Monday, April 18 – Congress of Conscience Day of Action
Right now, too many in Congress are standing in the way of a democracy that works for all of us, including blocking Americans’ very fundamental right to vote. That’s not just wrong—it goes against the very ideas behind our democracy.
When important voices go unheard and calls for justice are ignored, it’s our responsibility to stand up.
On Monday, April 18th, hundreds will come together for a day of mass civil disobedience to save our democracy; will you be one of them? Together, we’ll push for a Congress of Conscience — one that stands up for our democracy rather than stands in its way.
Sign Up to Participate in Monday’s Non-Violent Direct Action
If you signed up to take part in Monday’s non-violent direct action either on this page or the general sign-up page, please complete this form to sign up for a training (response required).
Non-violent direct action and civil disobedience have a long history in the movement to create a democracy that truly is of, by, and for the people. With the Congress of Conscience day of action, we’ll be following in the footsteps of social movements like the Civil Rights Movement and the movement that won women the right to vote.
We know that by taking part in non-violent direct action, we may be risking arrest, and we will prepare for those situations during training. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to risk arrest to stand up against injustice, but we’re asking you to join us in this mass day of action because we know that fulfilling the promise of a democracy for us is worth it.
If you do not want to participate in the non-violent direct action, but want to be part of the day of advocacy on Capitol Hill, check the “Lobbying at the U.S. Capitol” checkbox here.
The Congress of Conscience Agenda
We need a Congress that stands up for democracy rather than stands in its way. Here’s the agenda we’re calling for Congress to pass:
- Fair consideration of the nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, including timely hearings and a vote by the full Senate.
- The Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 2867, S. 1659), legislation that would restore the protections against voting discrimination that were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Shelby County v. Holder decision, and make additional, critical updates to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- The Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12), legislation to modernize voter registration, prevent deceptive practices that keep people from the ballot box and ensure equal access to voting for all.
- The Democracy For All Amendment (H.J.Res. 22, S.J.Res. 5), a constitutional amendment that would overturn U.S. Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and allow elected representatives to set commonsense limits on money in elections.
- The Government By the People Act/Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 20 and S. 1538), a small donor empowerment measure that would encourage and amplify small contributions from everyday Americans.
Our reform agenda is aimed at creating a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counts equally — in other words, a democracy that works for all of us.
Monday please choose between taking part in Direct Action OR the Advocacy Day:
Training: Activists MUST attend a training on Saturday, Sunday, and/or the action briefing on Monday morning. Sign up for training.
Who: Democracy activists: labor, racial justice, faith, environmental groups & hundreds of concerned citizens
Bring: Your ID, $50 cash in case of arrest, your friends, essential medication in its proper prescription bottle.
Wear: Your “Sunday best” – it will show that we are unified and serious about this issue.
8am sharp: Nonviolent direct action training at the Columbus Club inside East Hall in Union Station.
845 am: Kickoff Rally at Columbus Circle
9:45am: Step off for action
For more information: Check out direct action page and the Activist FAQ.
Gather with attendees from Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) for kickoff at Area 9 on Capitol Hill between Northwest Drive and 1st St SE directly to the right of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
9am: Kickoff begins
On Monday morning, April 18th before the Democracy Awakening Lobby Day we will have a “sending forth” with faith leaders and members of Congress before we head to their offices to advocate for voting rights and getting money out of politics.
Presenters include: Marge Baker (People for the American Way); Doug Grace (Ecumenical Advocacy Days); Pastor Barry Hargrove (Prince of Peace Baptist Church, Baltimore); Rabbi Barbara Weinstein (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)
9:45am: Leave kickoff grounds
10:30am: Assemble at House and Senate staging areas for Lobby Day trainings (EAD folks will start meetings.)
11:30am: Complete trainings, including assignment and materials distribution
11:30am-12:30 pm: Lunch on your own – There are cafeterias in the House and Senate office buildings that offer very good food.
12:30pm-4:30pm: Meetings (targets and home delegations)