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This week, David Cobb, one of our National Team Leaders for the Move to Amend Coalition, will talk with us about Senator Tom Udall's proposed amendment to the Constitution, providing an update on recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and responding to the Democratic Party's proposal.
David Cobb is a Principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.
David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.
In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount. He is also National Projects Director for Democracy Unlimited.
Tonight's guest is Rev. Edward Pinkney, who founded the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), a political and social justice coalition working in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Currently, BANCO is a recognized voice for the people in Benton Harbor in their community rights and human rights struggle. Visit BHBANCO.org.
Move to Amend Reports is the weekly radio show that details current events and issues being addressed by Move To Amend.
We have two members of the US Social Forum's National Planning Committee joining us to talk about the Pacific Northwest Social Forum:
Edgar Franks is the affiliate coordinator for Move to Amend's Whatcom County chapter in Bellingham, WA. He serves as the Civic Engagement Program Coordinator at Community to Community Development, working to engage supporters and develop a strategy that ensures the needs of our community are represented.
Monica Beemer served as Executive Director of Sisters Of The Road , a non-profit Cafe and community organization working in Portland, Oregon to end poverty and homelessness at their root causes. Monica is also the co-chair, with Marian Baker Kramer, of the national Assembly to End Poverty, serves on the National Planning Committee of the US Social Forum and is on the board of the Western Regional Advocacy Project.
See the blog post of the show here.
Danny Schecter, an authority on Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, is our guest on this edition of Move to Amend Reports. He is an award winning journalist and has specialized in investigative reporting and producing programming about the interface between human rights, journalism, popular music and society. Move to Amend Reports is the weekly radio show that details current events and issues being addressed by Move To Amend.
In the first half of the show, our guest is Ben Cohen, known for more than his delicious ice cream, Ben and Jerry’s. He is also President and Head Stamper at the Stamp Stampede campaign whose goal is to help build the movement to amend the constitution to get money out of politics. Libby Carr, the campaign manager for WAMEND, joins us in the second half of the show to discuss the ballot initiative in Washington state urging their Congressional delegation to propose amending the Constitution to clarify that Constitutional rights apply to natural persons not corporations and to authorize greater regulation of political contributions and expenditures.
Dr. Jill Stein is a longtime teacher of internal medicine and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She was the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee. Last Saturday, January 18th, Dr. Stein was featured alongside several speakers (including Move to Amend's Richard Monje) from a broad spectrum of grassroots justice movement to publicly launch the Global Climate Convergence and Earth Day to May Day 2014 at an event in Chicago. You can watch a video of the Convergence here
Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the bestselling Web of Debt. In The Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her 200+ credit blog articles are at EllenBrown.com. She is currently running for California State Treasurer on the Green Party ticket. Move to Amend Reports is the weekly radio show that details current events and issues being addressed by M
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