Hitting the road and hope to see you.

I’m taking my book, Corporations Are Not People, and the campaign to overturn Citizens United and unbalanced corporate power in America on the road.  I hope that we’ll have a chance to connect. Here’s a list of confirmed events across the country, with more to come.

Behind the drama and serious issues at stake as the party conventions wrap up and as the presidential election heads into the homestretch, the peril to American self-government and republican democracy due to Citizens United and dominant corporate power grows worse.

Massive election spending by the very few has soared. And far less than 1% of Americans are invited to play this game. Most people must watch from the sidelines while corporations and plutocrats dump self-interested money to politicians, and then come to collect the bill after the election.

Beyond elections and corrupting money in politics, we face a new and dangerous Constitutional “corporate veto” that strikes down and blocks basic, common-sense laws that are the norm in other countries. Cigarette warning laws enacted by Congress in 2009— struck down; disclosure laws wanted by 95% of Americans for genetically modified organisms in our food— struck down and blocked;  financial reform enacted after the 2008 crash, such as the SEC’s proxy access rules— struck down and blocked. Environmental and energy laws-  struck down and blocked even as the global climate catastrophe deepens. Farmers are now even unable to stop foreign oil corporations from seizing private land.

That’s why I co-founded and help lead Free Speech for People; to sound the alarm and advance the work for the 28th Amendment- – a People’s Rights Amendment; for campaign finance reform and corporate accountability; for human rights for human beings; and to help restore government of, for and by the people in America.

With our great allies across the country and your help, we’re winning. Seven states and hundreds of towns have passed Constitutional amendment resolutions. The President has called for a Constitutional amendment. Several very good versions of the 28th Amendment are now pending in Congress. Businesspeople are organizing to support this work because they know good democracy and good, sustainable economies go hand in hand. In the west, determined citizens are forcing ballot initiatives to challenge Citizens United and corporate control of our government. And we’re just warming up.

So I’m encouraged as I hit the road, and look forward to seeing many friends and allies along the way.  Come on out to an event near you, or organize one with your friends and neighbors. I’ll be happy to help any way I can, and know that a lot of other Americans are ready and willing to do so as well.

Let’s do this.

Jeff

About Jeff Clements

Jeff Clements is co-founder and chair of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive corporate power, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He co-founded Free Speech For People in 2010, after representing several public interest organizations with a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Citizens United case. Jeff has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Jeff has been a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston, and in his own firm. Jeff also has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards, including that of the Portland Water District, a public agency responsible for protecting and delivering safe drinking water and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater for 160,000 people; Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental organization he co-founded with others to protect and enhance stewardship of Maine’s Casco Bay; and The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2012, Jeff co-founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides cost-effective capital to farmers and businesses engaged in local, sustainable agriculture. Jeff graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School in 1988. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and three children. Jeff Clements Twitter: @ClementsJeff Email: jclements@freespeechforpeople.org
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