David Schwenk

David Schwenk is a writer and activist currently at work on a book about citizens empowering themselves through direct, non-violent action. He can be contacted at dschwenk76@gmail.com

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Five Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced for Disrupting the U.S. Supreme Court
In April of 2015, five pro-democracy activists stood up in the U.S. Supreme Court to denounce the justices for allowing unlimited sums of money to corrupt our politics. This action occurred on the one-year anniversary of the McCutcheon v. FEC ruling, in which the court ruled that the overall...
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Monday, June 12, 2017
People's Summit Vows to Transform Resistance into Power
Progressive organizers, activists, and politicians gathered this weekend in Chicago for the Second Annual People's Summit and delivered an emphatic message to the Democratic Party that lost to Donald Trump: We are the future of this country, and only our people's movement toward justice will...
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Friday, June 09, 2017
Promise in the Land of Despair: The Crisis Is Not Over in Flint, Michigan
For many Flint residents, fear and despair plague their every day. Hobbled by illness and unsure about the safety of the city water supply, they have quit expecting city and state officials to help them recover from a water crisis that began over three years ago. Not only have pipes not been fixed...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
Calling for an End to Corruption, 23 Arrested at the Pennsylvania State Capitol
Chanting “Pass the gifts ban, do your job” and “Drain the swamp,” a boisterous crew of March on Harrisburg participants and members of the Teamsters Union jammed the hallways outside the office of Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe on Monday to demand action on a...
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Monday, May 15, 2017
March on Harrisburg: What Democracy Is All About
Determined to pressure politicians to support three pieces of pro-democracy legislation, scores of activists set off from Philadelphia on Saturday on a 100-mile trek to the Pennsylvania state capitol. Called March on Harrisburg, this action grew out of the Democracy Spring march on Washington, DC...
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Rediscovering the Art of Democracy
Seeking to provide citizens a voice where our political parties fail, the People's Peace and Justice Convention convened over the weekend in Cleveland to create a people's platform ahead of the Republican National Convention. Activists and community organizers gathered to identify issues of...
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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Planting Corn, Not Pipelines
During the early stages of resistance against the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska, an unlikely alliance of farmers, ranchers, environmentalists and Native Americans held a spiritual gathering at the farm of Art Tanderup. While gathered in a tepee during a cold night, Mekasi Horinek of the Ponca...
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