a powerful, peaceful, and massive sit-in that no one can ignore. Over 1,500 people have already pledged to risk arrest between April 11th-16th in what will be one of the largest civil disobedience actions in a generation. Join us!

TAKE THE PLEDGE

  • I pledge to be one of at least 1000 who will risk arrest to save democracy in DC between April 11 – 15
  • I pledge to come to Washington DC to support the sit in through legal protest but cannot risk arrest
  • I want to join the march from Philadelphia to Washington DC, sometime between April 2 – 11
  • I want to volunteer to help organize this campaign

WHY THIS? WHY NOW?

Every American deserves an equal voice in government. That is our birthright of freedom, won through generations of struggle. But today our democracy is in crisis. In this post-Citizens United era, American elections are dominated by billionaires and big money interests who can spend unlimited sums of campaign money to protect their special interests at the general expense. Meanwhile, as the super-rich dominate the “money primary” that decides who can run for office, almost half of the states in the union have passed new laws that disenfranchise everyday voters, especially people of color and the poor.

This corruption violates the core principle of American democracy  “one person, one vote” citizen equality. And it is blocking reform on virtually every critical issue facing our country: from addressing historic economic inequality, to tackling climate change and ending mass incarceration. We simply cannot solve the urgent crises that face our nation if we don’t save democracy first.

But if the status quo goes unchallenged, the 2016 election — already set to be the most billionaire-dominated, secret money-drenched, voter suppression-marred contest in modern American history — will likely yield a President and a Congress more bound to the masters of big money than ever before. And our planet and people just can’t afford that. But there is another possibility.

WHAT IF WE CAN INTERVENE IN A WAY THAT NO ONE CAN IGNORE TO MAKE THIS ELECTION A TURNING POINT TOWARD REFORM?

The moment is ripe. Poll after poll shows transpartisan public frustration with the corrupt status quo reaching new, nearly unanimous highs. Voters in Maine and Seattle just passed bold new anti-corruption laws to enact citizen funded elections. A growing democracy movement has lifted this issue into the public debate. Yet Congress refuses to act.

The stage is set for a bold intervention to turn the tinder of passive public frustration into a fire that transforms the political climate in America. How? From Selma to Occupy Wall Street, the Tar Sands Action to Black Lives Matter, everyday people have proven the power of mass, escalating nonviolent action to rapidly shift the political weather and open the door to reforms previously considered impossible.

NOW IT’S OUR TURN.

Next spring, in the heart of the primary season, as the national election begins to take center stage, Americans of all ages, faiths, political perspectives, and walks of life will bring the popular cry for change to Washington in a way that’s impossible to ignore: with nonviolent civil disobedience on a historic scale.

We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take immediate action to save our democracy. And we won’t leave until they do — or until they send thousands of us to jail, along with the unmistakable message that our country needs a new Congress, one that that will end the legalized corruption of our democracy and ensure that every American has an equal voice in government.

With hundreds of patriotic Americans being sent to jail, day after day for at least a week — simply for sitting in to save our democracy — the drama in Washington will rock the business-as-usual cycle of this election and catapult this critical issue onto center stage. We will focus the nation’s attention as never before on the urgency of this crisis, the existence of solutions to it, and the strength of the popular demand to enact them. We will make this election a referendum on whether our democracy should belong to the People as a whole or to the billionaire class alone.

That’s a referendum we can win, setting the stage to achieve fundamental reformthat will give us — finally —  the democracy for all we were promised.

WE KNOW THAT THIS IS NO ORDINARY TASK. BUT THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY TIMES.

This is the hour to stand tall, to challenge each other to rise to this historic moment in which we did not choose to live, but which we now must choose to face. With love, with courageous hope, with the legacy of those who struggled for freedom before us in our minds — we must act with a determination matching the urgency of this crisis.

Already, many leaders and public figures have pledged to risk arrest and nearly 50 organizations have signed on to this non-partisan campaign (as listed below). We are ready to take this bold step and will provide the necessary training and legal support to all who will join us. But to do this successfully, we need to know we can do it at a historic scale. We need to know that enough people who believe as we do and love our country as we do are ready to join us.

Take the pledge: help us make history and save our democracy.

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