NEW YORK — August 10, 2010. MoveOn is worried. Apparently so were a hundred or so of their closest friends.
The progressive Democrats held a rally a “Rally for Democracy” in which “New York City residents gathering to support fundamental changes to recapture our government from Corporate Lobbyists and CEOs” took to the streets.
On Tuesday, August 10, at high noon, over 100 New Yorkers gathered outside Senator Charles E. Schumer’s office in Manhattan, at Third Ave. and 47th Street. The demonstraters were there to rally support for the “Fight Washington Corruption Pledge.” The Pledge addresses three issues that MoveOn members have identified as critical to the preservation of U.S. democracy: lobbying reform, election reform and reversing the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision, which essentially allows corporations to campaign for political parties and candidates without spending limits.
According to MoveOn this has the effect of “Putting our candidates up for sale. This is not democracy and must be answered. These three fundamental areas need to be changed before other political issues will be able to receive open debate and consideration.”
According to organizers a goal of the rally was to unite “People who advocate for positive change, to educate fellow citizens on how their hard-earned liberties are jeopardized by bloated corporate wealth and to show Senator Schumer the voice and desires of his constituents, so that he can vote with our interests in mind.”
The rally featured speakers from Citizens Action, Common Cause, and the Public Campaign Action Fund, among others.