Press Coverage

Seeking to Curb Corporate Influence on Politics

March 6, 2013

HARRISBURG, PA - They can't breathe. They don't bleed. They don't digest food.

But, as Mitt Romney famously blurted, corporations are people - at least under the law. In the Citizens United decision in 2010, for instance, the Supreme Court recognized that corporations have the constitutional right of free speech, something most people assumed belonged to actual carbon-based life-forms.

Justice Alito, Citizens United and the Press

November 19, 2012

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. In fact, he said, all it did was reaffirm that corporations have free speech rights and that, without such rights, newspapers would have lost the major press freedom rulings that allowed the publication of the Pentagon Papers and made it easier for newspapers to defend themselves against libel suits in New York Times v.

An Election Protection Agenda for 2016

November 14, 2012

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. 

Money is not free speech

October 25, 2012

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.

Stamping Money Out Of Politics

October 22, 2012

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.

It May Be Time for Drastic Action to Stem the Tide of Campaign Cash

August 30, 2012

"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.

Move to Amend Grassroots Forum Shares Local Effort to “Save Democracy”

July 11, 2012

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.

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