1000 arrests at #DemocracySpring

Bil reports that “#democracyspring has exceeded 1000 arrests with our final big day. Each day we had a focus. Pretty much every problem we face is directly related to a very small number of very rich people bribing our elected officials. Which is also why the media, which is owned by them, isn’t covering the largest civil disobedience at the capitol in history.”

We note that The Boston Globe found a random man cooking a hamburger deserved its attention, but not the largest civil disobedience action in a decade in our nation’s capitol did not!

Crowd shot from Democracy Spring

Veterans for Peace at Democracy Spring

Student day at Democracy Spring

Join the Fight for $15 in 2016 on April 14

On April 14th, low-wage workers and allies will join together nationwide for a historic moment to Fight for $15. You won’t want to miss it. For every hard working underpaid worker who dreams of a better future for their family – and for every person who believes that’s a dream worth fighting for, this is it. This is the day to be louder, stronger, and more united than we’ve ever been.

Join the Fight for $15 in 2016! RSVP on Facebook or at WageAction.org

Thursday, April 14th, 3:30PM
MA State House

Save the date and stand with us for economic justice! Too many low wage workers are trapped in poverty. We are tired of being pitted against each other in a race to the bottom. Rain or Shine. Family friendly.

On Thursday, April 14th, we’ll rally at the State House in Boston at 3:30PM, followed by a short march through the Boston Common. While corporate executives, Wall Street investors and other one-percenters bounce back from the most serious economic recession in 100 years, everyone else continues to face a punishing, decades-long reality of stagnant wages. Too many of us are forced to choose between keeping a roof over our heads, paying our bills or feeding our kids. But on April 14th, we have a different choice; we can choose to stand up for what is right.

Sign up for the Thunderclap to help spread the word! A Thunderclap is a social media tool where hundreds of people can help amplify one message for a cause. All you have to do is click this link choose Support with Facebook or Support with Twitter, and it will connect your personal social media accounts! Then, on April 14th at 3:30PM, just as we’re advocating at the State House for $15/hour, all of the messages will be released. All at once. One unified message in support of the #Fightfor15 will reach tens of thousands of our friends, family, and community members – but only if you take two minutes to chip in.

Together we’re turning the tide in favor of working people and our families. And we’ll need everyone’s help – including yours – to make this a reality. We’re fed up with working families being forced to survive on poverty wages, while being exploited by companies raking in billions of dollars of profit. On April 14th, 2016, we are taking to the streets.

Will you be there to stand with us for $15/hour?

In solidarity,
The #WageAction Coalition

And remember: save the date for May 1st!

On Sunday, May 1st, we’ll also be standing up for workers’ and immigrant rights
for International Workers’ Day, or May Day. More details to follow – save the date!

On the March with Democracy Spring

Reports from Bil, who’s taking part in the DemocracySpring march.

Sleeping on Astroturf

It’s really nice. If your air mattress happens to lose air over the course of the night, you end up on something soft, not a church floor. The facility is an old warehouse that they converted to a soccer and volleyball center. The woman responsible was delightfull and completely focused on providing a center for people to play. Her #1 concern is that a developer will tear it down when she leaves and turn it into condos.

Sleeping on Astroturf

Passing Beltsville, MD

Passing Beltsville, MD

thousands sit in from Democracy Spring, arrests beginning

Thousands say "one person, one vote"

Looks like over 1,000 arrests

“Today, April 12, 2016, Bil Lewis, an Occupier from Occupy Boston and citizen journalist called in to report on Democracy Spring. He said he is so humbled by the people who are willing to put their bodies on the line and be arrested for their country.

Captain Ray Lewis, a retired police captain, who was arrested in New York City in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street was also arrested in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2016. Bil Lewis saw and reported Captain Lewis’s arrest, as well as that of a man in a wheelchair. It was all peaceful, smooth, and the numbers are over whelming Washington, D.C. It looked like more than 1000 Americans were arrested for the good of their country, today.

Tomorrow, Tuesday April 12, 2016 the elders will come in their hundreds to be arrested. Men and women who are 65, 75, 80 or older and want to leave a better country for their children and grandchildren by getting the money out of politics and over turning the Citizens United decision and pushing their congressmen and congresswomen to do their jobs will lay their bodies on the line in the hundreds, and perhaps thousands.

Thousands march during Democracy Spring

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Captain Ray Lewis: massive disobedience is next

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