It’s one of the biggest and most under reported protests currently happening in the country: Democracy Spring. For a little more than a week now, there have been protests at the US capitol regarding the role of money in politics and the issue of voter suppression. In the last week, they have had about 1240 arrests, with 300 arrests on Monday April 18th alone.
Protestors were processed and released on scene.
Perhaps most notable about this protest is the fact that very high profile individuals have come in order to be publicly arrested. Among those best known are Ben and Jerry’s, founders of the Ben and Jerry’s brand, Cornell Brooks, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Miss New Jersey, Samira Khan.
People from all over the country flew to D.C. in order to take part in the protest. The fact that the protest was successful at all speaks testament to the grassroots organizing power of the internet. It was a coalition of progressive organizations which organized and promoted the protests.
Democracy Spring is helping to add to the dynamic conversation of the 2016 Presidential Primaries. Everyone from Tea Party members to Bernie Sanders supporters are taking part in the protest, showing that the issue of money in politics transcends political boundaries.
The pretense of so many high profile people in the country offering their arrest bears testament to a true cultural and political shift in the making. In a country where oligarchy is passed off as Democracy, it is a fresh breath of air to see people willing to risk their record and, some would argue, politically humiliate themselves to stand up for justice in the nation.
There has still been a major lack of coverage about this protest.
By Olivia Walker – DontComply.com
I have been an author and journalist for over 10 years, my writing passions include politics and modern culture.
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