Hundreds of Americans, including many ‘elder-activists’ marched in support of political reform in Washington, DC, taking part in a sit-in and risking arrest as they pushed for fairer elections.
Today was the second day of the Democracy Spring sit in at the US Capitol, as protestors, returned to demonstrate against money and corruption in politics.
Multiple arrests have already been made, according to reports.
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The sit-in comes one day after more than 400 people were arrested for participating in what has been been termed the “Democracy Spring” movement. The organization has planned for 10 days of demonstrations and mass sit-ins at the US capitol, with day two highlighting efforts from older Americans who want to see change.
“As ‘elders’ we have a moral imperative to care for and speak for future generations,” the Democracy Spring website reads. “We aim to use our wisdom and life experience to guide our actions, and stand together to create our legacy and reclaim our democracy.”
“Every voice is needed to speak up and say what we know is true – that a thriving and just democracy is the path towards a sustainable world for all children, for all life.”
Today is mostly elders sitting in for arrest #DemocracySpring pic.twitter.com/DxrFSYin8a
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 12, 2016
As protesters marched on the US capitol, many elderly Americans held signs and chanted slogans such as: “Democracy is not for sale, [we’re] not too old to go to jail.”
“I’m not dead yet; I care deeply; I vote,” read another sign held by a demonstrator.
Sign reads: “I’m not dead yet. I care deeply. I vote.” #EldersRising & risking arrest for #DemocracySpring Day 2. pic.twitter.com/R1rTUN73t4
— Evan Weber (@evanlweber) April 12, 2016
Social media users have reported seeing dozens of police officers out to keep an eye on the protesters and make arrests.
As part of its movement, Democracy Spring is pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that would boost the power of small campaign contributions, offer public funding for political candidates, and update the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in order to protect minority and lower-income voters at the polls.
Octogenarians being arrested for #DemocracySpring! If they can stand up against this corruption, we all can. pic.twitter.com/wpVXlWTIig
— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) April 12, 2016
The group is also calling for a constitutional amendment that would essentially overturn Supreme Court rulings giving corporations the ability to freely spend in elections. The amendment would end “the big money dominance of our elections and allows for Congress and the States to set overall limits on campaign spending, including prohibitions on corporate and union spending in the political process.”