1. 3-23-2015 Democracy 2020 "No on Wi Question 1" Press Conference

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    Press Release: Immediate March 23, 2015 Contact: Mike Wilder, mike@wisconsinvoices.org: 414-339-3290 Voter ID and Judiciary Power Grab are Attacks on Wisconsin’s Election Integrity Groups Urge Wisconsinites to Vote No on Question 1: Measure Would Politicize Wisconsin Supreme Court Madison, WI, – Our Democracy 2020, a coalition of State and National Organizations urged Wisconsinites to vote no on Question 1, which they say is a power grab that will politicize the courts. In addition, the groups addressed the US Supreme Court’s announcement they will not hear Wisconsin’s Voter ID case. The ACLU of WI, a member of Our Democracy 2020 coalition, has filed a stay with the US Federal Appeals Court in Chicago to insure Voter ID will not be in affect for the election in two weeks. Absentee ballots have already been mailed out and early voting begins today. “We shouldn’t have to be here today discussing why our courts should be fair and our elections should be free and accessible,” said Mike Wilder, Coordinator of Our Democracy 2020. “Both the see-saw drama with the misguided Voter ID mandate and the politicization of our State’s Supreme Court are examples of blatant attacks on Wisconsin’s election integrity.” With the spring election just over two weeks away, Our Democracy 2020 wanted to ensure Wisconsin voters know about the statewide referendum on the State Supreme Court. The proposed amendment would give four judges the power to choose the Chief Justice of the state supreme court instead of the people of Wisconsin. For 125 years, the Chief Justice has been the most senior and experienced member of the court as the state Constitution has long required. “The question on April’s ballot is a blatant partisan power grab and it undermines the will of the voters who have selected the chief justice for years, “ disclaimed Wilder. “We are urging the voters of Wisconsin to vote NO on Question 1 to send a message to not mess with our courts.” Joining the press conference was Bert Brandenberg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake, a national non-partisan organization that works to fend off attacks like these in states across the country. “Question one is political hardball dressed up in sleepy-sounding words, and it’s one of the most partisan attacks we’ve seen on a state Supreme Court in many years. Politicians only try to tamper with courts when they think no one is looking. If political partisans of any kind are allowed to reshuffle our courts for political purposes, then everyone’s right to a fair day in court is at risk. The amendment was referred to the April ballot without bi-partisan support, a clear indication that it is political tampering,” Brandenberg said. Question 1 will be on the ballot on April 7 and members of the coalition are planning to do outreach to their members to urge them to vote no. ### http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2015/03/people-american-way-allies-vote-no-question-1-keep-wi-supreme-court-non-parti FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Scott Foval 608-469-7876 / sfoval@pfaw.org March 23, 2015 People For the American Way & Allies: Vote “No” on Question 1 to Keep WI Supreme Court Non-Partisan MADISON – Today, People For the American Way joined with Democracy 2020 coalition organizations to call for a defeat of Question 1, a constitutional amendment from right-wing extremists in the Wisconsin Legislature to make the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court a partisan position. “Question 1 is a naked power grab by one branch of our state government trying to politicize another,” said Scott Foval, PFAW Regional Political Coordinator. “Defending fair and non-partisan courts is a line that must be held in the Badger state. We cannot allow politicians who think no one is paying attention to rewrite the rulebook.” Foval was one of many activists at today’s press conference calling for a “No” vote on Question 1 in the upcoming Spring Elections on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The conference was held at noon at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and other speakers included Mike Wilder from the Democracy 2020 Coalition / Wisconsin Voices, Bert Brandenberg, Executive Director of Justice At Stake, former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, and Legislative Policy Director Analiese Eicher from One Wisconsin Institute. ###

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    • R2W 21st - The amendment

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      21st March Dublin R2W have their newest big protest against the water charges . R2W also announced its constitutional amendment its demanding for prospective candidates in the next general election

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      • Communications Workers and the Constitution

