Sept. 03, 2014 Contact: Janet Hays (504) 274 6091
Activists Hold New Orleans “Democracy is For All” Rally
Activists from National and Local Organizations Will Urge Sen. Landrieu to Back Constitutional Amendment Curbing Money in Politics – Vote Is Sept. 8
New Orleans, LA — Activists representing nationwide and local organizations, including Public Citizen, MoveOn.org, Political Action, People For the American Way, CREDO Action, Common Cause, Justice and Beyond and Advocates for Environmental Human Rights will deliver 8,430 petitions from Louisiana’s residents to U.S. Sen. Landrieu’s New Orleans district office on Sept. 3rd asking her to back a constitutional amendment to curb the flood of money in politics.
Fifty U.S. senators support the Democracy For All constitutional amendment (S.J. Res 19), which would establish that Congress and the states have the power to regulate and limit election spending. However, Landrieu has yet to add her name to the list. Activists will urge the senator to become the 51st supporter and to support the amendment on September 8 when the Senate considers it.
The amendment is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) and McCutcheon v. FEC. In Citizens United, the court gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited sums to influence elections. As a result, spending by outside groups – those not affiliated with campaigns – skyrocketed. In McCutcheon, the court struck down the aggregate campaign spending limits, allowing the super-wealthy to contribute millions of dollars directly to candidates, political parties and joint fundraising committees.
“Big money has drowned out the voices of everyday people. It has created a system that subjugates everyday people to the Uber-Wealthy and big corporations which do not have our health, quality of life, or rights to self-determination at heart. Our political representatives must step up and take decisions necessary to restore the balance of power”, says Janet Hays, community organizer and human rights advocate.
Dozens of organizations nationwide have collected approximately 3 million signatures calling for Citizens United to be overturned. Sixteen states, approximately 550 cities and towns, and more than 160 former and current members of Congress and President Barack Obama have indicated support for the amendment. It’s time Landrieu gets on board.
WHEN: 12pm, Wednesday September 3rd, 2014
WHERE: The steps of the Hale Boggs Building, 500 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
WHO: To include speakers from a variety of justice advocacy groups.
VISUALS: Signs and Boxes containing the petitions
Posting this because people took the time to organize it. Disclaimer: Occupy NOLA rejects the two party system and does not support voting for Mary Landrieu, but supports overturning Citizens United.