The Progressive Populist: Dispatches: ‘Democracy Spring’ Rises to Protest Plutocracy

The following is an excellent article in the May 1, 2016 issue The Progressive Populist in their Dispatches Column on page 22 titled “Dispatches: ‘Democracy Spring’ Rises to Protest Plutocracy” and I quote:

“‘DEMOCRACY SPRING’ RISES TO PROTEST PLUTOCRACY. More than 400 protesters staging a protest against the influence of money in politics and congressional inaction to reverse it were arrested on the steps of the US Capitol (4/12), CNN reported. Participants in the “Democracy Spring” campaign started in Philadelphia (4/2) and marched nearly 150 miles south to Washington, where rallies and events were scheduled through the week to “draw attention to our corrupt campaign finance system and rigged voting laws.”

Kai Newkirk, campaign director of Democracy Spring, told Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! (4/12) said the movement was promoting four initiatives to deal with big money in politics and protect and expand the right to vote and voter access. One bill would set up public financing of elections, so that anyone can run for office without raising money from billionaires. Another is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Another bill would restore the damage that was done to the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Advancement Act. And the fourth, the Voter Empowerment Act, would make it easier for people to get to the polls and to be able to vote. “And in the wake of Justice Scalia’s death, there’s a fifth step that we’re calling on Congress to take, which is to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court who will vote to uphold the principle of political equality, to end this corruption of big money in politics and ensure that all have the right to vote,” Newkirk said.

Democracy Spring (DemocracySpring.org) said 3,500 people from 33 states had pledged to join protests in the following week.

The week will conclude with another mass mobilization in D.C. organized by Democracy Awakening (DemocracyAwakening.org) 4/16-18. More than 260 organizations have signed up to support or attend the mobilization in a broad coalition representing labor, peace, environmental, student, racial justice, civil rights and money in politics reform movements. Lead organizations include the American Postal Workers Union, Common Cause, Communications Workers of America, Democracy Initiative, Every Voice Center, Food & Water Watch, Franciscan Action Network, Greenpeace, NAACP, National Nurses United, People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Student Debt Crisis and US PIRG.

Democracy Awakening will include an array of actions, including demonstrations, teach-ins, direct action trainings, music, a Rally for Democracy, and nonviolent direct action and advocacy pressing for a Congress of Conscience. Democracy Awakening events also were planned for 4/17 in Austin and Dallas, Texas, Bloomington, Ind., and Albuquerque, N.M.”

(THIS IS AN INTERESTING GROUP AND I REALLY HOPE IT GROWS AND LIVES AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE CAPITOL TO OFFSET ALL OF THOSE HIGH-PAID LOBBYISTS CITIZENS UNITED PAID FOR THAT ARE OUT TO GET THE MIDDLE CLASS WHICH ARE BEING GRADUALLY ELIMINATED AND BEING BLENDED INTO POVERTY OR THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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