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 enjoy music; to receive encouragement, hugs, and mutual support.On Saturday, October 7, 2017 (Columbus Day weekend), in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S., the March for Democracy 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. Columbus Day weekend 2017 marks the 525th anniversary of Europeans' arrival in the Americas with all that that entailed, particularly for Native Americans, and regardless of background is a good time to individually and collectively take stock of where we are as members of the human tribe, where we have been, and what we want to do next.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 in Washington, D.C., and across the country, 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? SISTER MARCHES: To see the other march locations offered via the Eventbrite reservation system so far, scroll down this page to just beyond the organizer description and click on the blue-colored word "PROFILE." The list of sister marches is still in its early stages and expanding. If you don't see a march listed for your town on Eventbrite, consider volunteering for a local march (http://www.themarchfordemocracy.com/volunteers) or alternatively joining a march in the nearest big city. Even if you do see your preferred location, please volunteer anyway. All of the marches need additional help. PARTNER MARCH: Since the previously separate National Popular Vote March for 2020 now is part of the March for Democracy, feel free to RSVP via either's Eventbrite listings, but not both so we can keep an accurate count for planning purposes. OUR WEBSITE: http://www.themarchfordemocracy.com TO VOLUNTEER: http://www.themarchfordemocracy.com/volunteers TO DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/march-for-democracy THANK YOU!