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Congress is broken, and it cannot fix itself. If we begin with that basic fact, it seems clear: Our Republic can only be saved by We, the People.
Tonight on The Middle Ground, we'll talk to a team of activists lead by Coffee Party founding member Ryan Clayton about why they believe a Constituional Amendment to overturn Citizens United is the best path forward. As we speak, Lawrence Lessig is drafting the language to be introduced in state legislatures across the United States, calling for an Article 5 Convention to address the issue of money in politics.
Current law, as decreed by the Supreme Court in the 2010 "Citizens United" decision, calls for unlimited spending by multi-national corporations to influence our elections, and thereby the laws we live by in the United States of America. The Court has said they would welcome disclosure laws, but Congress is too divided to enact such laws, in part due to cynical hyper-partisanship, in part due to the fact that members of Congress from both parties are reluctant to change a system that put them in power. And yet, so many in Congress say they feel like hostages to fundraising. What can we do to rescue them from this corruption? Keep pressing for disclosure laws? Wait until the next election and "throw the bums out?" Or, if the problem is the corrupt system, and not the well-meaning individuals we send to Washington, perhaps our guests are right in saying a Constitutional Amendment is the only way to free the elected, and save the Republic.
Presented by Coffee Party USA, "The Middle Ground" covers a variety of topics with a trans-partisan approach with an eye to finding the place where the two major political parties share that 'middle ground.' Co-hosted by award-winning filmmaker Eric Byler (center-left perspective) and political author Michael Charney (center-right perspective).
Guests: Dawn Wildman, co-founder of CURE, Citizens United for Responsible Education. Alice Linahan of Voices Empower will also join us. We will discuss the group's mission and projects. Please support our friends: THE BOOKS OF AARON CLAREY (CAPTAIN CAPITALISM) CUBANOS IN WISCONSIN BY SILVIO CANTO JR
BLOG TALK RADIO went down right before our show was to begin. We started half an hour late, which means there is radio silence. We will reschedule with our guest, Prof. Irving Joyner. Since the 2008 election, the Supreme Court has issued two mammoth decrees that impact our democracy. On Jan. 21, 2010, Citizens United radically expanded the influence of money on elections, and today's 5-4 decision to undermine The Voting Rights Act of 1965 will radically curtail the influence of Peopl
Michael Charney and Eric Byler talked about the July 24, 2012 US Senate hearing on "Citizens United" just a few hours after the hearing ended. They also discussed the outsize influence that the gun lobby has on American policy. Charney, a moderate Republican took a lot of heat for this
MA State Sen. James Eldridge is beyond disappointed at the Supremes' Citizens United ruling. He's beyond mad. He's at doing things to correct it. He joins us to speak about three legislative tacks he's taking — more disclosure for political contributions, shareholder notification of political ads, and a call for Congress to send a Constitutional amendment to states for ratification declaring free speech for people and not corporations.
The Real Citizens UNITED Tonight we will be calling and taking calls from people everywhere to tell us their stories and how the sad state of this Nation has affected their lives. If you want to take part you can call (424) 675-8317, you can also contact me via email at email@example.com with your name and telephone number and I will call you, or leave a message on facebook.
Josh Orton of Progressives United explains the delusional decision making process that led to the Citizens United decision, how consultants profit from corporate money in politics, anti campaign finance reform lawyers are like Mob lawyers and the bigger reasons the … Continue reading →
Ian Millhiser of the Center For American Progress explained why the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case could destroy what little remains of real campaign finance reform, what plutocrats want to give unlimited money into political campaigns, what is the distinction … Continue reading →
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.
This week features executive director of Praxis Peace Institute Georgia Kelly to talk with us about the intersection of economics and the environment, which will be the focus for the upcoming Economics of Sustainability Conference this October.
Georgia Kelly is the Founder of the non-profit peace education organization Praxis Peace Institute. She has produced and directed three 7-day peacebuilding conferences in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2000, 2002, and 2007), a fourth conference, "The Alchemy of Democracy" in California (June 2004) and, in 2009, The Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma, CA. Georgia continues to create educational programs for Praxis Peace Institute as well as leading workshops in Conflict Resolution. She is editor and co-author of Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism, a critique of libertarian ideas and laissez-faire capitalism. She writes a blog on Huffington Post and enjoyed a previous career as a harpist, composer, writer, and recording artist who founded her own record label and distribution company in 1978.
The Economics of Sustainability Conference takes place in San Francisco, October 6-9.
For more information, visit: www.praxispeace.org
This week, we talk about the dire situation for the people of Detroit, living under "emergency management" since Michigan's state government declared a financial emergency leading up to the city declaring bankruptcy last summer. We are joined by two guests to discuss this issue: Shamayim "Shu" Harris, founder and directress of the Moon Ministry and Project Goddess, and Carl Gibson, co-founder of US Uncut.
Shu is a minister, family woman, an entrepreneur, community activist and an eternal server of the people. As a founder of The Moon Ministry and Project Goddess, she serves the people of Highland Park and its surrounding areas. She is the proprietress of The Goddess Marketplace, an economic development initiative for women. Shu also serves as the Vice President of the Highland Park Housing Commission, as a Corporal for the Highland Park Police Reserve, and is the first woman Chaplain for the Highland Park Police Department. Her service and community activism spans over 25 years, specializing in the spiritual development and empowerment of women and young girls. Her current major project is the development of Avalon Village.
Carl is co-founder of US Uncut, a grassroots direct action movement that mobilized thousands of people against corporate tax dodging and budget cuts in over 100 cities in the months leading up to Occupy Wall Street. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the Sundance-selected documentary, “We’re Not Broke,” which is currently available on Netflix. He is also the author of the new book, “How to Oust a Congressman,” based on his experiences organizing the ouster of a corrupt member of Congress in New Hampshire during the 2012 elections. Carl is a contributing editor for ReaderSupportedNews.org and Occupy.com, as well as an occasional contributor to MSNBC, RT, and HuffPost Live.
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