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General News    H3'ed 4/13/16

Progressive Leaders Say Why They and Thousands Will Risk Arrest This Week to Restore American Democracy

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Hundreds of people from across the country, including leaders of scores of progressive groups, are being arrested outside the Capitol in Washington this week, where a Democracy Awakening mobilization is calling on Congress to restore voting rights protections and lessen the influence of big money. "A broad and powerful movement is now erupting in the nation’s capital,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “Four hundred people were arrested on Monday as part of Democracy Spring, one of the largest civil disobedience actions ever at the U.S. Capitol. And more arrests are continuing every day.” The protests, rallies and civil disobedience actions will continue through Monday, where thousands are expected to block entrances to Congress and then spend hours in jail, before they are released with charges likely dropped.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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