A Celebration of the Monahan Brothers: Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk of Democracy will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 on the 5th Anniversary of the start of their walk beginning in San Francisco. The event is from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN. The program from 2:00 – 2:30 pm will pay tribute to Laird’s and Robin’s activism and call those attending to action. People will simultaneously gather at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 East 1st Street, Duluth, MN.
In 2010 Laird and Robin Monahan walked across the country to draw attention to the corrupting influence that big money and the court-created doctrine of corporate constitutional rights have on our democracy. Laird passed away in 2013.
“ . . . prior to their walk, neither Laird nor Robin were full-time or even part-time political activists—Laird has said the most political thing he did prior to the walk was to put a candidate’s sign up in his front yard. But, says Laird, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision got him moving like nothing before—literally.
“ ' I was devastated by the decision and I was looking for a place to put my anger,' he said. 'And I had decided that I really needed to get in touch with the American people to wake them up to what was happening to their Constitution, that it had been turned into a fraud….my country is calling me back into service and I have to go.' ” - Barbara Clancy, Alliance for Democracy, October 26, 2010
" 'The Supreme Court's decision,' Robin says, 'will allow corporations to become the greatest intimidators of our senators and representatives ever before witnessed in our country. We felt we had to do something beyond letter-writing or drafting and signing petitions. Our anger over this gutting of our political system called out to us for a physical sacrifice to stop it.' " - Nancy Price, Davis Enterprise, May 19, 2010
Friends for a NonViolent World is a co-sponsor and the fiscal sponsor of Minnesota Move to Amend State Network for this event. To make a financial contribution, go to http://www.razoo.com/story/A-Celebration-Of-The-Monahan-Brothers or mail a check payable to FNVW with “Move To Amend” in the memo to 1050 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.
Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.
We are calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
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