Democracy Spring: Hundreds Of Progressive Activists Start Sit In On Capitol Building Steps To Protest Money In Politics

UPDATED: 2:38 PM EST

Hundreds of progressive activists are currently sitting in on the steps of the United States Capitol building to protest the outsized influence of corporate money in American politics.

The movement called Democracy Spring is based on Moral Monday‘s, the religiously driven campaign that increased voter engagement and participation on a number of political issues.

Police have started arresting the peaceful protestors, who include The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur.

“It’s time to take mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy,” a statement on the Democracy Spring website. “This April, in Washington, D.C., we will demand a Congress that will take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.”

According to the movement’s website, the campaign started on April 2nd with a “march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia” and it culminated  today at the Capitol building.

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