This Constitutional Amendment Will Save America


GoodOleWoody:

Now more than ever, the American people are showing just how fed up they are with the explosion of big corporate influence over our politics.

And now more than ever, the Supreme Court is ignoring its own precedents to unleash a torrent of corporate and special interest money in our elections.

We must put the American people back in charge of our democracy. If the Supreme Court refuses to allow Congress and individual states to regulate the role of money in our elections, we must amend the Constitution to change that — and together, we are beginning the amendment process this month.

Passing a constitutional amendment is no easy feat — we’ve only passed 27 in our entire history, and powerful corporate interests are lining up against us as we speak — but we can do this by hitting the ground running with a 21st century campaign to restore our democracy. And it all starts with you.

Sign our petition at ReverseCitizensUnited.com to amend the Constitution so Congress and the states can enact common-sense campaign finance reforms.

Historically, Congress and state legislatures have established contribution limits, disclosure requirements, and other rules to limit the influence of special interests in elections and ensure that government works for the American people, not powerful corporations.

Then, in last year’s controversial Citizens United vs. FEC decision, Republican appointees on the Supreme Court overturned prior precedent and struck down Congress’ sensible regulations on corporate spending in political campaigns.

A key solution to address the root cause of this problem is to amend the Constitution to make it absolutely clear to the Supreme Court and the special interests that Congress and state governments have the power to limit the flow of corporate money into campaigns.

Sign our petition now — and then forward this email to your friends! Our constitutional amendment will stop the growing corrosive influence of big business on our elections and on our government, but it won’t pass unless citizens like you demand it.

These historic times call for extraordinary measures to ensure our government remains of the people, by the people, and for the people — not just powerful interests with the deepest pockets.

But we know these big corporate interests aren’t going to give up without a fight, so we need you — and tens of thousands of other Americans — to join us.

Thank you for standing with us to return our elections to the hands of everyday citizens, rather than the special interests.

Sincerely,

Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator
Jeff Merkley
U.S. Senator
Chuck Schumer
U.S. Senator
Tom Udall
U.S. Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator
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PCC: EMERGENCY IN NEW YORK!


Occupy Wall Street is being raided by NYC police, and the 99% movement is asking for everyone’s help. From Occupy Wall Street on Twitter:

1:10am: Raid happening NOW at #libertysq MOBILIZE!

1:43am: Call #nypd at: 646-610-5000 and respectfully demand 1st amendment rights!!

1:47am: The whole world is watching! Watch here: livestream.com/occupynyc

I just called the number above, and it’s pretty busy. Good! it’s really important that people keep calling. Here are some other numbers.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 212-639-9675
NY Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
NYPD 1st Precinct: 212-334-0611
NYPD 5th Precinct: 212-334-0711
NYPD 6th Precinct: 212-741-4811
NYPD 7th Precinct: 212-477-7311
NYPD 9th Precinct: 212-477-7811

You can also sign our petition to Mayor Bloomberg here — and tell your friends.

If you personally know any New York political leaders, please call them and ask them to take a stand against this outrage.

The people united will never be defeated.

In solidarity,

— Adam Green & the PCCC team


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“Woman Harmed…Herman Cain Not Involved”—Stephen Colbert


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Police Oust Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, NYC


NYC Mayor Bloomberg had said that the demonstrators could stay indefinitely in Zuccotti Park.  However, around 2:00am, the NYC Police began clearing the park.  The appropriated tents, books and personal belongings.  Police told the demonstrators that they will be allowed to return…without tents, generators, etc.  There will be no more living in the park.  Zuccotti Park (which is privately owned) will be a site for demonstrations only. As of this post  I heard a report that the demonstrators are streaming back into the park.  Mayor Bloomberg says, “Now the protesters will have to occupy the park with their arguments…protesters are welcomed back into the park.”  Owners of the park agree with the Mayor.

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Slipping in the polls, Herman Cain brings out his wife, Gloria 3


When he was riding high in the polls, Herman Cain was asked why his wife was not on the stump with him.  Mr. Cain explained that she stayed behind to keep the home as his refuge. Now we learn from this video that Gloria Cain is a registered Democrat. This is the real reason why his wife is not campaigning for him. Herman was not honest with the public. How can we believe that he is telling the truth about the FOUR WOMEN who accuse him of sexual harassment? Cain tried to exact a price from Sharon Bialek for her accusations.  Her lawyer, Gloria Allred said she had affidavits backing up Miss Bialek’s claims.  Now Sharon’s boyfriend (at the time) comes forth and confirms his being told of the horrible incident at the time, though not all the details.

In the video below Mrs. Gloria Cain says only that she “thinks” Herman would make a good President. That’s no ringing endorsement!  I see why she was kept in the wings.

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“Benefits of Foreign Aid”


NY Times Opinion Page

Benefits of Foreign Aid

To the Editor:

Foreign Aid Faces Major Cutbacks in Budget Crisis” (front page, Oct. 4) worried me because, in my eight years as a global health ambassador, I have learned that we live in an interconnected world.

In 13 trips around the world, I have personally seen that defeating public health threats like malaria, H.I.V./AIDS and tuberculosis and empowering reproductive health do not just enrich lives abroad, but also have a direct impact on the quality of American lives at home.

At less than 1 percent of the federal budget, investments in foreign aid strengthen the United States economy. Nearly 50 percent of American exports go to the developing world. One in three domestic manufacturing jobs depends on these exports. Such statistics are critical when, in my home state of Tennessee alone, unemployment is nearly 10 percent.

By investing in public health, American taxpayers are giving men and women the chance to live more productive lives and participate in the global economy.

And when that happens, everyone — from Mombasa to Manhattan — benefits.

ASHLEY JUDD
Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2011

The writer is the actress and a board member of PSI, a global health organization.