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I've always believed in this phrase intellectually and spiritually.  

Democracy Only Works If You Participate

Now I can believe it experientially.  I co-lead a civic engagement group called Occupy Democracy - Pasadena (ODP).  Our group has been active since tax day of 2011, though at that time we hadn't yet come together as a group officially.

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People like these inspired a few of us to make this a more sustainable group and name it.  It was with some persistence and imagination that our group can now claim this victory. . . .

We made a congressman, our Congressman, Adam Schiff take a strong stand to overturn the "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling using a constitutional amendment!  This is a picture of 4 of the 20 in our ODP leadership group at a meeting the congressman requested from us!

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We:

**demonstrated in the street and got media attention
**created a petition and gathered signatures of 700 neighbors
**met with our congressman (who offered us nothing substantive)
**demonstrated again in the street
**gathered 300 more signatures on our petition
**got into the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena and flyered it with the congressman's office number
**we flyered 3 different farmers markets in the congressman's newly redisticted CD and asked people to call his office - 1000 flyers distributed and hundreds of real conversations were had with his new constituents.
**won!  We Moved a Congressman to Do What is Right!'
and we continue to work in our community, hoping now to be a part of an effort to successfully save our Mack Robinson Postal Distribution Facility from being closed by PMG Patrick Donahoe.

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