Lifestyle

Public meetings to discuss impact of Citizens United Supreme Court decision on our representative democracy

The following was submitted by Becky Hellman.

A series of public meetings will be held the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to discuss the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on our representative democracy.

As a result of this decision, corporations, labor unions, trade associations and wealthy individuals are now able to contribute unlimited amounts of money, much of it anonymously, to organizations called SuperPACs in order to elect or oppose candidates for public office.

The meetings are intended to inform citizens how this substantially diminishes the importance of individuals in our political system and renders public officials more responsive to a few major contributors than to their constituents. A nation-wide, nonpartisan effort is needed to restore true representative democracy. Speakers will include Brian Gunn and Patti Szot of Involved Democracy in Seattle and Molly Gibbs of Move to Amend in Olympia.

The Lopez meeting is Saturday, Feb. 25, 7-9 p.m., at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, call 468-3221.

The Orcas meeting is Sunday, Feb. 26, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall in Eastsound, 45 Lavender Street. For more info, call 376-5624.

The San Juan meeting is Sunday, Feb. 26, 4:-6 p.m. in the Community Room of Skagit Valley College, 221 Weber Way, Friday Harbor. For more info, call 370-5401.


Community Events, April 2014

Add an Event
We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Apr 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.