April 2016 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...VOTER REGISTRATION...APRIL WEEK OF ACTION...SUPREME COURT...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...JOIN US IN DC...SAVING DEMOCRACY VIDEO...MONEY ON MY MIND...FACTS YOU CAN USE... CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT Democracy Matters students at Marygrove College in Detroit have built an exciting new DM chapter there. They have been especially successful in creating coalitions. They have worked with off-campus organizations including the NAACP, the Michigan Student Power Network, and the Public Transportation Workers Union. On campus, they have co-sponsored events with Women’s Studies, the Music Department, Black Lives Matter, Catholic Sisters, and the Black Student Union. Two teach-ins – on “Democracy 4 $ale,” and on the intersectionality of Black Lives Matter, money in politics, and black political mobilization - drew large audiences from both the college and the community. In addition to all of this, the chapter led by Denzel ... Continue Reading

Spring Awakening

The power exercised by private wealth in this country is all pervasive. It shows up in every walk of life: education, health care, housing, employment, the criminal justice system, and of course in politics. But as the gap between the privileged few and everyone else has become a yawning chasm, an oppositional movement has come to life. Occupy Wall Street first brought the problem of inequality to public prominence, and Bernie Sanders has carried it into the electoral realm. The 5,000 people Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening mobilized in Washington during the weekend of April 16-18 -- with more than 1,000 people engaged in civil disobedience and arrested by the Capitol police -- has built on those efforts. Could it be that we are witnessing the growth of a social movement that will provide the political dynamism necessary to create a more egalitarian America? There are grounds for optimism. The coalition ... Continue Reading