1. Humanist Community Forum (2011-09-18): Government—And Everything Else—Of the Rich, By the Rich, For the Rich (Paul George)


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    Over the past generation, the concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny elite in the U.S. has grown at an astonishing rate. Today, a mere 1% of the population controls 70% of the national wealth, an all-time record. This concentration of wealth has also resulted in a concentration of political power, and this concentration of wealth and political power has brought us to what is being called plutonomy: an economy powered solely by and solely for the wealthy. The “average American” consumer no longer exists. In this talk, Paul George, Director of Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, will examine how this concentration of wealth and power came to be. Unsurprisingly, it was not by accident. He will explore what it means for a supposedly democratic society. Finally, he will propose some ways in which we might begin to reverse course. As former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted, “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

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    • Ballyhoo News: Citizens United & The Super PACs


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      Ballyhoo News is a news and information platform designed to bring together the in-depth and diverse offerings of the internet news sphere with the slick visual appeal of broadcast television news. The project aims to foster engagement and critical thought from the viewer who desires well-informed opinions about current affairs and political subjects, but feels overwhelmed or disconnected from current models of news dissemination. Ballyhoo News functions as a news aggregator, bringing together ideas and opinions from a range of sources spanning the spectrum of existing news outlets. The content appropriated from these sources is reconfigured and recontextualized in order to present an overall narrative of the subject in focus.

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      • On Building Another Wall of Separation to Preserve Democracy


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        Excerpts from remarks from U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota and State Senator Jamie Raskin of Maryland during the strategy session "Overturning Citizens United: A Movement Mandate" at the 2012 Take Back the American Dream Conference on June 19th.

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        • ME to D.C.: Paul Boghossian, Principal at Hathaway Holdings


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          Mainebiz asked business leaders at our annual Momentum Convention what message they would like to send to Washington and what it would mean for their business if political leaders listened. Paul Boghossian, principal at Hathaway Holdings, says that he would like to see the repeal of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and called for lawmakers to put an end to partisan gridlock in Congress.

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          • Q&A With David Cobb


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            A teach-in was held in Burlington with David Cobb, lawyer and spokes person for Move To Amend. "Move To Amend" says Cobb, "is the multiracial, multiethnic coalition of over several hundred groups that have come together, representing several hundred thousand people who are calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish in its entirety the ridiculous judicial created legal doctrine that says a corporation is a person with inherent constitutional rights and the equally ridiculous court created doctrine that money equals speech; This therefore it makes it virtual impossible for local, state, and federal governments to regulate campaign financing. These two legal doctrines put together are part of the linchpin for how the ruling elite has hijacked our country and the decision making process in this country." | movetoamend.org | Burlington Vermont Fletcher Free Library | March 15 2012

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            • Howard Fineman: Health Care & The Supreme Court


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              Howard Fineman talks with Evan Smith about health care and the Supreme Court, housing prices, Citizens United and the effect of those things on the 2012 election.

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              • Supreme Court Politics


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                Bob Monks discusses the politicization of the Supreme Court. April 9, 2012 www.ragm.com

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                • Excerpts from Conaway & Benson News Conference Strongly Opposing 'Citizens United' Decision (AR-86)


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                  In this video press release, Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, M.D. (D-Burlington) and Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) strongly condemn the U.S. Supreme Court "Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission" ruling and call for broad support of their resolution urging Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution to reverse the decision. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision issued on January 21, 2010, overturned more than two decades of legal precedent; declaring corporation to have the same communication rights as individual people and essentially green-lighted the unlimited influx of special interest money at every level of government. The resolution (AR-86) strongly opposes the court's decision and calls upon Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to provide that corporations do not share the same rights as individual people with regard to campaign spending. The General Assembly approved the resolution Thursday by a vote of 49-23-6.

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                  • John Bonifaz - "We the people or we the corporations


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                    Presentation by John Bonifaz related to amending the US Constitution to reverse the Citizen's United Supreme Court decision.

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                    • LWVIII


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                      The Cortland, NY League of Woman Voters hosted the Ithaca, NY Move to Amend affiliate coordinator and the Upstate NY representative of the ACLU to discuss the Citizens United v FEC Supreme Court decision.

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