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.
Today, Democracy Now! looked at the record level of spending in the 2012 election post-Citizens United with Mother Jones reporters Andy Kroll and Monika Bauerlein, whose new cover story is "Follow the Dark Money."
The conservative Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wisconsin yesterday became the most recent community to endorse a challenge to corporate personhood.
Republican Party primary voters in West Allis approved by 70% a resolution calling for an amendment to the US Constitution that would overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court.
Despite growing up in what he calls “rural poverty” in a home that didn’t have a flush toilet, David Cobb later established a private law practice in Houston and ran for president on the Green Party ticket. These days, Cobb works on the law and research committee of Move to Amend and recently spoke at Wasatch Commons *.
In a recent New York Times story during a discussion on the unemployment problem in the U. S., an Apple executive flatly stated, “We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems.”