Are you concerned about the excess influence of money in our government? The $6 billion that Super PACs spent to influence elections? Legislators voting to suit donors instead of the American people — the 99 percent? Lobbyists? What about the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans — us?
The Peace and Justice Committee is building on the interest in our forums presented last year, to continue to help congregants learn about this core-issue topic. Attendees have been eager to learn more and start acting!
On November 18 we presented a film and discussion at Edmonds Theater: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? and How We Can Get it Back. More information here (and below).
On January 13 we presented a forum about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. More information here.
On May 19 we are offering an opportunity to learn about "financialization." (see below)
During the 2013 Washington State Legislative Session, we kept folk informed of the progress of the proposed Joint Memorial Resolution to call on the US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment stating the corporations are not people, and money is not speech. This resolution did not pass, but we will support efforts to submit an initiative to the legislature next year.
If you would like to be added to our "Money Out of Politics" discussion email list, please contact the Peace and Justice Committee using the link at the bottom of this page.
Meet with local presenters Val and Randy Mandell who work with local economists and Seattle's GMOP group and Financialization subgroup. This is an opportunitiy to find out what financialization is and why we need to definancialize the economy, how we can promote green jobs and develop a public statewide initiative around corporate personhood, all in 45 minutes! Bring your questions and ideas.
Where to Watch Heist
We have Heist on DVD in the EUUC church library, which you may borrow for viewing at home. Be sure to take a program from the Peace & Justice table in the Narthex, as it lists resources and actions you will want to take after being inspired by the film!
The Heist producers have announced free global streaming available for 48 hours at their website on March 5-7, 2013: www.heist-themovie.com It is also now available on a number of cable, satellite, and broadband platforms, and will be available on iTunes and Netflix beginning April 2, 2013. Link TV will broadcast it for two years.
We hope you will take this opportunity to watch this extraordinary film, and share it with others, to keep the discussion of a fair economy alive amidst attempts in Congress to cut programs for the most vulnerable Americans and continuing to ignore the realities of climate change.
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