Democracy is fragile. We have reason to worry that this fall we may see an undemocratic power grab — a coup. We also know that the people can defend our democracy. Nonviolent mass protests have stopped coups in other places, and we may have to do the same in this country.
Elections work because the public agrees to honor the results. Similarly, coups work only if the public honors them. When the public refuses to accept the coup as legitimate, coups fall apart. Refusal looks like millions of people using nonviolent tools to delegitimize the coup by demonstrating, resisting orders, and shutting down the country until democracy prevails.
That’s why we are committing now to choose democracy: by voting, making sure all the votes are counted, and preparing to take the streets in the case of a coup.
Together, we choose democracy.
We will vote.
We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted.
We will nonviolently take to the streets if a coup is attempted.
If we need to, we will shut down this country to protect the integrity of the democratic process.
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Attend A Training
How to Beat an Election-Related Power Grab
Join one of our two-hour workshops to learn how you can be ready in the event of a coup. New workshops are being added regularly.
Everyone has a role to play in defending our democracy. The Hold the Line guide is a step-by-step handbook on how to prepare and what to do in case attempts are made to subvert the election results.
If you have already signed up for “How to Beat an Election-Related Power Grab” with George Lakey and Zein Nakhoda and you are interested in additional training opportunities, we have put together a list of additional workshops.
Transition Integrity Project Report
A group of election experts ran multiple scenarios on possible disrupted Presidential elections. Their conclusion? “A show of numbers in the streets — and actions in the streets — may be decisive factors.”
Are you committed to defending democracy? Can you afford to put some money behind that commitment?
This fall, we’re helping regular people all across the country get ready to take to the streets if it becomes necessary after the November election. We’re collecting lessons from people who have stopped coups, tactical advice, and distributing handbooks and materials to prepare people.
But we need your help. Can you chip in to help us help everyone prepare?