A movement looking to shake up the political atmosphere is gearing up for one of the largest protests ever on Capitol Hill.
Democracy Spring, a campaign powered by groups like MoveOn and Democracy Now, have planned a ten-day march to Washington, D.C., ending in a sit-in from April 11th-16th. Protesters will meet in Philadelphia at a kickoff rally on April 2 and march over 100 miles to Washington by April 10, The Washington Times reports.
The group promises the movement will be “the largest civil disobedience action of the century.”
We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take immediate action to save our democracy. And we won’t leave until they do — or until they send thousands of us to jail, along with the unmistakable message that our country needs a new Congress, one that will end the legalized corruption of our democracy and ensure that every American has an equal voice in government.
Conservative media are trying to portray the event as “a bid by a mob of dangerous extremists to sow chaos and confrontation,” reports MSNBC:
An array of leading right-wing news outlets has portrayed the upcoming event, known as Democracy Spring, as a bid by a mob of dangerous extremists to sow chaos and confrontation. Some of the coverage has aimed to tie the effort, with little evidence, to recent protests at Donald Trump events, which at times have been marked by violence between the GOP front-runner’s supporters and opponents.
“Some of the same radical groups involved in shutting down Donald Trump’s Chicago rally last week are plotting a mass civil disobedience movement to begin next month,” warned Breitbart News in a story that led the Drudge Report for much of Wednesday and had over 12,000 comments as of Thursday afternoon.
Democracy Spring is inspired by the current presidential campaign. Many of the groups backing the march are pro-Bernie Sanders, but are not connected to the Democratic candidate.
The group is also hoping to solidify fair and free elections in which every citizen has the right to vote. For example, North Carolina’s strict voter ID laws were brought into effect during Tuesday’s primaries, turning away over 200,000 young voters who did not have an acceptable form of government-issued identification.
To learn more about #DemocracySpring, check out the website here.
SOURCE: The Washington Times | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform