Uploaded on Jan 13, 2011
"Citizens United" anniversary sparks D.C. summit, rally, national meetings
FOR THE PEOPLE Summit convenes in Washington D.C. Jan. 20 to 22
WASHINGTON D.C. Jan. 6, 2011 — To mark the first anniversary of the controversial "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling, a coalition of advocacy groups and concerned citizens will host the For the People Summit, including a strategic conference at the Washington Plaza Hotel and a "We the Corporations" vs. "We the People"rally at the U.S. Capitol.
Speakers will include Phil Aroneanu of 350.org, Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Marge Baker of People for the American Way, John Bonifaz of Free Speech for People, Heather Booth of Americans for Financial Reform, Ellen Hodgeson Brown, author of Web of Debt, Angelo Carusone of Media Matters, David Cobb of Move to Amend, veteran universal health care advocate Margaret Flowers, Judith Freeman of New Organizing Institute, Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy, Eric Hensal of Murray Hill, Inc., former Federal Reserve economist Arnold Kling, Lawrence Lessig of Fix Congress First, Michael Ostrolenk of Transpartisan Center, Steve Meacham of City Life Vida Urbana, former Pentagon Analyst and Military Reform Movement leader Chuck Spinney, Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies, Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch, and Kevin Zeese of Voters for Peace.
Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign and Annabel Park of the Coffee Party are two of the principal organizers. "It's very hard to make progress on any issue without addressing the problem of money in politics," Park said, "because right now it takes a nearly impossible amount of effort for ordinary people to compete with the daily influence that entrenched lobbyists enjoy. To succeed, we need to step outside the traditional left-right-center framework and find common cause across the political divide."
Today, a growing coalition that also includes Center for Media and Democracy, Alliance for Democracy, and Move to Amend launched a new website — MovementForThePeople.org — inviting people around the country to create local events and/or participate on-line.
"The greatest political reform of our time will be to abolish the legal concept of 'corporate personhood' and the inherently anti-democratic equation of money with political speech," Moyer said. "I believe this monumental task will be achieved in the coming years built on a foundation of community-based battles to return power to the People."
In Washington, Summit events will include: * Lobby Day on Capitol Hill (Jan. 20) supplemented by Lobby Days around the country * Party For the People Jan 20, 6 to 9 PM at K Street Lounge * "We the Corporations vs. We the People" Rally (Jan. 21 at 11 AM at the U.S. Capitol Area 9) * Two-day Summit (Jan. 21 and 22 at the Washington Plaza Hotel at Thomas Circle)
Nancy Price, Co-chair of the Alliance for Democracy, said she is impressed with the emerging coalition, for which she has served as an adviser. "The Summit will be an open discussion putting aside political, cultural, and ideological differences because the problem of money in politics is uniting America like few issues can," she said. "80% of us disapprove of the Citizens United decision. 87% disapprove of the job Congress is doing. The American public will not accept a future in which we are no longer a self-determining people."
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