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Disclose Act/Justice Rising

Posted in Alliance for Democracy, DISCLOSE ACT, Justice Rising, Solidarity Economy by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 19, 2010

See below the email from national Alliance for Democracy.  Our call to support the DISCLOSE Act is differnet than others you may have received.  While we note the importance to passage of this act by Congress before the end of the lame duck session, we also note that its passage is not sufficient.  We need to end corporate personhood also.  Much larger task, but we must not loss sight of the larger goal as we move forward on the small steps.  
 

Also the new Justice Rising, our sort-of quarterly news magazine is now in the mail   Those of you who are national AfD members should receive this in the mail shortly if you haven’t received it yet.  
 Cover art for vol 5 issue 1

With this edition you will see our new format with a front page in full color with an interesting graphic.  Much more appealing presentation. 

 This edition is titled Building an Economy ofr People and Nature,  and focuses on building a Solidarity Economy.  To quote from one article, “The Solidarity Economy… refers to cooperative, collective and non-profit, democratically-controlled enterprises, that emphasize the primacy of people over capital and embrace a philosphy of empowerment, equality and inclusivity.  Their goods and services respond to the needs of the community.  These enterprises do not move away, sell out, or lay off masses of workers in order to maximize return to shareholders.  They are born out of the need and aspirations of the community, which will not let them fail.  Even conservative poiticians want to keeps jobs in their community.”

 
If you don’t receive a copy, you can read Justice Rising on line at http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/html/eng/2592-AA.shtml or you can become a member of national Alliance for Democracy and it will be sent as a thank you for joining.   Join at http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/join.html
David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland
davidafd@ymail.com, www.afd-pdx.org, 503.232.5495


 

Alliance for Democracy e-Alert
www.thealliancefordemocracy.org
November 18, 2010    Please forward widely

 

Call Senators Today to Support Campaign Finance Accountability
Support the DISCLOSE Act

Dear AfD members, allies and friends,
Please take action today!

We are writing to urge you to take immediate action in support of the DISCLOSE ACT which will force sunlight on the dark recesses of corporate spending on elections.  DISCLOSE stands for Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections. 
The DISCLOSE Act would require all organizations making political expenditures to name their donors. This would allow voters to know the corporations and individuals hiding behind front groups with feel-good names.  Deep pockets–like Big Pharma, Big Oil and Coal, and Big Finance and Wall Street to name a few–should not be allowed to hide their funding of misleading and inaccurate election ads.
 
Introduced in the Senate and House on April 29, the DISCLOSE Act will help address the fallout from the Supreme Court’s activist and illegitimate decision in Citizens United v FEC.  Citizens United opened the floodgates of corporate spending as being protected by the 1st Amendment free speech provision. Democrats and the White House hoped the DISCLOSE Act would be passed to take effect before the mid-terms elections.

The clock is ticking…
The clock is ticking to get this done during the “lame duck” session of Congress which ends before Christmas.  We expect the new Congress will be much less sympathetic to shining sunlight on the power of money and corporations.

Fortunately the bill has already passed the House. Now action in the Senate is critical. We can’t let the Republicans keep blocking the bill!

Please contact Senate Majority Leader Reid and your Senators today and tell them you want action on this bill before Congress adjourns.

Contact them via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or by using this Congressional Directory.

Necessary but not Sufficient
This is only a first and necessary step.  However, the larger questions about the role of corporations in our democracy cannot be resolved until we address the question of corporate personhood.  Activist Supreme Courts, including our current Roberts court,  have given our human rights to corporations that we create by state charter.  We cannot let this stand.  We must amend the constitution to place corporations in their rightful place as our servants, not our masters.

Only Humans Should Have Human Rights
To do this, Alliance for Democracy is part of the steering committee of MOVE TO AMEND – that is, move to amend the US Constitution so that only human beings (you know, the people with belly buttons and a conscience) have human rights.
Make the Call, Sign the Petition
Please call Senate Majority Leader Reid and your Senators NOW to support the Disclose Act. Then go to the Move to Amend website and sign the petition and learn what else you can do to amend the constitution.
Thanks for taking action to protect our democracy!
Nancy Price and David Delk, Co-chairs
 
Joining together to end corporate rule

Alliance for Democracy

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