Mass Civil Disobedience Planned for U.S. Capitol in April to Protest Big Money in Politics

Posted Feb. 24, 2016

MP3 Interview with Kai Newkirk, campaign director with the group Democracy Spring, conducted by Scott Harris


For the first time in recent U.S. history, candidates competing to win their party’s nomination to run in the 2016 presidential election have been forced to address what many Americans believe to be their nation’s broken political system and economy rigged in favor of the wealthiest individuals and powerful corporations. While Vermont’s Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has devoted his campaign to articulating these grievances more than any other candidate, others vying for the White House, including Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have to a lesser degree also emphasized the failings of America’s current political and economic status quo.

Now with record breaking unregulated campaign spending by unaccountable donors through Super PACS in the 2016 election campaign, plans are underway to organize a massive civil disobedience action at the U.S. Capitol this April, acknowledging the urgent need to address the failure of U.S. politics. Those participating in the peaceful protest will demand that Congress take immediate legislative action to end the corruption of big money in politics, protect the right to vote, and ensure free and fair elections that give every American an equal voice.

Organizers of the action, called “Democracy Spring,” say more than 2,000 individuals from around the country, including Mark Ruffalo, Larry Lessig, and Zephyr Teachout, have pledged to risk arrest in the non-violent sit-in at the U.S. Capitol. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Kai Newkirk, Campaign Director with Democracy Spring, who talks about plans for what he says will be one of the largest civil disobedience actions in a generation, and the goals of the protest in this important election year.

Kai Newkirk is campaign director with Democracy Spring, which is organizing a massive civil disobedience action at the U.S. Capitol this April. For more information about the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening actions in Washington, D.C., visit".

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