I am marching because unless we end corruption and win real democracy the possibility of a just, livable future for everyone I love may be lost. My life has taught me that standing up to do the right thing to be there for those we love - no matter how hard it is - is the most important thing at the end of the day. Right now, that means marching to move everyone who believes in political equality to stand up and do something to defend our democracy.
This Saturday, November 1st is a National Day of Fasting as part of the 99Rise Fast for Democracy. Here in Los Angeles we will be gathering at City Hall to fast, support our fasters, and reach out to the public about the urgency of voting this November.
The Fast for Democracy is a call to all who believe in "one person, one vote" political equality to pledge to use their vote this November and support pro-democracy candidates who will fight for reform to end corruption.
Kai Newkirk and other 99Rise leaders who have joined the fast like Steve Bass and Laura Rubalcalba are fasting until at least 28,000 Americans (after the 28th Amendment for which we fight) pledge to take a stand against corruption and vote in support of pro-democracy candidates this November.
This Saturday in LA we will join with them and others in California and across the country to lift up our message of nonviolent action to end corruption and win real democracy.
SIGN THE PLEDGE: http://fast.99rise.org/voter_pledge
DO I NEED TO FAST TO ATTEND THIS EVENT?
No, not at all. Your presence is a great support to those who fast and will help us project our message via social and traditional media.
HOW DO I FIND THE PRO-DEMOCRACY CANDIDATES TO VOTE FOR?
We've developed Voter Guides with endorsements of pro-democracy candidates for almost all states including California. They are not comprehensive but cover most statewide or federal races and we continue to improve them. You can find them here: http://fast.99rise.org/voter_guide
IS FASTING SAFE?
Yes. While physically and especially psychologically challenging, fasting is safe and can actually be very good for your health. Most people can fast safely for 30 days or more - 1 or 2 days is nothing at all to worry about. Still, because of our deep attachment to food it is a powerful sacrifice that demonstrates a serious commitment to our cause.
JOIN US November 1st!
SIGN THE PLEDGE http://fast.99rise.org/voter_pledge
WHENNovember 01, 2014 at 12pm· 19 rsvpsWHERELos Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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More than 8 in 10 Americans now agree that we must put a stop to unlimited outside political spending, and soon our elected officials will be forced to respond to this clear mandate for change.* But after the most expensive election in history, our bought Congress will only be held accountable through nonviolent action on a truely massive scale.
So this spring, that's exactly what we'll do. By signing this pledge, you join a growing Nonviolent Army of deep patriots willing to put their bodies on the line to engage in the Largest Civil Disobedience Action in American History. For us to make history, we first need the pledge of 10,000 people like you. Add your name below and together we will win a democracy that finally responds to the needs of the 99%.
I pledge to be one of 10,000 people who will risk arrest in the Largest Civil Disobedience Action in American History in order to get big money out of politics.
First, GOP lawmakers (and their corporate sponsors) signed our democracy’s death warrant by blocking passage of the DISCLOSE Act. Then last month, as if to add insult to injury, the DC Court of Appeals reveresed a lower court decision that would have required outside political spending groups to disclose some of their anonymous donors.* American’s last defence against a flood of unlimited Dark Money - public transparency - has been erased.
Big Money is buying the 2012 elections in secret. To escape accountability for their political spending, Wall Street corporations and super-rich donors like the Koch Brothers are pumping upwards of $900 million dollars into shadowy tax-exempt nonprofit groups that can spend unlimited money influencing elections without having to reveal a single donor.*
Let’s face it - our bought Congress no longer represents the will of the people. 88% of American voters think that “all campaign contributions and expenditures should be publicly disclosed.”* And they are right. In the words of Bill Moyers, “three things don’t go together: money, secrecy, democracy."*
Dark Money has got to go. If Congress will not act to save American democracy - we will. It’s time to take the demand for disclosure directly to the worst of the 1%, and insist they immediately release all records of any anonymous political expenditures. The Koch Brothers of the world think we don’t know or care what they’re up to: add your name to the petition and show them they’re wrong.
We delivered this petition to Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase on September 28th. Both have failed to respond, and 8 were arrested in Los Angeles when they peacefully refused to leave until BofA complied. But we will keep coming back, and our civil disobedience actions will only continue to grow until our simple demand is made impossible to ignore.
We need at least 1,000 people to sign on to this call before our next wave of actions mid-October so the deep patriots who will risk arrest to ensure our voice is heard will know a growing movement has got their back!GOAL: 1,000 signatures
Petition: As concerned Americans committed to the integrity of our democracy, we call on Wall Street and all corporations, trade associations and 501(c)4 nonprofits to immediately and fully disclose to the public the amount, source, and destination of any and all anonymous or unreported political expenditures.