We applaud Congressman Rick Nolan’s dogged approach to reversing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the same rights as people.
Two new members of Congress, Reps. Rick Nolan, DFL-Minn., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., will introduce a resolution on Tuesday aimed at reducing corporate influence in politics through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Last week, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. speciously defended the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case by arguing that the ruling, which allowed unlimited independent campaign spending by corporations and unions, was not really groundbreaking at all.
A mass grassroots election protection movement has been born. It's finally forced the issues of mass disenfranchisement and hackable electronic voting machines into the mainstream.
And it's emerged from this election with a must-do list of things that need to be accomplished---soon---if we are to retain any shreds of American democracy.
"We the People" say no to big $ - David Cobb, National Spokesperson-Move to Amend joins Thom Hartmann. At the polls yesterday - voters in 100 communities across America overwhelmingly said no to corporate money influencing our democracy. Is a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United now on the horizon?
Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream fame has discovered an incredibly effective speech-making technique. He demonstrated it at a recent alternative-newspaper-publishers convention in Burlington, Vermont. Setting down a gigantic bag filled with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Jerry began his remarks by saying that the ice cream would take about 10 minutes to soften up.
Howard Zinn once said that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.
Ben Cohen is hoping that’s the case. While Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, is primarily known for the ice cream empire that bears his name, on Oct. 17 the progressive activist kicked off a cross-country journey with one goal in mind: getting money out of politics.
"We have the best Congress money can buy," humorist Will Rogers quipped in the 1930s. More recent comedians have suggested that politicians wear NASCAR-like jumpsuits so citizens can see the logos of all of their sponsors.
Trouble is, the joke is no longer funny. Many of us think special-interest money and the corruption it creates are threatening the very future of American democracy.
Islanders are applying the “think local first” philosophy to address a national issue. Move to Amend Kitsap, a local affiliate of a national campaign, will host a Grassroots Forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Ave. Organizers of the gathering hope to start some dialogue on what can be done at the local level to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen’s United ruling.