Move to Amend Reports on Democracy Awakening

May 5, 2016

Move to Amend Reports connects you with activists and organizers working on the frontlines of the democracy movement, to bring you the lowdown on corporate rule, corporate personhood, and money as speech.

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April 16-18 in Washington D.C., Democracy Awakening was a mobilization of hundreds of protesters to  put on rallies and speakers to demand a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, get big money out of politics, and protect voting rights.  The mobilization was endorsed by hundreds of organizations, creating a broad coalition representing the labor, peace, environmental, student, racial justice, civil rights and money in politics reform movements.  Hundreds of protesters were arrested at the events, including infamous Ben & Jerry co-founder, Ben Cohen, garnering national attention.  

Join our conversation with Johannes Epke, Move to Amend East Coast Volunteer Coordinator, who spent a few days representing Move to Amend at Democracy Awakening.  Johannes gives us the full scoop on what the event held, high points, low points, and some very important lessons on the current democracy movement.

Johannes Epke joined the Move to Amend team in July 2013 and works remotely from his home in Brooklyn, NY. He currently serves on the Grassroots Movement, Political Organizing, and Law & Research committees.  Prior to joining Move to Amend, Johannes worked as an attorney in California with a focus on environmental justice and Clean Air Act enforcement. He has worked with several nonprofit environmental organizations in various capacities, including volunteer coordinator and board member.  Johannes has a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

Move to Amend Reports is hosted by Laura Bonham and Egberto Willies, members of Move to Amend's National Leadership Team. Executive producer is Keyan Bliss. Production team is Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Keyan Bliss, Laura Bonham, Egberto Willies and Renee Babcock with assistance from Grace Novak.