The following event is not endorsed by Occupy Seattle. It is a direct action organized by “Get Money Out Of Politics.”
A coalition of organizations including Move to Amend, People for Free Speech, Public Citizen, and Washington Public Campaigns, will take to the streets of Seattle January 20 and 21. The rallies will launch a public awareness campaign focused on corporate personhood and the Citizens United vs The Federal Election Commission ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted corporations the same free speech rights as individual citizens. The events have been approved by Seattle Parks Department and GSA. A trained peacekeeping cadre of volunteers will also participate with the intent to prevent any clashes.
The January 21st event, “People Ignited Against Citizens United” will begin with a noontime rally at Westlake Park featuring singer, songwriter Jim Page, Congressman Jim McDermott, author Sarah van Gelder, The Raging Grannies and more, followed by a march at 2 PM which will end at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, at 2nd Ave and Marion St.
The goal is to build grassroots support for a Constitutional amendment which includes language making it clear that corporations are not people, that they do not have the same rights as individual U. S. citizens, and that money does not equal free speech. The two days are a kick off of efforts to raise public awareness about the effect of very wealthy donors and corporations on our elections process, particularly at the federal level.
For more information, contact:
Craig Salins, email@example.com (206) 949-3285
Syd Fredrickson, firstname.lastname@example.org 206-679-5342
Jonathan Tong, email@example.com
Maureen Van Hollebeke firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 349-2447
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