To some, the U.S. Senate killing the Democracy For All Amendment may look like defeat, but to grassroots groups, the vote itself marks a victory.

The U.S. Senate is listening to the people. Senators spent nearly a week debating the amendment, 54 voted for it, and the amendment was just six votes short of passing. Momentum to restore democracy to the people has been gained, not lost.

Free Speech For People President, John Bonifaz explains to Angela Carella of the Stamford Advocate, “This is a huge milestone for the growing grassroots movement to reclaim our democracy. It shows the power of the people,” Bonifaz said. “It is a testament to all the work done in states and cities and towns around the country.”

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