Democracy Spring was a defining moment in our history… even if the mainstream media isn’t giving it it’s due coverage. Close to a thousand Americans marched on Washington D.C. on April 11, 2016 in a display of civil disobedience. Protesters were there to decry money in politics and demanding their voices be heard and an end to Citizens United. As they risked arrest many protesters took to t heir microphones and shared their personal reasons for being there to the cheers and support of their fellows.
While the protests were peaceful there were still a record breaking amount of arrests and local area jails were filled beyond capacity. The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur was among those arrested after warning his faithful watchers of the possibility and even seeming to revel in the possibility.
Chants of “Do your jobs! Sign the bills!” “What a time to be alive!” “This is what Democracy looks like!” and “One person! One vote!” Were heard throughout the day even as over 400 protesters were arrested on the steps of the capitol. Many of those in attendance marched the 140-mile trek from Philadelphia to Washington DC — a journey that took 10 days.
Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted his support to the peaceful protest saying “Americans understand that our gov’t is dominated by big money. Glad to see people taking action to restore democracy. #DemocracySpring”
Democracy Spring is a coalition of different organizations that have come together to get the corrupting influence of money out of politics. The group plans to hold sit-ins between the 11-18 of April with over 3,500 individuals pledging to risk arrest.
SIT-INS: APRIL 11-18