Juneau, AK – Dark Money Screening
April 15 @ 6:00 pm

Postponed – stay tuned for new date

 

Dark Money is a documentary film about the effects of corporate money and influence in the American political system, using the state of Montana as a case study. The film begins with the story of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company and how the influence of mining corporations caused state legislators to relax mining regulations, which resulted in an environmental catastrophe in Butte, Montana, with problems that persist today. As a result, Montana banned corporate campaign financing of state politics in 1912. However, since the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, corporate interests and big money have made their way back on the scene. In 2015, Montana reasserted its campaign finance sovereignty with passage of the Montana Disclose Act, which, by requiring full disclosure of contributors’ names, removed the “dark” aspect of the Big Money influence on their campaigns. The film follows the investigative work of John Adams and includes interviews from prominent figures in Montana state politics and those involved in the movement to examine and limit the influence of dark money in politics.

The film will be followed by discussion. Snacks and refreshments provided.

League of Women Voters Maine COVID-19 Elections Impact
April 8 @ 12:00 pm

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis.

Join us for our webinar to discuss how COVID-19 could impact the upcoming elections. Topics include:

How do we protect our Democracy during a pandemic?
Could the June primary and/or November election be postponed?
Who has the power to make these changes?
How could voting by mail work in Maine?

Massachusetts Chapter Monthly Meeting
March 31 @ 6:00 pm

Calling all interested Massachusetts citizens to our Mass Chapter meeting on March 31, 6pm, via Zoom.

Please use the dial-in information below:

Meeting Agenda:

  • Housekeeping:
  • AP Updates
  • What’s new on the national and state fronts?
  • Review high-level goals and structure – roadmap for a 28th Amendment by 2026
  • Chapter Updates
  • Business Updates (Rob)
  • Updates from other business members
  • Chapter Initiatives
  • What action does everyone commit to doing in the next month?
  • Chapter training sign up
  • Questions, thoughts and wrap-up!
  • We The People Minnesota Citizen Lobby Day
    March 11 @ 10:00 am

    Minnesota is racing to become the 21st state calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to get Big Money out of politics. Join Minnesota citizen leaders in the capitol for our citizen lobby day of action to move this effort forward!

    We will meet at the capitol and visit our legislators to advance this needed reform. Don’t worry if you are new to this. Training will be provided and you will not be alone!

    Register for the event here. You can reach out to Minnesota State Coordinator Vicki Barnes at  mn.americanpromise@gmail.com with any questions.

    We’ll meet in conference room G20A in the Capitol building for training before proceeding to our meetings in the capitol building. We’ll start training at 10, but feel free to show up anytime after 9 if you’d like to help set up. 

    Special Quarterly APDE All-Hands Meeting / Public Forum
    March 10 @ 7:00 pm

    Join us for a special quarterly All-Hands Meeting and OPEN PUBLIC FORUM on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. Our guest speakers, Senator Bryan Townsend and Representative David Bentz, will present information and answer questions about SCR 72.

    This Resolution calls on Congress to send to the States for ratification a Constitutional amendment proposal that would overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous 2010 Citizens United v FEC ruling that opened the floodgates to special interest BIG MONEY in our elections.

    Don’t miss this exciting event! It’s FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

    Democracy is Brewing: St. Paul, MN
    March 10 @ 5:00 pm

    Join American Promise on our Democracy Brewing tour! You’ll join MN State Coordinator Vicki Barnes and American Promise State Manager Azor Cole who will discuss how to get involved locally in the national fight to get Big Money out of politics.

    Whether your issue is the opioid crisis, the $21 trillion national debt, out-of-state spending in Minnesota elections, a level playing field for business competition, affordable healthcare, or declining trust in U.S. institutions, effective and lasting reform requires that we reaffirm the constitutional foundations for government of, by and for the American people.

    5-6pm: Eat and Greet

    6-7pm: Learn About the Movement to End Big Money

    Concord, MA Public Lecture: Democracy in Chains
    March 6 @ 7:30 pm

    Nancy was a speaker at our NCLC 2019 Conference.

    Join Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, will make two local appearances. Maclean is an award-winning scholar whose latest book has been called “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.”

    Salem, MA Public Lecture: Democracy in Chains
    March 5 @ 7:00 pm

    Nancy was a speaker at our NCLC 2019 Conference.

    Join Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, will make two local appearances. Maclean is an award-winning scholar whose latest book has been called “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.”

    Coffee and Cake at the Wyoming Capitol
    February 24 @ 9:00 am

    “The Wyoming Constitution guarantees equal rights to ‘members of the human race’. Corporations are not people…We must get this ‘dark money’ out of our political system … join us – there is work to do!” —Alan K. Simpson, Former U.S. Senator, Wyoming (1979-1997)

    Coffee and Cake at the Wyoming Capitol is scheduled for the interim session on Monday, February 24, 2020, 9:00 to 10:00 am WO53 off Connector, in Cheyenne, WY to make sure lawmakers remain aware that this is still a big issue for their constituents.

    Meet the leaders of the state wide organization and hear what is happening in this movement.

     

    Please RSVP to Shelby Shadwell shelby.shadwell@gmail.com to support WY Promise.

    Congressional Hearing on Citizens United: The Consequences for Democracy and Potential Responses by Congress
    February 6 @ 10:00 am

    Breaking News: Thanks to your efforts, an amendment to get big money out of politics just had a major national breakthrough. We have an official public hearing in Congress, Thursday Feb 6th, in the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Committee!

    This is a public hearing, so let’s pack the house. Our job is to show Congress that getting big money out of politics is something all Americans – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – care about. We know this isn’t a partisan issue, and have to make sure Congress knows too!

    Click Here to Contact Your Members of Congress to Support the Amendment to get Big Money out of Politics

    Click here to watch the live stream of the Congressional Hearing

    Over the past two years, you’ve had over 200 meetings in Washington D.C. as part of our Citizen Lobby Days. This hearing is just one tangible example of your impact!

    Attendees of the 2019 Citizen Lobby Day stand outside the Capitol before meeting with elected officials to discuss the 28th Amendment.