Jack Altschuler gave his presentation on Big Money in Politics at the Women In Action for Progress Event.
Recorded at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles Illinois on October 27, 2014.
On October 6th Lyle Hyde, Evelyn Miks, Terry Grace, David Melton and Kaye Gamble had a meeting with Senator Durbin’s, Chief of Staff, Clarisol Duque. The purpose of the meeting was to thank Senator Durbin for including language in SJR19 (Udall Amendment) that references corporate personhood. It was expressed to her that the Coalition to Restore Democracy is sincerely committed to helping Senator Durbin in an effort to pass an amendment to the Constitution. His Chief of Staff will get back with them in December as to what is happening with a possible amendment. They are hoping to establish a collaborative relationship with Durbin’s staff for the purpose of serious campaign finance reform.
Indiana University in Bloomington hosts a public debate between David Cobb of Move to Amend’s National Leadership Team and James Bopp, General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and lead attorney for Citizens United.
Watch as Bopp argues the complete integration of the corporation and the person as he speaks about living humans as a corporation and vice versa. He truly believes that corporations are living, breathing, natural entities.
Bopp said a lot of ludicrous things, including:
But the most ridiculous and out of touch thing that Citizens United’s lawyer James Bopp said is Move to Amend “has no legs and is going nowhere.”
Only someone in favor of corporate and oligarch rule over the people would come to that conclusion.
The video above was researched, written and produced by students in the Medea Creek Middle School Economics Club from the Oak Park Unified School District in Southern California. According to the school’s website, the students meet weekly “to develop and use their skills and knowledge in multiple content areas, especially mathematics and social studies.”
Here is more information from their website about the club and this video:
We discuss many issues and events from both the present and the past that relate to the economy of our country and the world. Some of the topics we have covered are: the role of money, the creation of money, international trade, banking, banking laws, fractional reserve lending, odious debt, multinational corporations, international trade, bailouts and bail-in,s austerity & privatization, digital currency and much more.
Congratulations to the 2014 economics club. After they arranged and completed an interview with former economic hit-man John Perkins, they wrote, directed, filmed and edited a successful submission for the C-SPAN documentary contest. Despite not placing in the C-SPAN competition, they received praise for their work from former assistant secretary of the treasury and editor of the wall st. journal Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, journalist and author Nomi Prins, and investigative journalist James Corbett. They even had requests from citizens in foreign countries to release it in different languages.
When this video was brought to our attention, we thought it would be important to share it with our readers. The students explain the current economic and political environment in a clear and concise manner that people of all ages will appreciate. And they put forth a positive solution. They are role models for other students and teachers who might also want to research what is going on in order to understand the challenges we face and to find solutions to those challenges.
Congratulations Medea Creek Economics Club – Popular Resistance applauds you!
Thanks to Popular Resistance:http://www.popularresistance.org/young-students-solution-to-corporate-rule/
Trans Pacific Partnership
On July 5th four members of MTA (Sandy Nickerson, Mary Shesgreen, Leanne Reis-Ong and Kaye Gamble picketed a fundraiser held for Bill Foster to ask him if he was going to vote for Fast Track for the TPP. The following editorial is written by Tom Broderick for OakPark.com
The old democracy ain’t what it used to be
To the tune of “The Old Gray Mare”: “The TPP is bad for democracy, bad for democracy, bad for democracy. The TPP is bad for democracy. It’s bad for you and me.” Two dozen of us sang this outside a fundraiser held in Oak Park recently.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, of Illinois’ 11th Congressional District, came to Oak Park on Sunday, June 22, to raise money for his political campaign. Illinoisans from four Democratic and two Republican districts were outside a home in the 600 block of Fair Oaks, protesting his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the secretive negotiation procedure.
Rep. Foster is one of four Democrats representing Illinois who refused to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter opposing “Fast Tracking” the TPP. Fast Track empowers the Executive Branch to present the TPP to our elected representatives for an “up” or “down” vote. There will be little time to review a document composed of thousands of pages. Standard amendment and debate procedures will be bypassed. Why Rep. Foster would condone such an undemocratic approach to governing is bizarre.
