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March for Truth

Website:

www.marchfortruth.info/

Formation:

2017

March for Truth is a left-of-center coalition of activist groups that have rallied and lobbied in support of investigations into alleged 2016 Trump campaign improprieties and in support of President Donald Trump being impeached and removed from office. The group originally organized a series of marches in cities across the country on June 3, 2017 calling for an investigation into the Trump campaign.

Since the original march the group has continued to organize and rally activists to continue to apply pressure for investigation and now impeachment and removal from office. When the Department of Justice released the investigation report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, March for Truth organized reading groups and online discussion classes to go over its findings, and now currently runs “Impeachment University,” an online series of video discussions where activists and politicians explain the impeachment process and lay out their case for why President Trump should be impeached and removed.

­History

The March for Truth is a coalition of left-of-center groups that was founded in early 2017 to demand investigations into alleged improper activities by the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The group organized marches in cities across the country on June 3, 2017 demanding an investigation into potential crimes including an alleged criminal conspiracy with Russian intelligence disinformation and hacking operations. [1]

The coalition continued to press for investigations through 2018 and the beginning of 2019, before beginning to advocate for Congress to impeach and remove President Donald Trump. In the summer of 2019 the group launched Impeachment University, a series of online videos featuring left-of-center speakers, activists, and politicians who discuss both the impeachment process and why they believe President Trump should be impeached. [2] [3]

Activities

The original March for Truth event took place on June 3, 2017 in more than 100 cities across the country. The group demanded that Congress establish an independent commission to investigate whether the Trump campaign engaged in criminal collusion with Russia. In Washington, D.C. some protestors claimed that neither the Senate nor a Justice Department special counsel would be sufficiently free of politics to engage in an accurate investigation. A participant in the coalition, Free Speech for People, also demanded that Congress require President Trump to release his tax returns “to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity.” [4] [5]

The Chicago Tribune reported that the D.C. march gathered over 1,000 participants. Many of the participants were repeat marchers who stated that they had attended multiple protests against President Trump since his inauguration earlier that year, including the “Women’s March, Tax March, March for Science and more.” One marcher stated that “The fact that this man could be president for four years scares me to death.” [6]

Following the original march in June 2017 the group continued to push for investigations and released several press statements declaring that numerous marches and protests were planned in the event that President Trump fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller. [7] [8] [9]

After the release of Mueller’s investigation report, March for Truth organized the “Mueller Book Club” as a way of raising public interest in Mueller’s congressional testimony and the report itself. The project encouraged followers to start local groups to read the report and to form watch parties for the project’s livestream and analysis of Mueller’s testimony. The project involved reading the report spread across four weeks with analysis. [10]

Beginning in August of 2019, March for Truth started “Impeachment University,” an online website featuring weekly broadcasts where politicians and activists discuss what impeachment is, what the process is, and argue that President Trump should face impeachment. Speakers have included Ron Fein, the Legal Director for Free the People; U.S. Representative Al Green (D-TX), former U.S. Representative Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY) who wrote The Case for Impeaching Trump; and various other activists from the coalition that makes up the March for Truth. [11] [12]

Leadership and Coalition

March for Truth is a coalition of various groups seeking the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump and as a result does not seem to have any staff of its own. The group identifies as having been “in service to the Not Above the Law Coalition.” [13] Prominent partner groups include the Women’s March, the left-of-center activism group MoveOn.org, and the anti-Citizens United Free the People group.

Moderators of the Impeachment University video sessions have included David Sievers, a campaign director with MoveOn.org; Justin Hendrix, the executive director of the NYC Media Lab; and activist trainer and coauthor of the Resistance Guide, Sophie Lasoff. [14]

References

  1. “March For Truth: About.” MarchForTruth.info. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.marchfortruth.info/partners. ^
  2. “March For Truth: About.” MarchForTruth.info. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.marchfortruth.info/partners. ^
  3. “Impeachment University: Home.” ImpeachmentUniversity.com. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.impeachmentuniversity.com/. ^
  4. Bowman, Emma. “March For Truth Protesters Demand Independent Russia Investigation.” Npr.org, June 4, 2017. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/04/531439721/march-for-truth-protesters-demand-independent-russia-investigation. ^
  5. Holmes, Bri. “March For Truth: FSFP Joins 40+ Cities on June 3, 2017 For #MarchForTruth.” FreeSpeechForThePeople.org, May 10, 2017. Accessed November 4, 2019.  https://freespeechforpeople.org/march-for-truth-fsfp-joins/. ^
  6. Stein, Perry, and Lori Aratani. “Crowds Rally at March for Truth in Washington and Dozens of Cities.” Chicago Tribune, June 3, 2017. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-march-for-truth-trump-protest-20170603-story.html. ^
  7. “More Than 100k Americans Nationwide Pledge To Protest If Trump Fires Mueller.” MarchForTruth.info, December 18, 2017. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.marchfortruth.info/news/2017/12/18/more-than-100k-americans-nationwide-pledge-to-protest-if-trump-fires-mueller. ^
  8. “March For Truth Joins 80 Groups Urging Congressional Leaders to Strengthen Public Support for Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation.” MarchForTruth.info, December 21, 2017. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.marchfortruth.info/news/2017/12/21/march-for-truth-joins80-groups-urge-congressional-leaders-to-strengthen-public-support-for-special-counsel-muellers-investigation. ^
  9. “Nearly 200,000 Americans Nationwide Pledge to Protest If Trump Fires Mueller, Rosenstein.” MarchForTruth.info, January 29, 2018. Accessed November 4, 2019.  https://www.marchfortruth.info/news/2018/1/29/nearly-200000-americans-nationwide-pledge-to-protest-if-trump-fires-mueller-rosenstein. ^
  10. “Mueller Book Club.” MuellerBookClub.com. Accessed November 6, 2019. https://www.muellerbookclub.com/. ^
  11. “Impeachment University: Home.” ImpeachmentUniversity.com. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.impeachmentuniversity.com/. ^
  12. “Impeachment University: Videos.” ImpeachmentUniversity.com. Accessed November 6, 2019. https://www.impeachmentuniversity.com/videos. ^
  13. “March For Truth: About.” MarchForTruth.info. Accessed November 4, 2019. https://www.marchfortruth.info/partners. ^
  14. “Impeachment University: Videos.” ImpeachmentUniversity.com. Accessed November 6, 2019. https://www.impeachmentuniversity.com/videos. ^
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