“I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests” – President Barack Obama, January 27, 2010
Neither do I. Please consider joining Democracy Spring, in any way you can. No one has to commit to all parts. All who want our government to become of, by and for us must show support!
If at least 1000 people pledge to risk arrest in by Dec 15, 99Rise, Avaaz, and a growing coalition will organize Democracy Spring — the largest American civil disobedience action in a generation next April in Washington, DC. We had 421 on Nov 17, and 612 by Nov 21.
By Nov 26, we had already shattered the minimum needed, with 1,024. We are headed to OUR nation’s capital, via the birthplace of freedom!
Lawrence Lessig, Zephyr Teachout, Cenk Uygur, Ben Cohen, Captain Ray Lewis and Mark Ruffalo are among us who have pledged to risk arrest and over 40 organizations signed on to help (including me and “The People For Bernie Sanders 2016”, see link).
There are many volunteer positions, most do not risk arrest for peaceful demonstration. FOR EXAMPLE, I am signed up to Lead a regional organizing hub and coordinate local outreach, mobilization & logistics, to Reach out to groups or organizations to join the Democracy Spring coalition, to Mobilize other individuals to pledge to risk arrest, march, or volunteer, and to Promote the campaign on social media.
On April 2, we gather at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and embark on a 10-day march to the US Capitol in Washington DC. Before setting out, we will present a simple choice to Congress: take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in politics and make the 2016 elections free and fair, or be prepared to send thousands of patriotic Americans to jail simply for demanding an equal voice.
When we arrive at the Capitol on April 11, the march will be joined by thousands who’ve come from across the country to make a stand for our freedom. At that point, either Congress will have miraculously come to its senses and passed the perfectly viable reform bills now pending before it, or those who protect corruption will leave us no choice but to reclaim the People’s House in massive, disruptive, nonviolent sit-ins.
Beneath the dome of the rotunda, on the steps outside the Capitol, and in the offices of our supposed representatives, we will engage in peaceful civil disobedience for at least a week.
In The Meantime, Act Right Now
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
“Take action to fight secret money immediately – and redeem your failed money in politics legacy
President Obama: In the nearly 6 years since Citizens United, super PACs and undisclosed money have come to dominate elections.
You have tools at your disposal to fight this influx of secret money into politics.
But you have done nothing.
You must act now or be remembered as the president whose inaction aided the rise of secret money politics.
We demand that before your State of the Union address, you issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending within 24 hours of it happening, taking effect before July 4, 2016.
We also demand that you immediately call on the leaders you appointed to the SEC, IRS, and FCC to use their authority to unmask secret political donors, and fill all 5 FEC openings with nominees who will enforce the law.”
Published: Nov 16, 2015
As of Nov 18, 26,150 total signatures on this petition. Not bad for less than 2 full days.
73,850 signatures needed by December 16, 2015 to reach goal of 100,000, to force a response by President Obama
November 18, 2015
Signature # 23,629
36,698 signatures as of 11:15 am, Nov 19. Go…
47,923 on Nov 21. Keep going…
64,481 on Nov 26. Almost 2/3 there and 20 days left.
In The Meantime, Act on Nov 28:
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