federal, state & local struggles in 2024
Thursday, March 7 | 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET | 90 min
Many believe the fate of our “democracy” is at stake in the 2024 elections. The rise of authoritarianism, christian nationalism, the cult of personality over the commitment to ideas, and fear and criminalization of “the other” are among the growing threats to the authentic right to self-determination to promote justice in all its forms and the right to a livable world.
Authentic democracy is more than what currently exists at every level of government. And what democracy we have is more than simply holding elections.
Many people understand the 2024 elections are very important. Helping create a powerful and authentically diverse and inclusive people’s movement is just as important – if not more.
Join Move to Amend and Democracy Unlimited for the first of several dialogues on national, state and local examples comparing the promise of democracy to what actually is happening by those working on-the-ground.
Brief presentations from MTA and DU staff and board members and other supporters will be followed by your questions, comments and concerns.
Sponsored by Move to Amend and Democracy Unlimited
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Thirty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed legislation supporting U.S. entry into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Removing restrictions on trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, NAFTA was aggressively opposed by organized labor, environmental organizations, and many “good government” groups for two major reasons.
First, NAFTA’s provisions prioritized “trade” of goods and services produced by multinational corporations over protecting workers, consumers and the environment.
Second, disputes brought by corporate investors directly against foreign nations over claimed “barriers to trade” were decided by unelected and unaccountable Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) "tribunals" largely composed of corporate-friendly members -- beyond the reach of citizens or even national legislatures or courts.Read more
The “inflation” of Thanksgiving summarized below is not about the increased mass marketing hoopla that corporations create every holiday to make us think the more stuff we buy, the greater will be the enjoyment, if not “meaning,” of the day or season. Thanksgiving is actually a lousy holiday to commercialize. Afterall, there’s only so much profit to be gained from peddling Turkeys/Tofurkys, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Nor are we focusing on the "inflation" of the giant Thanksgiving Day Parade floats that will wind their way through the streets of New York City.
The more significant Thanksgiving “inflation” is the inflated prices of consumer products, including food, which have skyrocketed. We can thank major food corporations for this.Read more
Tomorrow is election day. Please vote if you already haven’t by mail or in person.
But voting isn’t enough. We also need a People’s Movement like Move to Amend to abolish corporate rule, an essential step toward achieving legitimate democracy.
Electing better representatives at every level of government who represent the interests of voters rather than large donors is critical. That can be a challenge, especially when candidates swimming in campaign cash from the super rich and business corporations flood our airwaves, mailboxes and inboxes.Read more
Interview of Greg Coleridge, Co-Director
Staying in Contact with London Mitchell
November 2, 2023
While the public, investors and many leaders abroad exhaled in relief when Congress agreed to a 45-day temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, the shutdown of real democracy in our country endures.
Representative democracy decreasingly represents the public, particularly for people of color, women and other groups who have never possessed equal rights.Read more
SUMMARY OF TESTIMONIES SHAKER HEIGHTS DEMOCRACY DAY
September 11, 2023
With passage of Issue 95 in Shaker Heights in November 2016, the voters of Shaker Heights supported a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying that money is not speech and that corporate entities do not have constitutional rights which were intended for natural persons only. Passage of the issue also established a biannual public forum called Democracy Day where individuals could speak before the mayor and city council of Shaker Heights about how money in politics and the construct of corporate personhood are undermining our democracy with the purpose of informing our state and congressional legislators of the will of Shaker Heights voters to establish the We the People Amendment.Read more