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​Hundreds of people were arrested—Capitol Police hauled away 400 protestors on the first day—for “unlawful demonstration activity.” Those who were taken into custody were expected to be charged with “crowding, obstructing and incommoding,” according to the U.S. Capitol Police statement issued after the arrests.

Organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the rallies and events were scheduled to “draw attention to our corrupt campaign finance system and rigged voting laws.”

Adam Green, co-founder of the PCCC, said, “Today, I join others in non-violent civil disobedience in order to help focus the nation’s conversation on these key democracy issues — and the public needs politicians to start acting now.”

There have been plenty of protests that actually worked, but with Congress working only three weeks per month (and only four days of those weeks until July, when they’ll put in their first 5-day workweek of the year before a 7-week summer vacation), does this movement stand a chance?

Ghandi’s 240-mile Salt March worked, and so did the Boston Tea PartyMLK’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom has been credited with pressuring President Kennedy to draw up civil rights legislation.

On the other hand, Occupy Wall Street was a flop (though some say the group splintered and refocused) despite its massive turnout in major cities across the U.S.

What Do You Think?

Should Congress listen to the Democracy Spring protestors, or are they simply another group going about effecting change in the wrong way?

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Thousands of people marched from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in mid-April, trudging through 150 miles of snow and sleet to protest against the U.S.’s current campaign finance system and voting laws.
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