Three members from our picket were in the alley when Rep. Foster showed up for his fundraiser. They caught up to him before he reached the backyard. He told us he would only support TPP if it brought jobs. Recall presidential candidate Ross Perot warning of the giant sucking sound of lost American jobs should NAFTA pass?
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the Korean U.S. Trade Agreement (KORUS) have only increased the U.S. trade deficit. While enriching U.S. and foreign multinational corporations, these trade agreements have been destructive to the U.S. economy.
The Maine State Legislature passed the Maine Jobs, Trade and Democracy Act in 2004. This created a first-in-the-nation commission “to assess and monitor the legal and economic impacts of trade agreements on state and local laws, working conditions and the business environment; to provide a mechanism for citizens and legislators to voice their concerns and recommendations; and to make policy recommendations designed to protect Maine’s jobs, business environment and laws from any negative impact of trade agreements.”
Our state senator, Don Harmon, who was invited to the Foster fundraiser, should lead the way in providing Illinois with such safeguards.
There will be a referendum on the November ballot in Oak Park calling for the village to be a TPP-Free Zone. Make your voice heard. For information on the TPP, visit www.citizenstrade.org, www.flushthetpp.org, and www.exposethetpp.org.
Move to Amend Kane with Bettina Perillo, Barbara Evans, Debby Fay and Kaye Gamble were collecting signatures for the MTA petition and talking with people about getting money out of politics.
This is an educational, community service event sponsored by Illinois Move To Amend (a non-profit organization) that does not advocate the election or defeat of a candidate for public office or an affirmative or negative vote against any proposition.
DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church
1828 Old Naperville Road
Naperville, IL 60563
Tonight we’ll watch two recent inspiring segments of Moyers and Company. In “What the 1% Don’t Want Us to Know”, Bill Moyers talks with economist and columnist Paul Krugman about Thomas Piketty’s new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century and about concentration of wealth. In “Grass Roots Grow Against Greed”, spotlights writer and populist Jim Hightower and worker organizing by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and National People’s Action Together. Many of you already watch Moyers and Company, an outstanding weekly public television series available for viewing online at http://billmoyers.com/.
As part of this open community Just Views program, DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church (DUUC) member Neil Lichtman will discuss with us study, reflection, and action to challenge extreme inequality.
Illinois Move To Amend and David Cobb invite you to discuss how we can engage together against the widening income inequality that the people in this country are facing.
David Cobb is a lawyer and political activist and the Principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. He is also a former 2004 U.S. Presidential candidate and co-founder of Move To Amend.
Jack Altschuler has 25 years of hands-on executive experience as CEO of the commercial and industrial water treatment company he founded.
Illinois Move To Amend is part of a nationwide coalition formed in response to the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that corporations were entitled to First Amendment protections.
On June 28, 2014, at Pinstripes in Northbrook, Illinois, you’ll have a chance to meet Mike Papantonio of Ring of Fire Radio and numerous guest appearances on radio and TV. His speaking engagement will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with time for Q and A built in. There will be live music by a great group of young musicians as people are coming in.
THE TRUTH IS NON-PARTISAN and it’s not fair-and-balanced. MIKE PAPANTONIO is one of only a handful of truth-tellers in this country today. Don’t miss this great opportunity to find out from him what the corporate media won’t tell you. No one can tell it better.
The cost is only $10 for the entrance fee and includes refreshments, coffee, and tea. For those who would like to join us afterwards, there’s a limited seating dinner with Pap starting at 6:30 p.m., in the Pinstripes dining room. The cost is $50 and includes a sumptuous and delicious dinner. Space is limited so sign up quickly.
Contact Sharon Sanders – email@example.com – to save your seat for the speaking engagement itself. Leave your name, email address, and phone number, and you will get a conformation of your reservation. Please bring the $10 (cash and check only) to the event when you check in. You can purchase your dinner reservation on
Eventbrite.Go to this site to sign up for dinner with Pap http://www.eventbrite.com/o/sharon-sanders-6528317559