Help me Attend the 99Rise Leadership Retreat!

Hi folks!

I again need your help to attend an important leadership retreat for my work with 99Rise to get money out of politics.

Committed grassroots leaders from across the country will be coming together in New York next January to build a strong movement community and to plan our next year's strategy of mass civil resistance to win a real democracy for all Americans.

As most of you know, I have been working as an organizer for 99Rise over the last 2 years, building volunteer leadership, organizing powerful campaigns like the 480-mile California March for Democracy, and putting the issue of money-in-politics corruption into the public's eye by disrupting the US Supreme Court and spending a night in jail.

Well frankly, next year is going to blow all of that out of the water. Right now, 99Rise and Avaaz are leading a coalition of over 60 organizations to organize Democracy Spring - the largest civil disobedience action in a generation to create a breakthrough moment for political equality in this country and to transform the 2016 election into a catalyst for fundamental reform to win a real democracy.

We are poised to make history. Over 1,400 people have already pledged to risk arrest next April in Washington, D.C. and over 800 have signed up to volunteer or to march part of the way from Philadelphia to DC.

I am tremendously excited about what we could achieve next Spring and beyond, but in order for us to really take advantage of this opportunity, we need to bring our leadership together to assess and plan how we can use this campaign to build a thriving, long-lasting and powerful people’s movement that can continue to build and escalate until we win, until we have a government that works for the people.

Please help us do this. Will you support me with a contribution of $25, 50, or even $100?

Your contribution will go directly towards my food, lodging, and transportation costs for the retreat. To make a donation, simply CLICK HERE or click the long blue “DONATE” button on the top of this page, above the headline. 

I really appreciate it. Our work is only made possible by the people who support it. So truly, thank you.

All my best,


  • Vote!

    Please vote on the following three proposed revisions to the 99Rise Constitution and Grand Strategy. More detailed information can be found regarding each proposed revision by clicking here.

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  • Steps For Volunteer Leaders

    Volunteer leaders form the backbone of our decentralized movement to win a real democracy of, by, and for the 99%. Are you ready to step up and take leadership with 99Rise? Below are some steps you can take right now to plug into our grassroots networks, learn more about our strategy of escalating civil resistance, and grow the movement in your own community. 

    1. SIGN: Add your name to the petition to Get Money Out of politics.
    2. CONNECT: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
    3. WATCH: Check out this 3-minute introduction video to 99Rise.
    4. ENGAGE: Sign up for the next Online Orientation to 99Rise and sign up to Volunteer.
    5. LEARN: Read the Declaration of Purpose, the 10 Principles, and our Grand Strategy.
    6. TAKE ACTION: 

  • Join the Fight - Intro to 99Rise Video

    Our government does not work for the 99% because our democracy is corrupted by Big Money.

    99Rise is building the mass movement of civil resistance we need to end corruption and reclaim democracy for all.






  • Sign the Petition!

    Bernie Sanders has it right: "No president... who gets elected... will in fact be able to address the enormous problems facing working families in this country today unless there is a political revolution... unless... we have a mass political movement."*

    We at 99Rise have been singularly committed to building such a movement from the ground up. We believe that if a political revolution is to succeed in overthrowing the billionaire class and winning a real democracy that works for all Americans, it must take on ending corruption as its first fight - and embrace the means of mass, escalating nonviolent action to disrupt business as usual in Washington. 

    If you believe in that movement and if you want to be part of it, sign this petition that declares your support to overturn Citizens United, end corruption, and establish political equality for all!

    We are planning big things for 2016. Nothing short of mass civil disobedience on a historic scale will break through the cycle of big money corruption that now dominates our political system and plagues our government, making real progressive change impossible.

    Nothing short of a movement of militant nonviolent civil resistance will create the political revolution about which Bernie Sanders is so powerfully speaking.

    GOAL: 750 signatures

    I support a Constitutional Amendment and federal legislation to overturn Citizens United, end the corruption of big money in politics, and establish political equality for all Americans.

    Add signature

  • Obama: Expose Secret Money Corruption

    In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for “a better politics,” and spoke out against the wave of “dark money” that has overtaken U.S. elections since Citizens United.  But we deserve more than just talk from our President. We deserve action. President Obama should start by issuing an executive order to require federal government contractors to disclose all of their political spending and strike a blow against the corrupting influence of secret money in politics. He has the power to do so at any time, without congressional approval.

    Right now corporations receiving government contracts are able to "indirectly" funnel unlimited, undisclosed amounts of money to those very same politicians and candidates who grant them their contracts, perpetuating a cycle of legalized corruption that uses our tax dollars to bribe politicians and enrich corporate America. 

    Stand in solidarity with 99Rise activists from across the country who took nonviolent direct action to demand that Obama step up and do what's right, and join the over half million Americans who are demanding government transparency and corporate accountability: sign the petition to call on President Obama to expose secret money now. 

    GOAL: 703 signatures

    To President Obama:

    Corporate government contractors are spending enormous sums of money influencing our elections and corrupting our democracy in total secrecy.

    I urge you to sign an executive order mandating the full disclosure of all political spending by federal contractors so that We the People can see who is trying to buy our votes with our own tax dollars.

    Add signature

  • Stand With The Supreme Court Disrupters

    This is Civil Resistance at work...

    In three separate acts of strategic civil disobedience, 13 brave citizen activists have stood up to disrupt the United States Supreme Court and protest their role in the wholesale corruption of our democracy.

    They have spoken out against the Court's outrageous Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions and put their bodies and liberties on the line to defend democracy and to call on all Americans to take action.

    Will you stand with them? Sign the petition.

    Watch unprecedented video footage from inside the Supreme Court of each disruption:

    January, 2014
    January, 2015
    April, 2015





    GOAL: 2,361 signatures
    I stand with the Supreme Court Disruptors. We the People must overturn Citizens United, reverse McCutcheon, and reclaim democracy for all in America.
    Add signature

  • Support the Movement!

    99Rise is a grassroots movement that relies entirely on the gifts of members to support our actions, make certain our small team of full-time organizers stays fed, and keep this website up and running! Help reclaim our democracy from corporate rule. Give a one-time gift by simply filling out the form on the left.

    Or, better yet, become a monthly sustaining donor by clicking here now! 

    Our community of monthly donors sustain 99Rise and make everything we do possible. Please join them and become a sustainer today!

    All donations made through this page fund the 99Rise 501(c)(3) nonprofit and are tax deductible.



  • Let the People Vote

    On Monday August 12th, the California Supreme Court took Proposition 49 off the November Ballot. Prop 49 would have allowed Californians to vote on whether they want to overturn Citizens United with a constitutional amendment.

    GOAL: 284 signatures


    We find it unacceptable that our right to vote on such a pressing issue has been denied and demand that Prop 49 be allowed back on the ballot for this November.

    Restore Prop 49 to the ballot. Restore democracy.

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Pittsburgh-based Staff Organizer for 99Rise

$3,946.00 raised
GOAL: $350.00
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