Massachusetts Calls for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Massachusetts is now the 7th state to call on Congress for a Constitutional Amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling!!

Pam Wilmont, Common Cause Massachusetts. Just before adjourning, the Massachusetts legislature passed a resolution in support of a Constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. Massachusetts is now the seventh state to join this movement to control money in politics. Thanks to your calls and emails, Massachusetts has sent a strong message to Congress that we believe this unjust ruling cannot stand.

Spare Change for 'Big Oil'

 Citizens across Massachusetts will hold tongue-in-cheek “donation drives” on August 4, for the Big Five oil companies —
to find out how Americans really feel about fossil fuel subsidies — and share these feelings with our Senators, John Kerry and Scott Brown.

Actions are happening in Arlington, Amherst, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Savoy, Somerville, Waltham, and other sites across Massachusetts.
These actions are being coordinated by 350ma.org.

Overturn Citizens United! July 26th State House Action to Support Passage of S.772

About 6 months ago Sen. Jamie Eldridge called for an Amendment to the Constitution, S.772, to protect the rights of humans (not corporations) and to restore our right to fair elections. This bill comes in the wake of the 2010 Supreme Courts decision on Citizens United, which states that Corporations are people under the constitution and their rights to free speech should not be limited. More recently the Supreme Court looked at the decision again, and once again they upheld the ruling. The conservative judge's stance on the subject was that they do not believe the Corporate speech will hinder peoples speech in elections.

We have the opportunity on Thursday (7/26/12) to directly help the effort to overturn this monumental decision. Eldridge's bill will be in front of the Senate on the 26th. We need to show our support this week!

General Assembly Notes 15 July 2012

Working Group Announcements

Citizens United. There will be a Citizens United Working Group meeting tonight, after this General Assembly.

Farmers Market. Occupy Arlington will be at the Farmers Market this Wednesday the 18th, and next Wednesday the 25th. Presence will be from 4 to 6:30 pm. Susan Lees is point person for this Wed.

General Assembly Notes 1 July 2012

Around 12 people attended: Julie, Susan, Mike M, Anna, Lynette, Steve, Jim (guest), Caspar, Gina, Dick, David Lan, (Chris L andAnn M for the beginning)

Summary

  • We'll be at the Arlington Farmers Market on July 18th and July 25th. We'll use these appearances to promote the July 29th Summer Gathering.
  • Chris L. will bring signup sheets (for the Farmers Market events) to the next GA.
  • Ann will take point in organizing the July 11th appearance.
  • We adopted Lynette's proposal to sponsor a Witness for Peace event this fall.

Sunday, July 29th - Summer Gathering

WEATHER UPDATE: With a 60% chance of thunderstorms predicted this afternoon, we'll be scheduling our Summer Gathering indoors, where we'll be drier and warmer.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, upper level (5:30 - 8:30). Thank you for letting others know that the Summer Gathering is ON!

Interoccupy Working Group Planning and Organizing Meeting

Occupy Arlington's Interoccupy working group is hosting a planning and organizational meeting Friday, July 6th, at 5:30 pm, at the Arlington Senior Center. We'll discuss the potential for coordinating between different local occupy movements, first of all through a shared "Occupy Middlesex" calendar of actions, and by other strategies of sharing resources, energy, and activists' time.

Budget for All Referendum Petition Complete!

The Budget for All referendum petition drive is successfully completed here in Arlington and the ballot question will appear in both districts!  We turned in 225 certified signatures for the 23rd Middlesex (Rep Sean Garballey's district) and 205 for the 24th (formerly Rep Will Brownsberger's district, now vacant).

Occupy Arlington, Arlington 25% Solution and Arlington UJP all contributed. Huge thanks to Barbara Boltz who led the effort -- and to all who helped and supported this work.

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