How do we win?

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It takes a movement. Our government no longer responds to the will of the people. The only way to win in the fight to reclaim democracy for the 99% is to build a movement that can overcome the inertia of a political elite bought by the 1% and win a constitutional amendment securing free and fair elections, once and for all. 

When elections are dominated by Big Money, voting alone is not enough - only strategic nonviolent action on a truly massive scale will get the job done. 

For Americans struggling to realize the promise of democracy in the face of entrenched interests, this is nothing new. From the abolitionists to the suffragettes, the first union organizers to the activists of the civil rights movement, Americans have used strategic nonviolent action to win the democratic struggles of their day.

Now it’s our turn. Ready? Here’s the plan:

The Grand Strategy

As a tool, "Grand Strategy" provides a transparent outline of a movement's strategic orientation to all its members, and enables a decentralized organization to act in coordination. The 99Rise Grand Strategy empowers all our teams and leaders to take independent creative action that effectively advances our common goal.

Ultimately, the Grand Strategy gives an overarching and chronological framework for how we can enact our principle of Strategic Unity, which states, "We pursue the goal of Constitutional and federal legislative reforms that establish political equality regardless of wealth by mobilizing a critical mass of active public support through campaigns of escalating nonviolent action."

THE FIVE PHASES:

Phase I - Present - April 2016

Build the movement through forming teams, doing trainings, and developing leaders. Promote the Grand Strategy and articulate a reform agenda to establish political equality for all.

Phase II - April 2016 - September 2016

Intervene in the 2016 elections through mass civil disobedience to create a national crisis and a popular mandate for fundamental reform.

Phase III - September 2016 - December 2016

Mobilize voters to elect representatives and a President committed to enact the mandate. Unite the movement around the reform agenda.

Phase IV - January 2017 - December 2017

Demand that Congress, the President, and state legislatures honor the mandate and enact the reform agenda by a specified deadline. Escalate to mass civil disobedience and noncooperation if the demand is not met on time.

Phase V - January 2017 - November 2018

Monitor and enforce implementation of the reform agenda, through further escalation if necessary.