The local Move to Amend affiliate for Cleveland, Ohio.
Free Film Showing
Saturday, February 8 / 1:30 pm
Cleveland Public Library, Fulton Branch
3545 Fulton Road (between Lorain and Bridge avenues)
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Mahall’s 20 Lanes
13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood
Corporations are not people.
Money is not speech
Statewide Monthly Conference Call
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone: (215) 241-7110
Toll Free: 866-318-6943
Access Code: 68412962
Please submit agenda items. The agenda will be sent out the week of the call.
The Lakewood Move To Amend Comittee is sponsoring "We The People" Day on Saturday, February 1, to host a community conversation about money in politics. A panel of public officials including Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, State Representative Nickie Antonio and Lakewood City Council Member Tom Bullock will guide the discussion. Following prepared remarks from panel members, community members will be encouraged to offer observations and ask questions about the influence of large political contributions from nonhuman entities as wealthy donors to candidates for public office.
As wasteful, painful and embarrassing as the government shutdown has been, it pales in comparison to the democracy shutdown - that is, the immobility and stagnation of government to represent the public interest. The disconnect between what the public wants and what laws and rules we have widened over the decades as corporations have acquired never-intended constitutional rights and money has been defined constitutionally as "speech" - thus, in both cases, beyond the reach of meaningful public regulation and definition.
The following is a guest column by Greg Coleridge, director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee who also served on the Cuyahoga County Transition Advisory Committee on Campaign Finance Reform. He writes in favor of amending the Cuyahoga County charter to impose limits on donations to candidates seeking countywide office.