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.
Join 99Rise for our first national online DNA training! We've taken our 2 day in-person DNA training and transformed it into a series of four 90 minute webinars that anyone in the country can participate in.Tuesday and Thursday, October 14th, 16th, 21st, and 23rd4:30pm - 6:00pm Pacific / 7:30pm - 9:00pm Eastern
This free, intensive webinar will empower you with the basic “DNA” of 99Rise - the essential things that make this movement tick - so that by the end of the four sessions, you'll have the basic theoretical, strategic, relational, and tactical tools needed to start organizing as a part of our movement, take bold action this election season, and build a 99Rise team in your community. Kai Newkirk and other founders and leaders of the California March for Democracy will lead the training.
There are only 50 slots for the training (we need to make sure everyone can participate fully, especially during this first run) so sign up now to reserve your space. You must commit to all four sessions to participate. Small groups in the same city or town can do the training together in one "slot" if each person can commit to all four sessions and the group can meet to do the sessions together.
Are you in? Sign up to join our first online DNA training and become a leader in a growing decentralized nonviolent army fighting to win real democracy in the United States.· 98 rsvpsWHENOctober 14, 2014 at 4:30pm - October 23, 2014 at 4:30pm
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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.