#DemocracySpring: Sit-Ins to Save our Democracy
In the past few decades, the United States has shifted from a democratic republic to an oligarchy, as all of our political power has been claimed by the top 1% and major corporations who exert control over everything we consume, including the mainstream media which today is owned by only a handful of conglomerates. After Citizens United passed in 2010, the floodgates opened even further, as our entire campaign finance system was bought through super PACs, impacting every aspect of our lives.
Major studies have been done which conclude that the United States is an oligarchy, where the voters literally have no influence on the political system. For instance, this video by Represent.Us details how corruption is legal in America:
The political awakening that began with Occupy Wall Street, Fight For 15, Black Lives Matter, and the strengthening climate movement, continue to expand, as grassroots political power transforms into concrete victories, such as New York and California both passing a $15 minimum wage within the past few weeks. When we celebrate these triumphs, we must not credit only those who signed the bills, but the brave men and women who went on strike, held rallies, and marched on the streets for change.
The only way to overturn Citizens United, enable public funding of elections, restore the Voting Rights act, end gerrymandering, and have public officials pledge to end the massive corruption which has swallowed our political system, is through direct action. That is what Democracy Spring is about. Activists from across this nation met in Philadelphia on April 2nd, for the opening rally, followed by a ten day march to the belly of the beast: Washington D.C.
Here was the march route:
The march arrived in the capitol tomorrow, and today will begin a week of massive civil disobedience, as thousands of brave activists will put their bodies on the line to save our democracy.
Check out our live updates from this historic event: