That the third anniversary of Citizens United, the Inauguration, and the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday fall on the same weekend presents an opportunity that this movement can't ignore. We challenge you to take to the streets with this simple message:
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Click here for a print ready poster (13x19 with bleed)
Click here for print ready postcard front and here for the back.
The problem: The controversial court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corruption in our government. It's one of the most recognizable terms regarding money in politics, so it's a natural segue to explaining the breadth of corruption plaguing our government.
The strategy: Whether you want to hold a banner, put up posters, or hand out fliers, you're free to use this image to raise awareness on this historic occasion. Rootstrikers is supporting large scale actions in collaboration with other organizations in San Francisco, New York, and DC, and you can join one, or act locally in solidarity. Wherever you act, you'll send a message to activists, politicians, and ordinary citizens everywhere that Rootstrikers are driving real reform in 2013.
The solution: Even though it's just one piece of the puzzle, Citizens United brought a sense of urgency to our movement. By raising the stakes of campaign finance reform, this Supreme Court ruling pronounced the corrupting influence of money in politics the most fundamental threat to our civil rights this century. Now, it's up to us to spread that message and make sure real change is a priority this term.
The Latest on the January Action
Below is a list of some actions we know will be taking place from January 18-21 [click the linked date for more information]. Some are being planned by Rootstrikers, and some are led by sister organizations with Rootstrikers attending.
Feel free to drop in on one, or plan your own and we'll add it to the list! We'll update this as more actions trickle in.
Thanks again to all of you for sharing your great ideas for action — with this kind of energy, I'm excited to see the things we can do together in 2013!
Given the several calls for a campaign using a banner/billboard/sign, we decided this would be the best route to take for our January action. We're making available what I hope you'll agree is a really cool image, designed by some very talented Rootstrikers, highlighting the problem of Citizens United and putting it in the context of the larger problem of corruption that we face.
Sheppard and I would like to start finalizing the idea for a January action by early next week. If you haven’t chimed in already with a proposal of your own, or thoughts about one that’s already been suggested, please do! To recap, here are some ideas that are already in the fray:
Steve Moye commented
2013-02-26 12:12:39 -0500
I’m a hard-working shift worker, so….my plans are to advocate repealing Citizens United at every opportunity until its’ yoke is removed from our collective necks.
2013-01-19 14:55:02 -0500
I’m working with represent.us [we’re collecting signatures 12-1 Monday at City Hall]. Anyway we can get together. We seem to be going in the same direction.
2013-01-14 15:45:31 -0500
Just as a judge is prohibited from ex parte communications, so should congressmen and public officials be prohibited from communications with “interested parties,” off of the record. All such communications should be on the record and available online for public inspection and oversight. It is not enough to have laws and regulations on the books; in order for them to be meaningful, there should be severe punishments of individuals for their infraction, and a public entity that is fully funded and endowed with the power of enforcement—— and not of mere oversight, and not able to be infiltrated by interested people or groups.
BJ McCollister commented
2013-01-14 14:39:16 -0500
itizens Unite Against Citizens United: Fight back against big money in politics. How do we fight back to limit the influence of special interests money in our politics and government? Amend the Constitution. If you believe in government of, by, and for the people; not government bought and paid for by wealthy special interests, come to Augusta to mark the anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s notorious decision in Citizens United. Join us at the State House in our efforts to urge the Maine Legislature to take action. The rally will be followed by citizen lobbying. Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 10:30 AM , Maine State House. It’s time we stand up to be counted! Sign up today! http://www.facebook.com/events/246396915491577/
Joseph H. Lindsley
2013-01-11 23:14:09 -0500
I can only work from this keyboard…I am 92+ and can’t act on the ground….but ten years on the PC has honed my ability to write and make statements that get attention fro many organizations.
I post dozens of petitions on Facebook and to selected e-mail list. No point in proselytizing the ignorant and uninvolved.
2013-01-11 15:53:50 -0500
I promote a petition for Public Financing @ publicfinancingnow.com
Also, on other websites including: TheModernUtopian.com
2013-01-07 11:46:55 -0500
Bill, thanks for the feedback, and sorry to see you go. The street team embodies one aspect of Rootstrikers work, and its purpose is to take on creative ideas to drive grassroots energy to this issue.
2013-01-05 18:28:54 -0500
We’re having a Rally to Amend with a county legislator, Kathy Luis Herrera, and a congressional candidate, Dan Lamb, to speak on Jan. 20th at 1 p.m. on the Commons either at the Bernie Milton pavilion or indoors in the Workers Center above the Autumn Leaves Bookstore if it’s too cold, raining or snowing. We will also have a live performance of We the People by Will Fudeman.
2013-01-05 14:56:54 -0500
While I fully support your goals, must say with all due respect, that the talkpoints, “ship on iceberg image,” and other materials provided to spread the word, and the general tone and focus of the campaign, have not been well received in my circle, a cohort I believe is necessary to achieve your objectives of meaningful campaign finance/lobbying legislation and/or a constitutional amendment. The comments regarding these materials and your strategy include “cartoonish,” “simplistic,” and “juvenile,” and question whether Rootstrikers is meant to be a serious and substantial organization, or a fleeting occupy clone designed as a make work project to keep some rather privileged folks in the black while awaiting other employment?
2013-01-04 15:19:10 -0500
I’ll be taking part in DC.
2013-01-04 15:02:06 -0500
let me know about a january san fran event
2013-01-04 14:59:10 -0500
Can’t get there, but take a streamer of a video camera and put it on youtube.