Bill Lyons


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  • [Ohio] Update on FirstEnergy Corporation & the HB6 bribery scandal

    Saturday, February 11, 11 am ET

    Presentation and discussion on the latest in the ongoing investigations, trials and efforts to hold individuals and FirstEnergy Corporation accountable for their roles in the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history. 

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    Speakers

    Catherine Turcer

    Common Cause Ohio’s executive director.  She coordinates the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance and is on the steering committee of the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition and Fair Districts Ohio. Catherine serves on the Move to Amend Ohio Coordinating Committee. She is the author of a number of money in politics studies and was the director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics Project for 15 years. In 2006, Catherine received the Spirit of Democracy Award from the Ohio Secretary of State.

    Greg Coleridge

    National Move to Amend Co-Director, author of Citizens over Corporations: A Brief History of Democracy in Ohio and Challenges to Freedom in the Future, writer of the documentary CorpOrNation: The Story of Citizens and Corporations in Ohio

    WHEN
    February 11, 2023 at 11:00am
    WHERE
    Virtual
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  • signed up on Toward a People's Constitution 2020-10-27 18:16:59 -0700

    Toward a People's Constitution


    On October 2020 we held a participatory People's Movement Assembly (PMA) with over a hundred people from across the country who came together to discuss why and how we need to democratize the United States Constitution. 

    The 2020 People’s Movement Assembly was a catalyst -- the beginning of something big -- and we invite you to sign up below to stay up to date on all things related to this project!

    During the 2020 PMA we collectively identified that:

    • We are in a moment of converging crises - Climate collapse, global uprisings against state violence and police brutality, and a global pandemic when most are without access to healthcare.

    • What's happening now is rooted in the values defined in (or missing from) the US Constitution - An undemocratic and ultra-powerful judicial branch, lack of human rights protections, no right to vote, and a whole lot of racist language just to name a few.

    • Bold, systemic change is needed - We have to know our power and be able to think outside of what we’ve been told is possible. It’s going to take courage, audacity, and a whole lot of learning and conversations to make it happen. But the only thing we have to lose is our chains. 

    • We have to have a vision and a plan - We learned that when constitutions around the world are re-imagined (on average other countries rewrite their constitutions every 19 years!) they’re more democratic when the Movement has a clear vision of what they want in their constitution. We have been building this vision for over ten years, and we continued it this weekend. 

    • People want a constitution that protects human rights, not just property rights. We like a lot of what’s in the Bill of Rights, (with some changes and exceptions), but the rights should extend further. People want a right to healthcare, housing, rights of nature, gender equity, a right to vote, and a whole lot more. 

    • We don't have to start from scratch. We can get over American exceptionalism and take inspiration from the constitutions of other countries, the UN Declaration on Human Rights, and the 2nd Bill of Rights proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    We have a lot of political muscle to build to be prepared to democratize the constitution. We’re not proposing Move to Amend are the ones to do it alone, nor that it should be done right now. But there are people who want to restrict rights and create room for more authoritarianism, and they’re planning for a constitutional convention. We need to have a plan too. If we don’t, things aren't going to turn out well.

    We’re moving forward on this work, we’re creating a strategy, and if you liked the 2020 PMA, there’s a lot more where that came from. Sign up below to stay up to date on the latest news and future People's Movement Assemblies and our Toward a People's Constitution program.

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