This pair of events was by all means welcome; and it's truly wonderful to see folks mobilizing especially during the campaign cycle to help folks understand the threats to our democracy. I applaud the effort, but some of these claims are overstated.
4) Democracy Spring Caused a National Conversation about Money in Politics
The national conversation on money in politics has been ongoing since Citizens United passed. If not for the work of many democracy groups over the last six years (and before) who set the stage for Democracy Spring/Awakening, and the Sanders campaign raising huge sums in small donations proving what's possible, the whole thing may not have been as successful as it was. In fact, it likely wouldn't have happened at all.
1) Democracy Spring Drastically Expanded the Democracy Coalition
Move to Amend, which launched on the day the Citizens United decision was announced, is a coalition of around 500 organizations. This coalition was obviously missing from these two events because the event organizers did not want to take on abolishing all corporate constitutional rights. Great that new folks are becoming empowered to fight for real democracy, but what about the folks who've been helping to build the democracy movement for years, have developed many tools, resources, and successful strategies, and are ready to get to the root of the problem?
5) Democracy Spring Altered the Complexion of the Money in Politics Movement
Kudos for diversity! There is serious work to be done to overcome the racial divide. The work is intentional, ongoing, and fraught with conflict. Many long established organizations and coalitions have been doing and continue to do this work, because communities of color are We the People, too. I really hope this effort continues to grow, but the claim "they altered the complexion" fails to recognize the work of so many others, and it is the kind of work, which so often gets overlooked.
I will lay myself down to abolish all corporate constitutional rights, but not so for half measures. Democracy Spring/Awakening is fulfilling an important role, but their demands are only a portion of the solution to what ails us. If they want to lead a democracy movement, Democracy Spring/Awakening leaders need to make room at the table for other already existing (and yet to be) movement leaders and coalitions in setting demands and developing linked strategies, especially with those organizations representing coalitions.
Democracy Spring/Awakening really was a wonderful thing; it is difficult to organize events of this magnitude. There's no reason to overstate it though. It actually does a disservice to those organizations, coalitions, and individuals whose work either came before, was ignored, or is unknown to the leaders of these events, and it makes it harder to build the desperately needed coalitions and alliances to take on corporate rule and transform this crumbling democracy.