Visit to Senator Richard Durbin’s Office

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.

Citizens Divided Debate – David Cobb v. James Bopp

Debate of the Century:Human Beings v. Corporations

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:

  • Being absolutely unable to distinguish the difference between a corporation and a person
  • Arguing that there should be absolutely no limits on campaign spending
  • That the key to democratizing electoral access is finding rich people to underwrite our campaigns too, when the rest of us run for office.

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.

Pledge to Amend, a Special Webinar

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MTA is launching a new campaign called Pledge to Amend which will help us organize, educate and lobby local, state and U.S. congressional candidates for 2014 about our “We the People Amendment”. You can learn all about it on a webinar that Move to Amend has produced.The webinar will give ideas about bird-dogging, questions to ask the candidates, social media ideas and a place we can download videos that we have taken. MTA gave an example of the Romney video that went viral when he said in Iowa: “Corporations are people, my friend”.The goal of this campaign is to educate the newly elected officials and incumbents so that in 2015 when they go to Washington they are explicitly aware that this is an important issue to people and they better pay attention. MTA national spokesperson, George Friday says that the goal of the “Pledge to Amend” campaign is to build a legacy of power. It is breathtaking the power that big money wields over our so-called democratic/republic. The corporations have the power and the influence. We the people are ruled by them. We want that to change that. You can view the webinar. Please contact Kaye Gamble for the link and/or your ideas about joining this campaign at mkgamble@ameritech.net

Young Students’ Solution To Corporate Rule


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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 Activity

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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.

Tom Broderick

Oak ParkTPP

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Get Big Money OUT of OUR Democracy — Seminar

Please Join Us for two Move To Amend Barnstorming Events Friday & Saturday!

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

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Challenging Economic Inequality and Money In Politics

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.


Saturday, September 13th, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm

Illinois Move to Amend Presents: David Cobb: Inspiring, Dedicated Activist

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.

Program
Welcome 9am – 10am
Money, Politics and Democracy—Jack Altschuler 10am – 11am
Entertainment 11am – 12pm
Lunch Provided 12 pm – 1pm
David Cobb 1pm – 3pm
Affiliate Meeting with David Cobb (Everyone May Attend) 3 pm to 4 pm
ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US FOR THE FULL DAY OR ANY PORTION OF IT.

In order to have enough food to eat and chairs, reservations are requested.
Reservations or Questions: Kaye Gamble kanemovetoamend@gmail.com or 630‐975‐8326

 

LIVE Broadcast info: http://illinoismovetoamend.org/live/

Illinois: Fundraiser! Meet Mike Papantonio

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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 – sharsand@aol.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