Occupy Democracy at the Local Level

This video, courtesy of Public Citizen's occupy democracy website, highlights the juxtaposition between the ease with which money speaks, and the difficulty everyday citizens face just trying to make their voices heard. But there is something you can do about it at the local level, and in your own community. Learn more, below the fold.

There is a growing nationwide movement pushing for an amendment to the constitution to reflect the rather obvious notions that corporations are not people, and that massive amounts of money changing hands in a secretive and shady manner isn't anyone's idea of free speech.

Towards that end many folks are trying to bring their communities on board with this movement by getting their local governments to pass resolutions to that effect. The Move to Amend website provides sample language here.

Ask yourself, is there a local town council member who might support this? If so, shoot them an e-mail or give them a call, and see what they think. Worried there isn't enough local support? Get a friend or two to go with you to a meeting with a council member, or get a petition going in favor of a local resolution.

No matter what issues you care about, chances are that big money in politics means that someone else's speech will always outweigh yours. Fighting money in politics is something we all need to take a stand on. Want to find other ways to keep the fight up? Click here to learn about more ways to volunteer.


Word on the street is that Chapel Hill

Word on the street is that Chapel Hill's town council will be considering this kind of resolution during their Council Business Meeting on Jan 9th. If you're in Chapel Hill, why not show up and show your support? If you're not from Chapel Hill, but nearby, why not show up and see how this process works so that you can repeat it in your own town?