"Democracy Spring" Profiles: 99 Rise

March 21, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As we recently noted [ The Fire This Summer- Revolution in America] a new consortium of anarchist/progressive/Marxist activists [Democracy Spring] is threatening to disrupt the electoral process as the nation heads towards the polling booths this coming November.

Democracy Spring's website doesn't offer very much in the way of information such as organizational structure, steering committees, advisors and the like but it does make the grandiose claim that it will essentially shut the country down starting mid April with acts of civil disobedience.

The website does boast that it has about 115 partners in the effort.

In anticipation of the threatened street actions we thought that it might be of interest to our readers to highlight some of those organizations:


Rise99 MO, verbatim:


Phase I - Present - April 2016

Build the movement through forming teams, doing trainings, and developing leaders. Promote the Grand Strategy and articulate a reform agenda to establish political equality for all.

Phase II - April 2016 - September 2016

Intervene in the 2016 elections through mass civil disobedience to create a national crisis and a popular mandate for fundamental reform.

Phase III - September 2016 - December 2016

Mobilize voters to elect representatives and a President committed to enact the mandate. Unite the movement around the reform agenda.

Phase IV - January 2017 - December 2017

Demand that Congress, the President, and state legislatures honor the mandate and enact the reform agenda by a specified deadline. Escalate to mass civil disobedience and noncooperation if the demand is not met on time.

Phase V - January 2017 - November 2018

Monitor and enforce implementation of the reform agenda, through further escalation if necessary."

The group has issued a vague but obviously non-negotiable set of demands which it claims will be enforced by gridlocking the political process, establishing in the midst of the ensuing civil turmoil an alternative government including representatives and a president and somehow pushing aside the existent governmental structure with a "popular committee," a technique straight out of the 1871 Paris Commune which was deeply influenced by Marxist ideology.

According to the plan, the degree to which the public acquiesces to the new regime will be determined by a non-specified monitoring process and it seems if acceptance is below the group's expectations that public actions beyond civil disobedience will forcefully establish the new order.

Analysis: The group's name is derivative, having grown out of the Occupy Movement and a host of splinter subgroups which claim to represent the "99%," supposedly those whom the fat cat !% ers have "ripped off."

Politically, 99Rise is a revolutionary Marxist organization with an unknown, but assumed small, number of active members. Groups like this exist as part of the left's overall effort to make it appear much larger than it actually is. You might have 100 organizations endorsing a project but the actual number of warm bodies that impressive number implies is more than likely a relative handful of malcontents.

Translation, primarily leftist bluster, organized in mom's basement. Signs of acute indoctrination at institutions of higher learning, excessive consumption of Red Bull and entirely too much time on their hands.


Democracy Spring's full roster of supporters.

15 Now Philly


100 Grannies for a Livable Future



African American Ministers in Action
American Ethical Union

American Family Voices

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)


Backbone Campaign

Big Apple Coffee Party

Brave New Films

Catholics United

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for the Working Poor

Citizen Action NY

Climate First!

Code Pink

Coffee Party USA

Columbus Campaign for Arms Control

Conscious Elders Network

Courage Campaign

Ctzn Well

Demand Progress

Democracy Chronicles

Democracy Coffee

Democracy for America

Democracy Matters

Democratic Socialists of America


Dolores Huerta Foundation

East Coast Cannabis Coalition (ECCC)

East Point Peace Academy

Elder Activists

Elders Climate Action

Every Voice

Energy Action Coalition

Food & Water Watch

Franciscan Action Network

Friends of the Earth

Georgetown Law Students for Bernie Sanders

Get Money Out - Maryland

Human Earth Animal Liberation (HEAL)

Hightower Lowdown

Institute for Policy Studies

Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC)

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Jewish Voice for Peace

Just Foreign Policy

Leadership Development Initiative

March Against Corruption

March Against Monsanto

Maryland Committee to Amend

Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN)


Money Out! People In!


National Organization for Women (NOW)

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

National People’s Action

Network of Spiritual Progressives/ Tikkun Magazine

New Hampshire Rebellion

Occupy Catholics

Oil Change International

Office of the Americas

Other 98%
OUR Wal-Mart

PA United to Amend

Pay 2 Play

Peace Action

People Demanding Action

People for Bernie

People for the American Way

People Over Politics

People's Empowerment Project

Pride at Work-New York City/Long Island

Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

Progressive Democrats of America

Public Citizen

Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

ReThink Media




Shalom Center

Small Planet Institute

Social Security Works

South Central Wisconsin United To Amend

Spring Up

Stamp Stampede

Stop Police Terror Project DC

Sustain US

Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County

United Native Americans

United for Peace and Justice

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS)

United States Student Association (USSA)

United We Dream

U.S. Climate Plan

Ursulines of Tildonk for Justice & Peace

We are Woman

We the People Massachusetts

WildEarth Guardians


Women’s Promise

Working Families Party

Workmen’s Circle

World Beyond War

Yes Men

Youth Jobs Coalition / We Have a Future

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