FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Group Covers Over 400 Miles on Historic March for Democracy from LA to Sacramento

Marchers demand "one person, one vote" political equality, an end to big money corruption in politics

Contact: Curt Ries
media@99rise.org
(415) 847-5351

Photos and videos: marchfordemocracy.org & flickr.com/marchfordemocracy

California, USA – On May 17th, dozens of activists led by the grassroots organization 99Rise departed Los Angeles to embark on a 480-mile “March for Democracy” across the state of California to raise awareness and mobilize the public around the issue of big money in politics. They plan to complete their march at the state capitol building in Sacramento on June 22nd, where they will demand that the state legislature publicly acknowledge what they are calling “the crisis of corruption” and take immediate action to end it.

“This nation was founded on the principle of one person, one vote,” said Kai Newkirk, co-founder and organizer of 99Rise. “Generations of Americans have shed blood, sweat, and tears to make that principle a reality, from the abolitionists to women’s suffragists, to supporters of The Civil Rights Movement. But now their hard work and sacrifice is being systematically undermined by the out-of-control political spending of a small wealthy elite. It’s time for our generation to step up and do whatever it takes to reclaim democracy for the people of this country. That’s why we’re marching to Sacramento,” Newkirk explained.

The statewide march comes on the heels of two Supreme Court decisions—Citizens United vs. FEC and McCutcheon vs. FEC—that have further enabled wealthy donors to contribute even larger sums to candidates running for political office. 2012 was the most expensive election in the country’s history, with a price tag exceeding 6 billion dollars, but with only 0.4% of Americans contributing more than $200 to political candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Newkirk recently made headlines for his interruption of Supreme Court proceedings and his subsequent arrest, the first time such an act of civil disobedience has been caught on video.

The 480-mile march dubbed the “California March for Democracy” is endorsed by a number of prominent political organizations and activists including MoveOn, WolfPAC, Rootstrikers, Money Out Voters In, the Dream Defenders, and public intellectual, Noam Chomsky. Co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association and long time labor and civil rights leader, Dolores Huerta, will be walking a section of the march, as will Harvard University Professor of Law and political activist, Lawrence Lessig.

“The fight against political corruption is one that must be taken up by a movement of citizens,” remarked Lessig. “It will take an army of ordinary people, from both the left and the right, doing the hard work that is needed to fundamentally reform our government and restore our democracy. No matter how difficult, how impossible it may appear, we must have hope. We have to fight.”

For more information about 99Rise and the California March for Democracy, including interview and photo opportunities, please visit marchfordemocracy.org or contact Curt Ries at media@99rise.org or call (415) 847-5351. You can also follow us on facebook and twitter.

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About 99Rise & The California March for Democracy

99Rise is calling for a mass movement of escalating direct nonviolent action to get big money out of politics and reclaim democracy for the 99%. The California March for Democracy will began May 17th in Los Angeles and will conclude June 22nd in Sacramento. Marchers will are attending local events along the march route, which traverses California’s central valley, passing through Bakersfield, Fresno, and Stockton on its way to the state capitol.

99Rise is demanding that the California state legislature call for an Article V convention to amend the US constitution to get big money out of politics and guarantee political equality. If the state legislature fails to call for the convention by the time marchers reach Sacramento on June 22nd, activists plan on nonviolently occupying the capitol until the campaign’s demands are met.

For an itinerary of the march, go to http://www.marchfordemocracy.org/march_route

For the campaign's list of demands and featured endorsements, go to

http://www.marchfordemocracy.org/call_to_action

To find out how to support the march, go to http://www.marchfordemocracy.org/volunteer

 

March Itinerary: 06/17/14 - 06/22/14

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 17th: DAY 32 – STOCKTON
7:00 PM: Connecting the Dots Forum: money in politics and local campaigns, building a mass movement
First Unitarian Universalist Church
2737 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95204

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18th: DAY 33 - STOCKTON TO LODI 

ROUTE MAP

Total Daily Mileage: 14 miles
Estimated Walk Time: 7 hours
Starting Point: Martin Luther King Plaza, 2 East Oak St, Stockton, CA 95202
End Point: Hale Park, 198 North Stockton St, Lodi, CA 95240
8:00 AM: MEET/BREAKFAST/RALLY
Morning meeting & rally at Martin Luther King Plaza, 2 East Oak St, Stockton
9:00 AM: DEPART
Begin walking
4:00 PM: ARRIVE/LUNCH
Arrive at Hale Park, 198 North Stockton St, Lodi
 

THURSDAY, JUNE 19th: DAY 34 - LODI TO GALT

ROUTE MAP

Total Daily Mileage: 12.9 miles
Estimated Walk Time: 5 hours
Starting Point: Hale Park, 198 North Stockton St, Lodi, CA 95240
End Point: Raley's 10430 Twin Cities Rd, Galt, CA 95632
8:00 AM: MEET
Morning meeting & staging at Hale Park, 198 North Stockton St, Lodi
8:30 AM: DEPART
Begin walking
12:30 PM: ARRIVE/LUNCH
Arrive at Raley's, 10430 Twin Cities Rd, Galt

FRIDAY, JUNE 20th: DAY 35 – GALT TO ELK GROVE

ROUTE MAP

Total Daily Mileage: 16.8 miles
Estimated Walk Time: 8.5 hours
Starting Point: Raley's 10430 Twin Cities Rd, Galt, CA 95632
End Point: Elk Grove Regional Park, 9948 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624
6:00 AM: MEET
Morning meeting & staging at Raley's, 10430 Twin Cities Rd, Galt
6:30 AM: DEPART
Begin walking
8:30 AM: BREAKFAST
On the road!!
3:00 PM: ARRIVE/LUNCH
Arrive at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9948 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove

SATURDAY, JUNE 21st: DAY 36 – ELK GROVE TO SOUTH SACRAMENTO

ROUTE MAP

Total Daily Mileage: 12 miles
Estimated Walk Time: 6 hours
Starting Point: Elk Grove Regional Park, 9948 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624
End Point: Fruitridge Park, 3960 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820
7:30 AM: MEET/BREAKFAST
Morning meeting & staging at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9948 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove
8:00 AM: DEPART
Begin walking
2:00 PM: ARRIVE/LUNCH
Arrive at Fruitridge Park, 3960 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento
3:30 PM: NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TRAINING
St Hope Public School, 5201 Strawberry Ln, Sacramento, CA 95820
7:00 PM: RALLY
Rally at Fruitridge Community Center, 4000 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820

SUNDAY, JUNE 22nd: DAY 37 – SOUTH SACRAMENTO TO CA STATE CAPITOL

ROUTE MAP

Total Daily Mileage: 6.2 miles
Estimated Walk Time: 3 hours
Starting Point: Fruitridge Park, 3960 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820
End Point: CA State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
8:00 AM: NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TRAINING
St Hope Public School, 5201 Strawberry Ln, Sacramento, CA, 95820
10:00 AM: RALLY
Rally at Fruitridge Park, 3960 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820
11:00 AM: DEPART
Begin walking
2:00 - 4:00 PM: ARRIVE/RALLY
Arrive at CA State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento

 


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