Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization working to get big private money and corporations out of OUR election system and people back in.
Check out what our students are doing on campuses around the country!
In one alleged act of retaliation, two officers delivered a fierce beating to a prisoner who earlier had spoken to an ACLU representative on the block, “hitting him repeatedly in the face and knees with a flashlight” (he later received stitches on both sides of his face) before pepper-spraying him and throwing him down a flight of stairs. As the man lay bleeding, one of the deputies allegedly called out, “‘You fucking whiners, tell this to the ACLU, I dare you.’
We’re counting down the worst prisons in America. Today: Men’s Central Jail and Twin Towers Correctional Facility (Los Angeles)
Picnic @ Sonoma (hosted by intern Kimberly Barbosa Soeiro!) highlighting how $ in politics affects raising of the minimum wage!
Upon returning from the Summit this weekend, I have much to think about and reflect upon.
1. The kids I work with are amazing. All smart, talented, creative, and energized. They come from diverse backgrounds, with different interests and reasons for joining our cause.
2. Diplomatic and informed discussion is something that means a great deal to me. During out discussion Saturday night, I found myself moved to tears. I was simply moved by the way in which we were all speaking. The conversation topic was “Where do we go (as Democracy Matters) in light of the Occupy Movement”. I agree that this should have included the other, just as important topics of the Wisconsin, Union movements in this country and the other movements across the world which are informing our motives in this country to stand up and be heard.
3. I believe I have found my calling. While I may not be the strongest public speaker, I can work on that. Organizing this event was amazing and watching it unfold was almost unfair. Everything happened so fast, and with so much fervor, I was sad to see it go back so quickly. Working with the youth of this country, sharing information and passion about change in our politics is something I think I can make a career out of. Teaching, training, mentoring, and moving WITH the students with which I interact.
Thank you to all who attended. I am grateful for you all.