06 April 2016

DEMOCRACY SPRING; Countdown to the largest act of civil disobedience this century 5APR16

DEMOCRACY SPRING. This time it isn't a pro democracy movement in some autocratic country, it is a series of non-violent protest, lobbying actions and non-violent civil disobedience against citizens united, the US Supreme Court decision that legalized the selling and buying of politicians, government offices, government agencies, courts whose judges are elected and the decisions they make. Millions of people have been making their opposition to citizens united known with their primary votes. Tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of people (numbers not seen in D.C. since the massive anti war protest right before george w bush's illegal and immoral  Iraq war) will be in D.C. demanding congress pass legislation that will nullify the citizens united ruling. Check out this from one of the organizations involved, the +BoldProgressives of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and click the links to sign up to attend or to donate to cover expenses of this massive action or both! I will be attending on 15 & 16 of APR. And remember this, Bernie Sanders is the only 2016 presidential  candidate among the Democratic and republican candidates who doesn't accept corporate and super-pac campaign donations....

The march for campaign finance reform and voting rights that began Saturday in Philadelphia is in Delaware now. Today, the moving protest crosses into Maryland. It will continue until it reaches Washington DC onApril 10.
Turn on images to see the marchers.
The Democracy Spring march from Philadelphia to Washington DC is underway.
You can join along the route until April 10 when the marchers reach the U.S. Capitol. You can also sign up for the sit-in and protests happeningApril 11-16 at the Capitol and the big Washington DC rally and weekend of action taking place April 16-18.
-- Keith Rouda, PCCC organizer

MSNBC headline: Pro-democracy rally frightens conservative media
Starting this weekend, we and hundreds of progressive ally organizations such as 99 Rise will mobilize by the thousands to demand a democracy where the voices of everyday people can be heard. (You may remember 99 Rise from the history-making video MSNBC showed of their Citizens United protest inside the Supreme Court.) 
We will demand that Congress take immediate action to reverse Citizens United, pass public financing of elections, and overturn voter suppression laws.
Right now, activists are marching from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to Washington DC. There, thousands of us will gather to reclaim the U.S. Capitol in a powerful, peaceful, and massive sit-in that no one can ignore.
Mark Ruffalo, Zephyr Teachout, Lawrence Lessig, PCCC co-founders Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, The Young Turks’ Cenk Uyger, and dozens of other public figures will join thousands of Americans risking arrest to save our democracy. (And there are lots of ways to get involved that don't risk arrest.)
Can you join us for this historic action? (Risking arrest is optional.)
More from MSNBC:
"A plan by progressive groups to stage a Washington protest on voting rights and money in politics has kicked over a hornet’s nest among conservative media....
'Some of the same radical groups involved in shutting down Donald Trump’s Chicago rally last week are plotting a mass civil disobedience movement,' warned Breitbart News in a story that led the Drudge Report for much of Wednesday and had over 12,000 comments as of Thursday afternoon."
If they are that worried, this must be good. Be part of this historic action. (Or donate $3 to fight for campaign finance reform.)
All the action begins this weekend with a 140-mile march from Philadelphia to Washington DC. (You can join the march in progress, and march for as many or as few days as you like.)
From April 11-16, PCCC co-founders Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor will join dozens of public figures and thousands of others who will risk arrest in one of the largest nonviolent civil disobedience actions in a generation. (Training will be available and required and legal services will be provided.) They'll be supported by thousands more who will participate in legal protests without risking arrest
Two weeks of escalating protest and media attention will culminate in a massive weekend of action April 16-18 with teach-ins, concerts, grassroots lobbying, and a huge rally in Washington DC.
This will be like the Keystone tar sands action in 2014 -- shifting the national debate as never before to the urgency of this crisis and the overwhelming demand for proposals to solve it.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
-- Keith Rouda, PCCC organizer

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