On Wednesday, April 8th, 7:00pm., Pay 2 Play, a documentary about the corrosive influence of big money in politics, will be shown at the 1st Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington Center. Following the movie, Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, will lead a discussion about the various campaigns to take back democracy. Admission is free, so please come, and bring friends!
Both a Senate and House Bill, based on PassMassAmendment language, have successfully been filed in the Massachusetts State House!!!
On January 16, proposals based on PassMassAmendment were filed in the Massachusetts House and Senate by lead sponsors Senator Kenneth Donnelly, Representative Dave Rogers and Representative Paul Mark, as a proposed amendment to the MA State Constitution, based on Corporations are not People. Money is not Speech.
1/21/15 is the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgate$$$$. Just a reminder, and possibly a good day to send a message to those who agree that "Corporations are not People. Money is not Speech." That Occupiers are growing louder and more visible as our struggle continues. We have taken on a variety of issues and partnered with many groups that aim to foster the common good. We are still the 99%, in all our diverse forms, as we continue our work.
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.
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!
Through the combined efforts of Common Cause, Occupy Arlington, Move to Amend and neighbors on Peabody Road, we have the requisite number of certified signatures in each of the Middlesex 23rd and Middlesex 24th Districts to place the following resolution on the ballot in November: