The local Move to Amend affiliate for Cleveland, Ohio.
Please join us this Saturday to hear Derek Dissell, recent graduate at Cleveland State University, speak about the Corporatization of Higher Education.
Our meeting is Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 pm, at the Carneigie-West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 1900 Fulton Rd. between Lorain & Bridge Avenues.
The presentation by Lois Romanoff, member of Cleveland Move to Amend, at the March meeting of Cleveland Move to Amend will air on Time Warner cable, every Monday evening at 10:00 pm for the next 5 weeks on Channel 197 in Cleveland.
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.