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Had to republish this..
24 Empty Homes for Every 1 homeless American!!?? Does this make any sense to you? This is the story of Poughkeepsie residents taking action intent on filling empty foreclosed homes with the homeless people who need them. Get involved!
This 80-minute documentary focuses on the growing “wealth gap” in America, as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 27-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. Johnson, who cut his film teeth at NYU and made the Emmy®-nominated 2003 HBO documentary Born Rich, here sets his sights on exploring the political, moral and emotional rationale that enables a tiny percentage of Americans – the one percent – to control nearly half the wealth of the entire United States. The film Includes interviews with Nicole Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., Adnan Khashoggi, Milton Friedman, Robert Reich, Ralph Nader and other luminaries.
I have been watching this documentary and am amazed at the audacity, and non caring attitude of the Super Rich.
June 21, 2012
Sullivan County Legislature meeting.
Today, at least seven members of MoveOn.org Sullivan (NY) presented a petition to the Sullivan county legislature in Monticello NY, for a ‘resolution’ to Overturn the ‘Citizens United’ Supreme court decision. Kathie Aberman introduced our Petition, describing the MoveOn.org , Public Citizen’s movement since last January to overturn this decision and get money out of politics, and, as our draft resolution said,
1) A corporation is not a person and can be regulated
2) Money is not speech and can be regulated, and
Ending with, “The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.”
The proposed ‘draft’ resolution was presented by; Kathie Aberman, Robert Dorn, Padma Dyvine, Marshall Rubin, Chet Carlin, Priscilla Bassett, Thomas Brown, Marilyn Valant, Mary Ann Burke, Mary Ellen Boyd, Catherine Rivas, Harris Alic, James Clark, Kristina Williams and several hundred petitioners, residents of Sullivan County.
Some members were unable to be present and others read their statements supporting this.
Several of us were interviewed and photographed by local media, and a special group portrait was taken with Cora Edwards, one of the 9 Legislators present.
June 14, 2012
Across the nation, concerned citizens of all political stripes are mobilizing in support of an action to
nullify the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. U.S. Election Commission.
This court case resulted in granting corporations and unions the right, under the guise of the First
Amendment freedom of speech, to provide unlimited, anonymous funds to political campaigns. Much
of this money is currently being used to buy partisan political ads through the broadcast media.
As a result the nation’s media have been inundated with huge amounts of cash, in effect
drowning out opposing points of view, a dire threat to our very existence as a democracy.
In a number of states, counties, and municipalities, resolutions have been introduced to garner
support for a constitutional remedy that would overturn the Citizens United decision.
Members of MoveOn, the Sullivan County, N.Y. affiliate of a national grassroots organization is
introducing a draft resolution to the Sullivan County Legislature at its next public session on Thursday,
June 21, 2:00 P.M. in the County Administration building in Monticello. The group is hoping that a
large public turnout will help convince legislators of the urgent need to adopt a overturn resolution in
order to restore democracy to the elective process. “We’re at a critical crossroads, and a strong
affirmation of our determination can turn back the threat of an undemocratic takeover of our public
institutions,” , Sullivan County, NY, MoveOn.