Democracy Awakening Activists Are Taking On Capitol Hill!

Excerpt from: Greenpeace

BY Eva Resnick-Day

I’m taking action to make sure Congress hears our demands for a democracy that puts people before polluters.

Sign on to make sure they hear YOUR voice, too!

In just a few hours, I’ll be peacefully protesting on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building surrounded by hundreds of activists — all united by the call to awaken a democracy that puts people like us before corporate interests.

We’re coming together today because we know that progress on the issues we care about most is all but impossible if Congress refuses to restore voting rights and get big money out of politics.

These threats to our democracy — a democracy that’s supposed to be of, by, and for the people — are what stand in the way of progress on climate change, economic inequality, and so many of the issues I care about. When our elected officials listen to corporate polluters before people like you and me, it’s time for us to give them a wake up call.

Democracy Awakening — these hundreds of activists I’m joining today — is that wake up call.

While we’re taking action in front of Capitol Hill, YOU can join the Democracy Awakening movement from wherever you are. Sign here to make sure Congress gets our message!

The hundreds of activists here today represent a movement built by environmentalists, racial justice advocates, labor unions, LGBTQ communities, youth movements, and more. And in an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to risk arrest for Congress to do the right thing for our democracy.

But the challenges we face are too urgent for us to wait until November to simply cast our votes. If we’re going to make progress on any of the issues that matter, we need to exercise our power right now.

Exercise that power right now by adding your name to our message to Congress. Make sure they hear us loud and clear — we want a democracy that puts people first!

For me, this movement for our democracy has become personal. Over the last few months, I’ve been working with a group of activists to get political candidates to reject fossil fuel campaign contributions. Together, we’ve been putting pressure on the candidates, spending hours waiting in line at their rallies to ask them our questions about fossil fuel contributions and their plans for climate action.1

It’s a group filled with some of the most prepared and inspiring young activists I’ve ever worked with, and still we’ve been laughed off, dismissed, ignored, and brushed aside by many of the same politicians seeking our votes. As a young person who will inherit the challenge of climate change, I deserve the same access to our elected officials as lobbyists for Shell and Exxon.

In a democracy, we all deserve equal voice.

I’m not willing to be ignored any longer — and I know you’re not either. Now is the time for Congress to hear our call. Take action for a democracy that puts people first!

I can’t wait to see the power of this movement on full display today at the Capitol. And more than anything, I can’t wait to see what happens next once we awaken a democracy that truly serves people like us.

For our democracy,

Eva Resnick-Day
Democracy Awakening Activist, Greenpeace USA

P.S. If we’re going to get our message through to Congress here today, we need the strength of a movement behind us — we need you! Speak up to support voting rights and get corporate money out of politics today.

[1] Read: I’m the Greenpeace Activist Who Asked Hillary Clinton to Pledge to Reject Fossil Fuel Contributions

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