April 12

Democracy Jailers

What is the Democracy Spring protest about?

This election year has been a whirlwind to say the least. Donald Trump is not only running to be the Republican nominee but is currently in the lead. Underdog Senator Bernie Sanders is slowly and steadily creeping up behind Hillary having won the last 8 of 9 primaries and caucuses. Although Senator Sanders is winning the votes he is not winning the delegates. This year has shed light on the crooked system that is our so called democracy in America. The Electoral College is there to protect the country from electing someone like Donald Trump, who has no experience in politics or government affairs and it seems they are also there to put into place someone they prefer overall.

News Observer

Yesterday, thousands arrived at the steps of the US Capitol in protest of superdelegates. Superdelegates are unpledged delegates to the Democratic convention. They do not have to choose who they will support based on primary and caucus results. Superdelegates are usually, current and former democratic politicians. Superdelegates’ vote are not counted until the convention (July 25th-28th). Since the creation of superdelegates in the 1980’s, their vote has never contradicted the pledged delegates. This election year has been a bit different though. An example would be what just happened in Wyoming. Senator Sanders won in Wyoming, by what we would usually say is a large margin but still didn’t net more delegates than his opponent. The delegates and superdelegates of Wyoming, though their constituents voted for Senator Sanders, they opted to support Hillary Clinton. I think it’s safe to say this may be the first year they contradict the constituents’ choice.

So, yesterday, on April 11th the Democracy Spring movement arrived at the steps of the capitol after marching from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to have a peaceful protest. The Democracy Spring is a nonviolent act of civil disobedience in protest of big money corporations corrupting our democracy, and for the support of free and fair elections that give every American an equal voice. The sit in is scheduled to last from April 11th – April 18th and over 400 protestors were arrested on the first day.

Protesters with a coalition of progressive groups sit in front of the U.S. Capitol steps Monday as part of the Democracy Spring demonstration.

Peter Overby/NPR

It is said that the DC jails were running out of space with how many arrests were made yesterday – can they handle any more arrests if more people continue to show up in support of this cause?

Stay tuned for more updates and info on the Democracy Spring!