Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Support the Occupy Movement: Demand a Presidential Commission on the Influence of Money on our Democracy

Tell Washington: We've had enough of big money buying our democracy

There is a worldwide movement emerging that is calling for real representative democracy. It has changed the Middle East forever and has brought people together in nations around the world.

In recent weeks, the movement came to the United States in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Now, people in hundreds of cities in the U.S. are taking to the streets to say that we’ve had enough of the influence of big money interests. Our elected officials should be working to protect the interests of working families.

Keystone Progress supports the efforts of the people occupying Wall Street and other cities across the U.S. And we are asking our subscribers to sign a petition backing their demand:

We demand that President Barack Obama establish a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.

It’s a simple demand, but it can change the way our nation works. An overwhelming majority of Americans agrees that that money plays too much of a role in the way decisions are made in Washington, and in our state capitols. A commission to find ways to limit that influence can have profound impact on our economy and our democracy.

As the folks at AdBusters wrote, “This could be the beginning of a whole new social dynamic in America, a step beyond the Tea Party movement, where, instead of being caught helpless by the current power structure, we the people start getting what we want… Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America.”

We can do this if we stand together, and stand firm. We’re asking you to do two things today:

1) Send an email directly to President Obama, and your Members of Congress demanding the Presidential Commission; and

2) Send this to all of your friends, family and co-workers. Use email, Facebook, Twitter and every other resource you have.

If you join our efforts, we’ll send you updates when there are Occupy events happening in your area and when there are other significant related actions happening.

It's time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we're doomed without it.

In Solidarity:
The Keystone Progress Team

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