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        Madelyn Elder is the immediate Past-President of the Communications Workers of America, Local 7901, in Portland, Oregon. Organized labor is a critical constituency for the Constitutional change needed in America. Labor unions were a major factor in growing the American middle class in the years that followed World War Two. At one time, a third of all American workers were unionized. These days, unions account for only twelve percent of the workforce. Union influence has eroded as the power of money in politics has been dramatically elevated by the courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court. When money is the only currency that matters, Labor unions cannot compete with the wealth of bankers, multi-national corporations, and billionaire capitalists Madelyn Elder makes the case that restoring worker rights requires nothing less than an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It must declare that money is a form of property, and not a form of speech. Further, the amendment must also make clear that Corporations are legal fictions. They are not 'people', and are not entitled to anything akin to human rights. For more information, go to www.movetoamend.org

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        • Why must we pass a constitutional amendment to require adequate funding for our K-12 schools?

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          JANIE JARVIS, MADISON Mother of 2, former state "Parent of the Year" In 1997, the Legislature passed the Mississippi Adequate Education Program aimed at ensuring that every school district received enough state funding to support adequately educating its students. This promise has not been kept 15 our of 17 years. Our children cannot be ready for good jobs without a good education. Our state cannot support good jobs without a good workforce. A constitutional amendment is the only way to require the Legislature to keep its promise.

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          • Indiana Senate committee approves constitutional marriage amendment

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            A Senate committee on Monday passed the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana – without re-instating the controversial second sentence. Reporter Andi TenBarge has the story for TheStatehouseFile.com. See the full written story here: http://thestatehousefile.com/senate-committee-passes-marriage-measure-without-second-sentence/15044/

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            • 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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              • Spencer, Eustace & Speaker Oliver on Final Approval of Constitutional Amendment to Increase Minimum Wage in NJ (SCR-1)

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                In this video press release, Assembly members L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Timothy J. Eustace, D.C. (D-Bergen) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver discuss their legislation to put the fate of a minimum wage increase in the hands of New Jersey voters this November. The measure (SCR-1) was initially put forth as a proactive measure in case Gov. Christie decided to veto legislation (A-2162) to increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50/hr. The governor conditionally vetoed that bill last month. The resolution puts the question of raising the minimum wage in New Jersey before the voters via a referendum that will be placed on the November 2013 ballot for consideration. It is one of several legislative measures being pushed by Assembly Democrats to spur job creation and jumpstart economic recovery in the state.

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                • Voter ID Historical Review

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                  • Gender is Irrelevant

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                    Created by students at Planet Homeschool, a Minneapolis based home school cooperative, as part of an IFP Minnesota video production class.

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                    • Abolish Corporate Personhood - Overrule the Court

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                      A few people can make a difference. About a year ago, two people threw a house party to talk about abolishing corporate personhood and my living room was filled to capacity. We were outraged and we were passionate, and we decided then and there that we'd bring this issue to the attention of our community. Today, with the help of many other people in Pueblo, we are the only county that has successfully brought this issue up for a vote of the people in Colorado's 2012 ballot. We're local grassroots, but we're proud to be associated with a national group that's working to get at the root of all the corrupt money in politics: the awarding of "personhood" status to legal constructs. It's this misguided judgement that gave legal constructs standing in the Constitution to receive our rights - rights that are now being used against the very people which the Constitution was written to protect. Watch the video to see just how corrupt - and insidious - it is. The Supreme Court has been wrong before, so we amended our Constitution to abolish slavery - because a person isn't property. The Court is wrong again - property is not a person. People, one community at a time, are rising up all over the nation against this corruption, and standing up for the human rights issue of our time: Abolishing corporate personhood and reclaiming our rights. WE, THE PEOPLE, have this sovereign right, and we MOVE TO AMEND our Constitution to establish that a corporation is not a person, and money is not free speech. You can make a difference - make your voice heard: VOTE. After you see what's been happening, if you end up outraged and want to do somethign about it, go to MovetoAmend.org. Then invite some people to your lving room.

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