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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

MOVE TO AMEND IN MAINE



Across the state of Maine 37 local cities and towns have passed resolutions in support of banning corporate $$$ in our elections.  Eleven states have either passed resolutions at their state legislature or held statewide referendums in support of an amendment to the constitution that says campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.

Last week town councilors in neighboring Brunswick voted 6-3 in support of such a constitutional amendment.  On March 6 Bath City Council will vote on a similar resolution.  In order to help make this happen I've been working with a local Move to Amend committee in Bath.  Yesterday I handed out flyers in front of the local post office inviting people to a public meeting on Thursday, Feb 21 at our city hall auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm.  This meeting will feature speakers and discussion about ending corporate influence in our electoral process.

Last November a state senate race in Maine (Bangor area) saw $450,000 of mostly out-of-state money get pumped into that local election.  When a state senate race draws that kind of attention and corporate funding you know that we are in big trouble.  An effort is also underway in Maine's state legislature to pass a similar resolution in support of the constitutional amendment to ban big $$ in politics.  Without such an amendment to our constitution we are nothing but a corporate slave state.

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