Ithaca Area Mobilization Campaign to Prevent an Election Coup

“We have a president who has openly said he might not respect the outcome of our election. We have to be ready if he claims victory before votes are counted, tries to stop counting, or refuses to accept a loss.” – The Washington Post, July 19, 2020

Stealing the election by any of these means is a coup, a power grab, a violation of the democratic process. Trump’s violations of power and law throughout the country has made this potential coup possible. The suppression and criminalization of protest, the deployment of unidentified troops accountable only to himself, the deliberate creation of chaos and violence, and the use of propaganda and outright lies that the Trump Administration has engaged in are just a few of numerous examples of abuse of power. This is unacceptable.

Many Americans have decided to mobilize to prevent or reverse a Trump coup. This is an invitation to individuals and groups in and around Tompkins County to coordinate our activities in a nonviolent campaign to that end.

By signing this letter, we publicly commit ourselves to the Choose Democracy pledge which is found at

1. We will vote.
2. We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted.
3. We will nonviolently take to the streets if a coup is attempted.
4. If we need to, we will shut down this country to protect the integrity of the democratic process.

We who sign this letter commit to coordinating our activities with one another and maintaining a nonviolent discipline. We will not be drawn into a cycle of violence, but neither will we demobilize and accept a coup if violence is instigated by others, whether in support of or in opposition to a coup.

We acknowledge the privilege we may have, by virtue of our skin color, economic status, and/or life circumstance, to publicly commit to or engage in the actions above, and understand and honor that it may be too risky for some to do so.

The groups and individuals signing this form support, commit to, and encourage the actions listed above.

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