On August 11, the California Supreme Court voted 5-1 to remove Prop 49 from the ballot this November essentially removing the people’s right to have their voices heard on a very important advisory measure that would urge congress to act towards overturning the disastrous Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling that fueled the fire of income inequality and severely weakened our democracy by equating money with speech and corporations with people.
Upon the news 99Rise, and other non-violent action oriented groups, called for peaceful demonstrations on August 20 at the three Supreme Court offices San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.
As a resource to help empower the people we would like to share with you what we found on the 99Rise website as food for thought in moving forward and taking action in the days ahead.
How do we win?
It takes a movement. Our government no longer responds to the will of the people. The only way to win in the fight to reclaim democracy for the 99% is to build a movement that can overcome the inertia of a political elite bought by the 1% and win a constitutional amendment securing free and fair elections, once and for all.
When elections are dominated by Big Money, voting alone is not enough – only strategic nonviolent action on a truly massive scale will get the job done.
For Americans struggling to realize the promise of democracy in the face of entrenched interests, this is nothing new. From the abolitionists to the suffragettes, the first union organizers to the activists of the civil rights movement, Americans have used strategic nonviolent action to win the democratic struggles of their day.
Now it’s our turn. Here’s the plan:
The Grand Strategy
As a tool, “Grand Strategy” provides a transparent outline of a movement’s strategic orientation to all its members, and enables a decentralized organization to act in coordination. The 99Rise Grand Strategy empowers all our teams and leaders to take independent creative action that effectively advances our common goal.
Strategic Objective: The strategic objective of 99Rise – our ultimate concrete goal – is to reclaim democracy from the rule of Big Money by winning an amendment to the United States Constitution which guarantees fundamental political equality and ends the corrupting influence of money-in-politics for good.
We will win by using escalating campaigns of nonviolent action to mobilize a critical mass of active public support for our cause. These campaigns will unfold through four phases.
The Four Phases:
Phase 1: Build the movement through creative nonviolent actions, forming teams, doing trainings
Phase 2: Escalate to mass civil disobedience to create a moral & political crisis
Phase 3: Unite the movement around a common agenda of Constitutional & legislative reform
Phase 4: Escalate to mass noncooperation, if necessary, until the reform agenda is enacted
Share the strategy … build the movement.
For info: http://www.99rise.org/action