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Corruption in the US government is increasingly being recognized as the central issue among all the battles activists are waging against the corporatocracy. It is time to have a conversation about a strategy to go on the offensive instead of playing an endless game of defense against all the consequences of unchecked corporate power over the US government.
Aldous Tyler has been at the center of this fight in Madison, Wisconsin as host of TMI Radio. He ran in the Democratic primary for president in 2012 with a promise to support a constitutional amendment that would declare that money is not speech and corporations are not people with constitutional rights.
We talk about the Pledge to Amend campaign, how it differs from the co-opted Move to Amend version and why we fully expect that it will be the nucleus for a true populist movement for democracy in America and the world once Americans grasp its significance.
This show was rebroadcast on March 29 at 9 AM PST/ 12 PM EST on the Star Com Radio network.
Take Back America for the People is an educational nonprofit whose mission is to educate the American public on true costs of corporate control of the US government.
Know the truth and the truth will set us free.
Tonight, we feature a 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. Tonight you are hearing the first of two parts. The second part will be aired next week at our usual time.
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!
Keyan Bliss subs for Laura Bonham today.
This week features the Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress, Shamako Noble, to talk about the upcoming "What the BLEEP Happened to Hip Hop" Tour and their collaboration with Move to Amend.
Shamako is the co-founder of Hip Hop Congress. He is also the Director of the H2Ed program for the Hip Hop Association which uses education, media and leadership to preserve and develop Hip Hop culture. Before moving into those two positions, Shamako worked as a Community Outreach and Development Director for a youth center in Menlo Park. As an artist, Shamako has been performing since a very young age. At this time he has performed or organized over 200 events since starting his career. In 2004, he released his first solo album, “The Return of the Coming of the Aftermath.” Shamako, who was once known as the “Kevin Bacon of South Bay Hip Hop” is now moving into a similar role nationally. Within the Hip Hop realm, Shamako is involved in culture, industry, education and politics. Locally he also operates with an organization called R.E.F.U.G.E. (Real Education for Urban Growth Enterprises) which specializes in using the Urban Arts to teach life skills, leadership and culture.
This week we talk with our national director for Move to Amend, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, about the dozens of communities that passed local ballot initiatives in several states calling for amending the Constitution to end the doctrine of corporate personhood and money equals speech on Tuesday's election.
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is Executive Director of Democracy Unlimited and the National Director of Move to Amend. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM and came to Humboldt County in 2001 by way of Western Massachusetts where she was studying education and community at Hampshire College. She served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the SmartMeme Project. She is also a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy and Local Democracy Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation. In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.
Kaitlin serves as the National Director for Move to Amend. She oversees the national field organizing operations for the campaign, the affiliate support program and provides internship program supervision.
Join us for a discussion with Massachusetts Move to Amend affiliate coordinator Michael Louis Ippolito to talk with us about the People's Climate March and the global ecological threat posed by man-made climate change.
Michael is an organizer and activist who received his bachelors degree in Physics from Bridgewater State University. His scientific work is focused on the climate crisis and the strategic steps that need to be taken to confront this crisis. Michael has taught science and math on many academic levels to a variety of students, from gifted students to students in alternative schools. He has also taught science, math & English abroad in South Africa as a part of a capacity-building and educational development project he created. He has been a part of the Occupy Movement from the beginning of the encampments and continues to organize with them through the present day.
Global Climate Convergence take place every other Thursday night at 9pm EST, you can register for this call here.
Occupy Grassroots calls. They hold their calls every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 9pm EST, you can register for this call here.
Move to Amend local affiliate has a conference call on the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm EST, you can register for this call here.
Richard Lentz & Sarah Scudder moves Move To Amend's work forward. They were featured on KMUD.
This week features executive director for Community to Community Development, or Comunidad a Comunidad (C2C), Rosalinda Guillen, to talk about her work promoting food sovereignty in communities seeking to produce their own food, on their own land, and the struggle against corporate agribusiness controlling our food systems.
Rosalinda Guillen is a widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader. The oldest of eight, she was born in Texas and spent her first decade in Coahuila Mexico. Her family emigrated to LaConner, Washington in 1960 and she began working as a farm worker in the fields in Skagit County at the age of ten. Ms. Guillen has worked within the labor movement with Caesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers of America and has represented farm workers in ongoing dialogues of immigration issues, labor rights, trade agreements, and strengthening the food sovereignty movement. As executive director for Community to Community, Rosalinda works to build a broader base of support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farm workers. Last month, C2C was the co-recipient to the 2014 Food Sovereignty Award for their support and work with immigrant farm workers in Bellingham, Washington.
For more information about Community to Community Development, visit foodjustice.org or send an email to email@example.com.
In this edition of our Youth In Action series, we talk with youth activist and community organizer Rasheen Aldridge about the ongoing struggle against systemic injustice perpetrated by law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the nation, as well his work in organizing youth for the Show Me 15 campaign and youth involvement in movements for social and economic justice.
Rasheen Aldridge is a 20-year-old community organizer and activist. Currently in school at Forest Park Community College, Rasheen is the Director for Young Activist United St. Louis and a student Co-chair at Missouri Jobs with Justice. Rasheen has a passion for justice and is a leader in the Show Me 15 labor rights movement happening in St Louis fighting for living wages for fast food workers. He has also been fighting and organizing youth in Ferguson for justice for Mike Brown and all people of all color lives. He has received several awards including the 2013 Jamala Rogers Young Visionary Award for his leadership, passion and organizing. In November, Rasheen was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon as the youngest member of an independent commission to study the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown and make specific recommendations for how to make progress on the issues raised by the events in Ferguson.
This week we talk with Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal to talk with us about the ongoing demonstrations in Ferguson, MO following the death of Michael Brown and the problem of police brutality against civilians.
Maria Chappelle-Nadal is the elected State Senator for St. Louis County (District 14), Missouri. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. dual degree in political science and sociology. She is also a jewelry-maker. Maria previously worked for former Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell as his Communications Director, and served as Missouri’s Senior Advocate and director of Boards & Commissions. She is a member of the several organizations, including the Democratic Minority Caucus, the University City School Board, the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, and the National Hispanic Council of State Legislators. In 2008, she received the Legislator of the Year Award by the Missouri Association for Social Welfare and the Legal and Human Rights of Immigrants and Refugees Award by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates. Before serving in the Missouri Senate, she served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Join us as we talk with fellow Move to Amenders, Mary Laan and George Penn, to talk about their work with the ballot campaigns taking place in 12 Wisconsin communities this Tuesday, November 4th.
For tonight's Independent News Segment, we feature writer, filmmaker, and activist Dennis Trainor, Jr. as he shares his interview with author and activist David Degraw about his new book, The Economics of Revolution.
Join us as we talk with Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene, history professor and author of Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle Against the Colonization Movement, in a discussion about African-American agitation for human rights in the Atlantic World in the face of white racial antagonism.
Join us for a discussion with the youth leader for the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Deeq Abdi, as he talks about the Campaign's effort to build a multiracial movement to abolish poverty through the promotion of economic human rights.
Deeq Abdi was born in Somalia in 1990 and made his way to the USA in 1998. He grew up in a diverse household with a Somali mother and an Irish American dad. During his last year in High School he got involved with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. Becoming one of the leads helping to organize the People's March on the 2008 Republican National Convention. During that year working with Cheri Honkala he had a political awakening. He has since been working in community organizing, doing youth work in teaching creative writing and poetry as wells empowering the next generation of urban farmers. He is currently is working on a memoir and putting his eggs in a row. For his upcoming move to Philidelphia, he is once again working with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign as they prepare for the US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia on June 25th-28th, 2015.
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