Chose Democracy

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.

Our Pledge:

  1. We will vote.
  2. We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted.
  3. We will nonviolently take to the streets if a coup is attempted.
  4. If we need to, we will shut down this country to protect the integrity of the democratic process.

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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.

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10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup

How we think and talk about the possibility of a coup matters. Here are the 10 things we think you should know as we prepare for the possibility of an undemocratic power grab.

Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

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.

More Trainings
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.”

Read their report…