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All across America The People are using the 5th Anniversary of the Citizens United decision as a call to action.
Money-as-speech and corporations-as-citizens are constructs that supress rather than empower you and me.
We will talk to organizers about their rallies and marches in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA.
And, we would like to hear from you about how you plan to mark the day.
Some links of interest
Coffee Party at Washington DC Rally at the US Chamber of Commerce http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/they_have_money_but_we_are_many
Find and event near you: http://www.getmoneyoutaction.org/5th-anniversary/
Mourning in America for Democracy Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1573116702922919/
And,as always, follow us on the Lunch with Louden Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LunchWithLouden
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.
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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 People on elections. Tonight on the Middle Ground, we'll talk about what happens next.
The Moral Monday protests in North Carolina provide a glimpse of what could spread throughout the nation if lawmakers continue to follow the Supreme Court's agenda: less power for People, more power for profiteers. Our special guest tonight is Irving Joyner, professor of law at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. Many are saying after today's ruling that the Civil Rights Movement must begin again. If so, it is already well under way down here. Let's talk about the The Voting Rights Act, and what its effective repeal, coupled with Citizens United, means for our democracy tonight on The Middle Ground. We love our callers: 646-929-2495.
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.
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 piece which uses satire to criticize the electioneering and fund-raising tactics of the National Rifle Association.
We'll look at the issue of money in politics through a trans-partisan lens. Do tactics bother us more when "they" do it than when "we" do it? Is there a role of humor and satire can in politics, even on the explosive issues such as "arms control."
Presented by Coffee Party USA, "The Middle Ground" is co-hosted by award-winning filmmaker Eric Byler and political author Michael Charney, the show airs every Tuesday 8-9 PM EST/5-6 PM PST.
In light of Martin Luther King Day and the fifth anniversary of Citizens United this week, we feature an excerpt from Dr. King's Beyond Vietnam speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967. Following this speech, we talk with National Leadership Team members Daniel Lee and George Friday about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and its connection with the Democracy Movement.
You can listen to the full speech here.
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.
In light of African American History Month, we will be focusing our programs on Move to Amend's partnership with international grassroots organization Hip Hop Congress to present What the (Bleep) Happened to Hip Hop, a public education campaign to address the corporatization of music, dance, and other art forms and shine a critical lens on race, class, and gender in contemporay American culture. This February will feature artists, activists, and organizers supporting this national campaign to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over culture and how it connects with their use of corporate constitutional rights.
Join us this week as we talk with Move to Amend's Program Coordinator Jessica Munger and Hip Hop Congress Executive Director Shamako Noble about the purpose of What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop and discuss Hip Hop's relationship to the struggle of oppressed people in the United States.
Tonight, we continue with the second half of our replay of the 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 legal advisor to the organization Citizens United. Citizens Divided: Corporate Money, Speech, and Politics was held at Indiana University last September, featuring Cobb and Bopp as they explore the relationship between corporations and political speech following the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling. You will listen to questions from a five-person panel and the audience.
We want to thank Indiana University’s Civic Leaders Center, the SPEA Law and Public Policy Program, the Maurer Law School American Constitution Society, and Move to Amend South Central Indiana for organizing and sponsoring this rousing debate between two prominent figures in the national debate over corporate personhood, campaign finance, and the proper definition of political speech!
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