Thanks to the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions, the 2012 and 2014 elections were the most expensive in our country's history, with much of that staggering cost coming from sources that remain secret. The elections are over, but Big Money continues to wreak havoc on our democracy.
Nine out of ten Americans agree that there is way too much corporate money in politics. With traditional channels of public influence overwhelmed by moneyed interests, we must take up the proven tool of nonviolent direct action to make our voices heard.
When hundreds and even thousands of people put their bodies and freedom on the line for a just cause it moves the public and challenges injustice like little else. From the women's suffrage to civil rights movement, from the Indian independence struggle to the Arab Spring, mass nonviolent action has proved essential to the advance of democracy in our country and throughout the world.
Now it's our turn.
Thousands of people across the country have already taken to the streets in defiance of the corrupting influence of money in politics. And thousands more have stood in solidarity with the brave Americans arrested for civil disobedience at Wall Street Banks, the California statehouse, $32,000/plate fundraisers, and within inner sanctum of our country's corruption: the United States Supreme Court.
99Rise will continue to mobilize waves of strategic nonviolent action - culminating in the largest civil disobedience action in American history - placing ever-increasing pressure on both lawmakers and big money donors to put democracy back in the hands of the people.
But we can't do this without you. Your statement of support will empower a legion of nonviolent soldiers to stand up and take action for a free and fair democracy. We ask you to pledge your solidarity with the thousands of brave Americans who not only wish to voice their opposition to the corrupting influence of big money in politics, but are prepared to put their very bodies and freedom on the line to do so.
By signing the Declaration of Solidarity (and sharing it with your friends!) you’ll help make certain that those who will risk arrest to reclaim democracy KNOW that a growing movement has got their back and that they can call on you to stand with them!
We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the 10,000 people willing to risk arrest in the largest civil disobedience action in American history to free our democracy from the rule of big money.
The fight to end the corrupting influence of money in politics calls for mass nonviolent action. We, therefore, support all those willing to put their bodies and freedom on the line to advance the nonviolent struggle for democracy.