1. Humanist Community Forum (2013-07-28): Citizens United & the Amendment Process (Martin Carcieri)

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    Citizens United v. FEC (2010) may be the most infamous Supreme Court ruling of the past decade. In this case, the Court struck down two provisions of federal law which limited corporate and union expenditures to advocate the election or defeat of candidates for federal office, holding that the provisions violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Martin Carcieri will explain that although this ruling rests firmly on earlier Court rulings, not only is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution invalidating Citizens United the most likely amendment that could be ratified in the next ten or twenty years, but also that such a recalibration of the balance between private and public power would be a highly appropriate use of the amendment process of Article V of the Constitution. To learn more before the presentation on Sunday, you can read the Handout. Martin Carcieri is an Associate Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, where he teaches courses and seminars on Constitutional Law and Political Theory. He holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, and has published twenty-five journal articles and book chapters. He is a long time humanist, skeptic, and rationalist.

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    • Marcy Wheeler Introduces Russ Feingold at Netroots Nation

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      At the 2011 Netroots Nation convention in Minneapolis, Marcy Wheeler (a.k.a. emptywheel of firedoglake) introduced Russ before his keynote speech on corporate political influence and the direction of our country's politics.

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      • Citizens United vs. Montana

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        Jason Wiener, a city councilman from Missoula Montana, explains Montana's challenge to the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling. Wiener's remarks were made at the "Overturning Citizen's United: A Movement Mandate" strategy session at the 2012 Take Back the American Dream Conference on June 19th. On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court struck down Montana's ban on corporate political money and held that the Citizen's United ruling applies to state and local elections.

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        • Progressive Baptists vs. Citizens United

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          Rev. Barry Hargrove, pastor of Prince of Peace Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD, talks about the efforts of Progressive Baptists to inform their congregations and oppose the Citizens United ruling. Hargroves remarks were made as he participated in a strategy session on "Overturning Citizens United: A Movement Mandate" at the 2012 Take Back the American Dream Conference on June 19th.

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          • The Chili Hustle

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            Watch Surya "Chili" Yalamanchili in his one man campaign for Congress, in the name of not taking PAC money. This video is a part of our Kickstarter Telethon https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filmmakerforchange/pay-2-play-democracys-high-stakes-getmoneyout

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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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              • The Art Of Corpocracy

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                With Corporate personhood, bailouts, tax breaks for the rich and entitlement cuts for the rest, one thing is clear, class warfare has been waged. Armed only with brush and canvas, artist, Michael D'Antuono fights back, by creating art that exposes the government's servitude to the corporate elite. The rich and powerful use their vast resources to unfairly rig the system against the working man, thus monopolizing wealth and opportunity. Join the fight against them by sharing this video with as many people to raise awareness and motivation.

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                • Making a Movement

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                  I produced shot and edited this video. You can find out more about the organization at www.freespeechforpeople.org. Also, please check out my blog at Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harry-hanbury/new-populist-heroine-spar_b_483706.html

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                  • Humanist Community Forum (2010-05-23): Corporations and Democracy (Gerry Gras)

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                    On Jan 21, 2010, the United States Supreme Court ruled (Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission) that there should be no limits on corporate independent spending on political campaigns. This was a major reversal of longstanding precedents of restrictions on corporate spending. What does this imply for our democracy? Gerry Gras, longtime Humanist Community member, will lead a discussion on this issue.

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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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