Move to Amend in Spartanburg

This Just In! Move To Amend is also coming to Spartanburg!

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, David Cobb, former Green Party candidate for president, will be speaking at USC Upstate in Media 124 at 1 p.m.. The topic of the speech will the movement to amend the constitution to reverse the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The event is sponsored by the USC Upstate College Democrats.

http://news.uscupstate.edu/2012/11/david-cobb-to-speak-on-campus/

http://news.uscupstate.edu/2012/11/david-cobb-to-speak-on-campus/

Move to Amend is coming to the Upstate!

Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb, attorney and lifelong activist, is touring the southeast this winter, in an effort to build connections, inspire activism, and reveal the origins of corporate power in America. He stops in the Upstate the evening of  December 5th at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville.

Move to Amend is a national coalition of over 247,000 people and organizations whose goal is amending the United States Constitution to end corporate rule by building a multiracial, cross-class democracy movement. David’s presentations are part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! “Challenging Corporate Rule & Creating Democracy”aims to help local folks understand how they can work to abolish corporate personhood and establish a government of, by, and for the people.

This event is free and open to the public. Move To Amend appreciates your donations to help  finance these tours, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

See you there!  https://movetoamend.org/events/greenville-sc-move-amend-barnstorming-tour-david-cobb

Letter to the Editor published in Spartanburg Herald Journal

Sunday’s letters: Citizens United ruling

Published: Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.

Election-year fundraising is in full swing, with super PACs supporting both parties taking in stupendous amounts of unregulated, undisclosed money. If we are to preserve the integrity of our electoral system, the American voters are going to have to unite against the Citizens United ruling. In short, this U.S. Supreme Court ruling stated that corporations are people and that unlimited donations to super PACs are protected as free speech.

Clearly, corporations are not people, and corporate and union donations are not speech. The American people cannot depend on nor wait for the Supreme Court to see the grave results of its misguided ruling.

Efforts are being made in Congress. Most important, localities throughout the country are speaking out, sending a clear message to politicians that we will not accept the status quo of unlimited corporate donations to super PACs destroying the integrity of our electoral process and drowning out the voices of ordinary voters. This is a nonpartisan concern. Everyone who cares about this country should join in.

Local citizens are petitioning our own Spartanburg County Council to adopt a resolution against Citizens United. They will be joining several cities and counties in neighboring North Carolina and all across the country. For an up-to-date look at how many states, counties, cities and even small towns have passed resolutions against Citizens United, check out movetoamend.org/resolutions.

I hope local citizens will inform themselves about this issue and sign this locally generated petition. If enough citizens unite and speak out, this unfortunate ruling can be undone. It is up to us, the citizens and voters, to see that the repeal of Citizens United is accomplished.

Michael and

Doris Wilson Johnson

Lyman

General Election voter registration deadline

The next General Election in the U.S.A is Tuesday, November 6th.  The deadline for voter registration for this election is October 6th.  If you’re not registered, you can get started here.  If you would like to organize a voter registration drive, please email occupyspartanburg@gmail.com!

No War On Iran Vigil

Occupy Spartanburgers make The State newspaper 2/11/12

http://www.thestate.com/2012/02/12/2149695/stay-out-of-iran-protest-held.html

Al Jazeera reports on Occupy in South Carolina Jan. 21 2012

Several members of Occupy Spartanburg were interviewed by Al Jazeera while atttending Occupy Columbia’s Critical mass on Jan. 14th, 2012.    Here is the article.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/01/201212175634665342.html

Thursday, January 26 2012

Hub City Empty Bowls  January 26th, 2012

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.  The 2012 recipient  is TOTAL Ministries, assisting families in Spartanburg County who are facing a financial crisis.

Occupy Spartanburg members have volunteered to help serve/clean etc. that night.

http://hubcityemptybowls.com/about-empty-bowls-events/

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