HOW TO GET BIG MONEY OUT OF ELECTIONS & RECLAIM THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ‘WE THE PEOPLE’

Please join David Cobb, nationally known spokesperson for Move to Amend, as he pulls back the curtain on the decades-old story of how corporations have gotten the Supreme Court to give them constitutional rights reserved for the people by the framers of the Constitution. Using these rights, corporations and the super-rich are now allowed to spend unlimited sums to influence our elections!

David’s talk couldn’t be better timed.  On November 6, nearly a third of Massachusetts voters will have the chance to vote on the “Democracy Amendment” question, a nonbinding ballot question calling for a constitutional amendment to end corporate constitutional rights and allow us to establish spending limits in political campaigns.

Meet other concerned citizens who want to reclaim our democracy! Get involved in the growing national movement for an amendment to the US Constitution!

Date:    Thursday, September 20th, from 7p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location:   Natick Senior Center,  90 Oak Street, Natick MA

David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.  He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need. 

Co-Sponsored by Common Cause, Democracy Amendment Coalition of MA, Occupy Natick
Progressive Democrats of America – Greater Boston (PDA)

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Jeff Clements: We the People v. Citizens United

Citizens United is catastrophic in itself but the problem runs deeper.

Citizens United is the most extreme extension of a concerted, well-funded campaign for “corporate rights” that has been building for decades.

With increasing aggressiveness, corporations have persuaded activist courts to rewrite the First Amendment to include “corporate speech,” not just human speech. Corporations now use this twisted theory to demolish public laws that stand in the path of corporate profit.

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‘We the People’ can Overturn ‘Citizens United’

There are only two ways a Supreme Court ruling can be overturned.  The court can do so in a new case, or the people can do so by ratifying a Constitutional amendment, as we have done at least six times before.

Given the corporate-friendly approach of the current Roberts court, we cannot wait for the Supreme Court to correct Citizens United.

–Jeff Clements and Rep. Jim McGovern, in the Boston Globe, January, 2012

Event: LWV: Is money putting our democracy at risk? (May 17)

Pushing Back on Money in Politics

May 17, 2012, 7:30pm, Concord, MA

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will co-sponsor a public forum moderated by Tom Ashbrook, Host of WBUR’s On Point, with panelists Lawrence Lessig, Jeff Clements and Mimi Marziani on Thursday, May 17 at Concord-Carlisle High School.

Lawrence Lessig (Professor, Harvard Law School)

Doors open at 7:00pm; no reserved seating; program starts at 7:30pm. Free and open to all.

For more information: PushingBack@lwvcc.org; 978-254-1598. Download event flyer and press release.

Jeff Clements (Concord Author and Lawyer) on Amending the Constitution

State and local resolutions [such as MA S772 and Needham’s Town Meeting petition are] “calling on Congress to send to the states a Constitutional Amendment to restore the First Amendment to what it was for over 200 years–

protection for the totally unfettered speech rights for people, but NOT for corporate rights and power to overrule the people.

“Citizens United” says that it doesn’t matter what the people think, and that the First Amendment protects corporations and their “right” to put all the money they want (as the decision sees it) into our elections.

If you agree that a responsive self-government of the people can’t survive that doctrine, then the Amendment is the path.

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