The Alliance believes the development of a full public funding system is the
crucial domestic reform of our age and that the achievement of such a system
will dramatically improve the health of our democracy -- a democracy that is
being smothered under the weight of large corporations and the private interests
The Alliance also believes that the achievement of public funding will not
occur until campaign finance reform efforts are galvanized into a full-fledged
reform movement. The tinder of public opinion as it relates to this issue is
dry; we hope to help provide the sparks that will ignite public opinion by
thoughtfully utilizing the established techniques of nonviolent direct action.
Nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, has always been the
activating ingredient in all the great internal transformations of the American
system. In the suffrage movement, the labor movement and the civil rights
movement we learned that people of conscience can arouse public passion and
transforms frozen social situations into dramatic triumphs for justice.
It is now clear that it is the missing ingredient in the fight for clean and
fair elections. Whether it be through our Granny D or our Democracy Brigades
Project, it is the ingredient the Alliance is now adding.