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March for Democracy: SALT LAKE CITY sister march

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Political change always comes from the bottom up and requires that people have a chance to talk and listen; to bounce ideas around; to laugh and make music; to receive encouragement, hugs, and mutual support.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the March for Democracy in Salt Lake City will be such a day with your assistance and celebrates the commitment of grassroots movements and people from all walks of life to work together toward the common good.

But the march also acknowledges the seriousness of the threats against democracy in the U.S. and abroad and recognizes that we need everyone to do their part. The current waves of populism and authoritarianism are just the latest onslaughts and are, in fact, direct outcomes of the corporatism and big-money infiltrations that not only have created ever-widening gaps of economic inequality but political weakness and corruption.

Meanwhile too many of us retreated into our private and professional lives and mostly stood on the political sidelines.

Democracy truly is not a spectator sport, or at least not if we want to enjoy the many benefits that fully realized democracies can bring.

Today, we are at a special moment in history. More people than ever before have access to at least a basic education, can easily find and share information, and are able to meet and organize online or in person.

We have the knowledge and tools to make the world a better place. It almost does not matter where we begin. Take a look around on October 7 and see which organizations, speakers, conversations, or signs speak to you the most.

If we are lucky, we may even be in the initial stages of a paradigm shift toward more active, more informed, more widespread citizen involvements in local, regional, national, and global politics.

Yet for the potential shift to build and sustain momentum, we need to direct our focus and resources not just at the “sexy” causes and latest news cycles but to simultaneously address seemingly less exciting structural issues, such as campaign financing and voting inequalities.

The nonpartisan "National Popular Vote March for 2020" now is part of the March for Democracy, and as one of their t-shirts suggests, "Global warming, civil rights, health care...? Yes, yes, and yes. But the National Popular Vote is FUNDAMENTAL!"

On October 7, will you join us in respectfully and peacefully acknowledging and honoring people’s deep longing for community; peace; a decent, joyous life; the common good? Will you join us in working toward a democracy that fully deserves that name?

UPDATE, AUGUST 14, 2017: The Salt Lake City event will take place even though the march at the national level has been postponed until further notice (http://www.themarchfordemocracy.com/). The Salt Lake City event is planned to be a voting rights-focused community fun fair and barbecue.

WE NEED LOCAL VOLUNTEERS! To volunteer in Salt Lake City, please email Bunnie Keen at npvgrassroots@gmail.com

THANK YOU!

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