Democracy in Distress

"Democracy in Distress.”  Upset about the corruption of our government by wealthy special interests? Because of Citizens United v. FEC and other Supreme Court rulings, corporations now have the same constitutional free speech rights as people, and spending money to influence elections is considered free speech.  This means our elected representatives are no longer allowed to put any limits on how much money corporations (or very wealthy individuals) spend on influencing elections, because doing so would be considered a violation of their constitutional rights.
How can the voices and concerns of ordinary citizens — much less those of the poorest and most vulnerable — be heard if they do not have the financial resources to compete with corporations and the wealthiest few?  
Jonathan Tong, Faith Outreach Coordinator for the WAmend coalition, will be speaking on Initiative 735.  I-735 is a proposed ballot initiative that would allow Washington to become the 17th state to call for amending the U.S. Constitution to settle for once and for all that constitutional rights are for people — NOT corporations — and that money is NOT speech.  Sixteen states have already passed similar resolutions.  Come join us to find out what you can do to help make Washington state the seventeenth.
August 04, 2015 at 7pm - 8:30pm
Temple Beth El
5795 S 12th St
Tacoma, WA , WA 98465
United States
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Will you come?


Joe Podorsek "I’m involved in Initiative 735 because the cost of elections means people are elected who do not represent my needs or the needs of the common good."
- Joe Podorsek, 84, retired Navy, Issaquah

Kaylee Mathews "I believe that everyone should have a voice, regardless of how much money they have, so I support Initiative 735."
- Kaylee Mathews, 22, massage therapist, Tacoma

Gary McCaig "I work on Initiative 735 because I love my great-grandchildren. Any change now, even a small change, will give them big benefits later."
- Gary McCaig, 67, retired, Lynnwood

Parker Muller "I volunteer for Initiative 735 because free and fair elections should be based off ideas and policies, not who has the bigger wallet."
- Parker Muller, 26, student, Richland

Maggie Sullivan "I support Initiative 735 because I want a political system where corporations can't buy politicians to do their bidding."
- Maggie Sullivan, 60, carpenter, Alger


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