Newsletter #8 April, 2014

Newsletter #8 April, 2014

Save the Date: Awards Dinner June 28

Join Washington Public Campaigns as we host our 2014 Awards Dinner to celebrate the volunteers, organizations and public leaders in the important fight for real democracy. The dinner will also honor two heroes, Craig Salins and Steve Hamm. Each worked tirelessly during his lifetime to further democratic ideals. Plan to join us on Saturday, June 28 in Bloedel Hall at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 5:30 pm.Tickets on sale now.

Join the Stars in Gathering Signatures
for Initiative 1329

Three cheers to Linda Bock. This Sammamish woman’s goal was to collect 1,000 signatures for Initiative 1329 to get big money out of political campaigns. She not only gathered 1,000 signatures before the end of February, she is still collecting more: 1,300 so far! What is her secret? She assures people she is a volunteer – not associated with Tim Eyman. She stands in front of the Redmond and Kirkland libraries and Whole Foods grocery store. Other star signature gatherers are:
Annie Phillips, Burien – 1180
Andrea Radich, Port Angeles – 980
Diane Jones, Port Townsend – 980
Kim Jordan, Clinton – 960
Rodger Stevens, Vancouver 960
Find information on how to get petitions and gather signatures here. Ken Dammand, WPC board president has his own technique. Read about his “Pin and Pocket” signature gathering method here.

Supreme Court Abandons Democracy

The US Supreme Court has the delicate job of protecting freedom of speech while preserving the defining characteristic of democracy: the equal distribution of political power. It is unlikely that a perfect balance could be found by the wisest and best intended court. But it would be difficult, indeed, to fail more spectacularly than the current court. Five justices have consistently defended the rights of the ultra-wealthy and demonstrated utter contempt for the workings of democracy. Their decisions have been based on assumptions about the political system that reveal either an unbelievable disconnect from reality or outright corruption. Either way, the court has clearly abandoned Democracy.
The most recent in this series of decisions, McCutcheon vs. FEC, engendered comments from former Superior Court Judge and Seattle City Councilperson, Jim Street, and Washington Public Campaigns President, Ken Dammand. Read their analysis and opinion here.

The “TAKE” on Fracking

The natural gas and fracking industry holds considerable influence with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. According to a study conducted by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), approximately 87% of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives received campaign contributions from the natural gas industry between the 2004 and 2012 election cycles. Read More

One Third of the Way & Breaking News

We have come one third of the way toward a constitutional amendment in only four years since the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the case which flooded our elections with big money. We are one third of the way there! It’s amazing progress in three years. Read More
Breaking news on April 30 (not April 1) the US Senate Rules Committee Chair announced there would be a floor vote this year on the Constitutional Amendment bill sponsored by Tom Udall (D-CO). Click Here to Hear former US Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ Testimony on “Dark Money”

Have You Seen “Inequality for All”?

Robert Reich’s movie is well-worth the time and effort to see. Reich has assembled an impressive array of information and examples of the unfathomable
gap between the wealthiest 1% of Americans and the rest of us. It is affecting elections and public policy. There are many opportunities to view the
film. Here are a few upcoming soon.
May 2, 7:00 pm, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, 5019 Keystone Pl. N, Seattle
(Keystone Church)
May 3, 7:00 pm, West Seattle Meaningful Movies, 6400 Sylvan Wy SW, Seattle (New Highpoint Community Center)
May 13, 7:00 pm, Presented by Ken Dammand, 8616 271st Street NW, Stanwood (Snow Goose Bookstore)
May 14, 7:00 pm, Presented by Ken Dammand, 2811 Wetmore Ave, Everett (Cafe
May 16, 7:00 pm, Meaningful Movies in Kirkland, 308 4th Ave S. (at State),
Kirkland (Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church)
May 18, 12:30 pm, Lunch & Movie hosted by United Church of Christ, 1217 6th
Ave, Seattle (Plymouth Church)