Democracy Spring – Sit In with Thousands. Save Democracy for Millions

“I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests”  – President Barack Obama, January 27, 2010

Neither do I.  So let’s #GetMoneyOut of our politics.

“Day after day, Congress will have a choice: to put hundreds of disciplined, dignified democracy defenders in handcuffs, or simply do its job to listen to the people and fix this broken system.” ~ Democracy Spring, December 2, 2015

Sisters and Brothers Against Big Money in Politics:

I am the Democracy Spring Central PA Regional Hub Leader.  We have 3,404 signed up, as of April 5.

Please consider joining Democracy Spring, at the site below, 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

S. T.
November 18, 2015
Signature # 23,629

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/take-action-fight-secret-money-immediately-and-redeem-your-failed-money-politics-legacy

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.

88,233 with 10 days left.  11,767 more signers to force a response by The White House.

We easily collected the 100,000 signatures required, and in his response to us (at that same link), President Barack Obama has said:

“We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics, so that a handful of families and hidden interests can’t bankroll our elections.”

And in our 2016 POTUS Primaries

On Feb 9, Bernie Sanders crushed establishment candidate Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.  Donald Trump easily took every single delegate on the GOP side as will.  Both had double digit leads over their nearest opponents.  What did both winners AND their nearest opponents have in common?  Not much, and maybe nothing else.  But here is one glaring issue they all have had in common:

Let’s recap the positions of the winners in NH, per NHRebellion, an organization founded solely to get big money out of politics.

TheBern:
“The American people will not continue to accept a corrupt campaign finance system that is undermining American democracy.”

Clinton:
“Senator Sanders and I both want to get secret, unaccountable money out of politics and [overturn] Citizens United.”

Trump:
Has consistently called for full transparency, banning Super PACs, closing the revolving door, and even expressed support for small donor citizen-funded elections

Kasich:
Would support full transparency and nonpartisan redistricting reform, and is open to banning Super PACs and passing citizen-funded elections

Jeb Bush:
Has joined former candidates Lindsay Graham and Jim Gilmore in supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

In his response to our recent petition to him (above), President Barack Obama has said:
““We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics, so that a handful of families and hidden interests can’t bankroll our elections.”

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About steventodd

Both parties are broken by big money...what to do? I'm a dad, husband, son, taxpayer, voter, civil engineer, reporter, blogger, rabble-rouser and honest guy.
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2 Responses to Democracy Spring – Sit In with Thousands. Save Democracy for Millions

  1. Mark Wiener says:

    Seems as if without changing the Constitution a buncha people will be arrested in vain.

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    • steventodd says:

      Then it is long, long past time to change the piece of paper written by folks who aren’t even alive anymore. Or…

      “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”

      ~ The unanimous Declaration of Independence of the thirteen united States of America, July 4, 1776.

      Just throwing it out there, since it worked out pretty well for the last group of traitors who tried it, after nothing else worked.

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