Mass Convergence in D.C. for 'Sit-In to Save Democracy'
After walking nearly 150 miles over the course of nine days, hundreds of marchers arrived in D.C. on Monday and joined thousands of supporters to launch a full week of mass sit-ins and direct actions in the nation’s capitol in an unprecedented protest against moneyed interests’ influence over politics.
The thousands of grassroots activists took part in training sessions for civil disobedience upon their arrival in D.C., and announced planned rallies, direct actions, sit-ins, and teach-ins to take place throughout the week.
The mass march for democracy was organized by a coalition called Democracy Spring, and this week the movement blooms into Democracy Awakening, which has organized the teach-ins and rallies. Democracy Spring is also coordinating a series of mass sit-ins in front of congressional offices.
The events will culminate “with a Congress of Conscience Day of Action on Monday April 18, where hundreds more from both groups have pledged to risk arrest,” Democracy Spring writes.
Besides calling attention to the broader issue of campaign finance reform, the coalition has several concrete demands. Democracy Spring is “calling on Congress to pass four bills,” the coalition writes:
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- The Government by the People Act and Fair Elections Now Act.
- The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015.
- The Voter Empowerment Act of 2015.
- The Democracy for All Amendment.
The groups are also “calling on the Senate to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court who will vote to uphold political equality.”
Hundreds of advocacy groups and unions that represent a wide range of interests—from the environment, to voting access, to reproductive rights, to public health, and LGBTQ community advocacy—are taking part. The organizations are united by a focus on breaking big money’s grip on political power in the United States.
Democracy Spring argues that its campaign is headed inevitably toward victory, no matter the reaction of the powers-that-be:
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