Oct. 18, 2016
Panel Thursday: Corporate Personhood, Money as Speech and the State of Our Democracy
WHAT: A panel discussion on how the undue influence of money is affecting the political system. Guests will discuss how U.S. Supreme Court decisions, such as Citizens United, changed who has access to power in our democracy and how the movement to amend the Constitution is expanding to bring power back to the people.
The event is being held as Washington residents are starting to receive their 2016 election ballots. On the ballot is Initiative 735, which calls on the Washington congressional delegation to overturn Citizens United, makes clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as real human beings and requires transparency in election spending.
The event will begin with a reception and silent auction fundraiser, then move to a keynote address and panel discussion. Find more details.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 20
5:30-7 p.m. – Welcoming reception and fundraiser with special guests
7-9 p.m. – Keynote and panel discussion
WHERE: Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., Seattle
WHO: Keynote address by Hon. Nina Turner, former Ohio state senator
Panel guests include:
Aquene Freechild, co-director, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign
John Bonifaz, president, Free Speech for People
Derek Cressman, author of “When Money Talks”