Democracy Rising

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Democracy Rising was an organization founded in 2001 to oppose corporate corruption and later morphed into an organization opposed to the military actions of the United States against Iraq and, after the Iraq War, to promote an exit strategy to end the occupation of Iraq.

Originally consisting of three volunteers, Jason Kafoury (National Coordinator), Matthew Zawisky (National Organizer), and Richard Martin (National Operations Manager and Web Administrator), it collaboratively organized stadium and smaller sized manifestations called "Super Rallies" across the Eastern United States (Tampa, Florida, Wall Street, New York, Buffalo, New York, Trenton, New Jersey, and others) under the umbrella of a 501 (c)(4) non-profit organization (US Federal EIN # 54-2043043) originally founded by Ralph Nader. Focusing on corporate corruption during the run up and aftershock of the Enron debacle, it eventually merged into an anti-war group led by Kevin Zeese following the 2004 elections. At that time, it changed its website domain from a "" to "".

It was then that it became a member of United for Peace and Justice. Its web site contained Ralph Nader's interactive blog as well as one by Kevin Zeese, director of the organization and a 2006 U.S. Senate candidate in Maryland.[1] The organization folded in late 2007.

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  1. ^ American Chronicle "In Maryland, Kevin Zeese Takes On The Power Brokers", (October 2005)