Democracy Mobilizations in DC

Saturday, April 2, 2016 (All day) - Monday, April 18, 2016 (All day)

Demos envisions a world in which every person has an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. But is one possible without the other? Under the current rules of our democracy, our elected representatives are much more likely to be responsive to a wealthy, disproportionately white donor class in questions of economic policy.

Our big money democracy results in a vicious cycle—the donor class is able to continually translate its economic might into political clout to preserve the economic status quo, further undermine equal participation in our democracy, and perpetuate racism.

But there are steps we can take to rescue our democracy from the 1% and catalyze advances toward economic and racial justice. That is why Demos has endorsed two mass mobilizations for democracy this April: Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening.

First, from April 2-11, Democracy Spring activists will march 140 miles from Philadelphia to DC to demand that Congress take immediate action to end the dominance of big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice. Once they get here, they’ll be sitting in at the capitol building until April 16. Check out the logistics here

Then, starting Saturday, April 16, Democracy is in for another Awakening as thousands more arrive in DC for a weekend of teach-ins and music (Saturday), marching and rallying (Sunday), and lobbying and non-violent direct action (Monday). You won’t want to miss the day of Teach-ins on Saturday, highlighting how attacks on our democracy undermine reform in the many issues you care about, and how you can fight back. Demos’ own Damon Daniels will be speaking at a Teach-in on the intersection of Democracy and Criminal Justice Reform. Visit the Democracy Awakening website to RSVP and for details about the events schedule and housing/buses

Where will you be this Spring when Democracy Awakens? Join Demos in DC in April to demand the democracy we all deserve.

For questions, contact Courtney Fuller of Public Citizen at cfuller@citizen.org