To stop a coup — take the Choose Democracy pledge, and be prepared for action!
Benicians Mary Susan Gast, Kathy Kerridge and Pat Toth-Smith have done great work recently alerting us to Daniel Hunter’s article* on the very real possibility that there may be an illegal power grab after the election on November 3. Please scroll down to read the short piece by Choose Democracy, and click to sign the Choose Democracy pledge. Here in Benicia, let’s prepare for the (unlikely, we hope) prospect of a coup.
We have reason to worry that this fall we may see an undemocratic power grab—a coup. [Check “coup-o-meter” for current events indicating a coup is more or less likely.]
We also know that the people can defend democracy. Non-violent mass protests have stopped coups in other places and we have to be ready to do the same here.
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.
TAKE ACTION HERE
Go to Choose Democracy to sign this pledge:
- 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 coups is attempted
- If we need to, we will shut down this country to protect the integrity of the democratic process
Consider attending a training workshop led by George Lakey (Oct 16, 21, 22, or 27) and making LOCAL preparations for the possibility of a coup. Training sign-up at https://choosedemocracy.us/trainings/#.X4nDP2hKiUk.
*Read the article by Daniel Hunter, “10 Things You Need to Know to Stop A Coup” at https://wagingnonviolence.org/2020/09/10-things-you-need-to-know-to-stop-a-coup/
*Daniel Hunter is the Global Trainings Manager at 350.org and a curriculum designer with Sunrise Movement. He has trained extensively from ethnic minorities in Burma, pastors in Sierra Leone, and independence activists in northeast India. He has written multiple books, including the “Climate Resistance Handbook” and “Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow.”