Background

“Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.”  -Aristotle

Democracy belongs to all of us, not the highest bidder.
 
Between 2006 and 2012, Wall Street spent $4.2 billion (that's $1,331 each minute for six years) on lobbying and corporate campaign contributions to candidates running for public office. Once in office, bought-and-sold legislators support and approve corporate-drafted policies that whittle away at our country’s safety nets and vital programs and instead fund bailouts that end up in big bank boss bonuses. The largest campaign contributions to Congressional candidates of both parties consistently come from the finance, insurance, and real estate industry (the F.I.R.E. sector, which includes big banks), the very big banks that promote deregulation in favor of casino capitalism, foreclose on the homes of veterans and families, chain students to five-figure student debt, and lobbies against affordable healthcare. How are we to survive and take care of our families if we do not severe finance sector’s stranglehold over our own democracy? It is up to us to stop corporate money from drowning out the needs of the 99%. 
 
The time for change is here. Mobilizations and movements for real, system-level change, are growing in size and support. Wall Street criminals have built a house of cards this is collapsing amidst poor regulation and enforcement. It is time for us to rise against their ruinous greed and stop Wall Street from implanting legislators who don’t represent us. 
 
We need to Elect Democracy for a Change.
 
How?
 
By holding legislators accountable for doing their job: representing constituents. By refusing to accept the ‘lesser of two evils’ as a vehicle for real change. By exposing the corrupting power of money in politics and then cleansing our democracy through invigorated and furious participation, both inside and out. By toxifying the dirty money from big banks so that no legislator would want to be associated with it. By creating viable alternatives. By listening to the wisdom and experience of global civil society. By supporting our communities. By standing up for dignity and showing the 1% what a healthy democracy really looks like.
 




 

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