Just weeks after the historic vote by the people of Tallahassee to vote for the first Anti-Corruption Charter Amendment, Tallahassee will have 2 days of great events that bring the people together around the future of GETTING MONEY OUT OF POLITICS and OVERTURNING CITIZENS UNITED.
Rhana Bazzini began walking from Sarasota on October 13 in support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states "Corporations are NOT People and Money is NOT Speech." Inspired by 89-year-old Granny D, who walked across the country for campaign finance reform in 1999, the 81-year-old will arrive with fellow marchers Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig (MayDay PAC), Former Green Party Presidential Candidate David Cobb (Move To Amend), John Bonifaz (Free Speech for People) and hundreds more at the Tallahassee state capitol on December 3 at 10 am, followed by at noon by a potluck lunch and a performance of "Go, Granny D" by Barbara Bates-Smith and Jeff Sebens . "There seems to be general agreement that money has corrupted our political system," says the 5'3" 94-lb. Bazzini. "I wanted to do something about it."
The night before the final leg of the walk, there will be a special screening of the new documentary film Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes followed by an all-star panel discussion with Rhana Bazinni, Lawrence Lessig, David Cobb, John Bonifaz, Dan Krassner (Integrity Florida) and filmmaker John Wellington Ennis, moderated by Peter Butzin (Common Cause) on December 2 at 7 pm at the Tallahassee Film Society All Saints Cinema at 918 Railroad Avenue.
7pm Film Screening - Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes - At the All Saints Cinema 918 Railroad Ave
8:30pm Panel and discussions with David Cobb, John Bonifaz, Lakey, Rhana Bazzini, Dan Krassner and film director John Wellington Ennis. Panel moderated by Peter Butzin
8am - Walk with Rhana B and the others on the final leg of her trip. Location TBD
10am - Press Conference at the Tallahassee Capitol
12pm - Potluck and Performance of Go Granny D! by Barbara Bates-Smith & Jeff Sebens - Unitarian Universalist Church at 2810 N. Meridian Road
Rhana Bazzini is 81-years-old and is finishing her 400 mile walk across Florida to Get Money Out in the footsteps of Granny D. She’s overcome cancer and has adjusted to living with a colostomy. These challenges have not slowed her down. Right now she’s walking from Sarasota to Tallahassee because she could not afford to buy TV ads or pay for the media blitz needed to counter “big money” efforts to take control of our democracy.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, an activist network opposed to corruption in government and MayDay PAC, a crowd-funded superPAC. Lessig has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress -- and a Plan to Stop It and One Way Forward: The Outsider's Guide to Fixing the Republic. He serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MapLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.
David Cobb is a lawyer, political activist, and engaged citizen. He has dedicated his adult life to making the promise of a democratic republic a reality in the United States. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount. David Cobb is currently on staff at Democracy Unlimited and a spokesperson for Move To Amend, a national coalition calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish “Corporate Personhood,” which is the legal doctrine that allows corporations to overturn democratically enacted laws seeking to protect citizens from corporate harm and abuse.
John Bonifaz is the co-founder and Director of Free Speech for People. John Bonifaz is also the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national voting rights and election integrity organization in the United States. Voter Action is the lead organizational partner for Free Speech For People. Prior to joining Voter Action, Mr. Bonifaz worked with the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI), an organization he founded in 1994. NVRI served as a prominent legal and public education center dedicated to protecting the right of all citizens to vote and to participate in the electoral process on an equal and meaningful basis. From 1994-2004, Mr. Bonifaz served as NVRI’s executive director and from 2004-2006, he served as NVRI’s general counsel. Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Dan Krassner is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Integrity Florida, a Tallahassee-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute and government watchdog group promoting integrity in government and exposing public corruption. Mr. Krassner led the effort for the Tallahassee Charter Referendum Amendment to establish an ethics anti-corruption code, board, office and campaign finance program. Previously a director of a leading global public relations and communications firm, Mr. Krassner served in several senior management positions in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee including Chief Strategy and Communications Officer for the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of Communications at Florida TaxWatch.
John Wellington Ennis is a filmmaker, activist, and father. His previous films are FREE FOR ALL!: One Dude’s Quest to Save Democracy and the Upright Citizens Brigade‘s Wild Girls Gone, starring Amy Poehler. Ennis has written for The Huffington Post, The Onion, and Melrose & Fairfax. He is a co-founder of Video the Vote, a citizen journalism project covering election problems, and is on the board of Public Interest Pictures. He attended the film schools at New York University and University of Southern California and has taught documentary filmmaking at UCLA Extension.
Peter Butzin is retired from Advanced Solutions International, publisher of iMIS software for non-profit organizations. He also founded and was CEO os Southern Accent Computer Companies, which specialized in accounting and customer relations management systems for non-profit organizations. Peter was executive director of Common Cause from 1976 to 1982 and also organized Common Cause Georgia. He has also served three terms on Common Cause's national board and is chair of its Florida Chapter. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and co-founder in 1976 of the United Church in Tallahassee, where he and his wife continue to be active. He is also active in the League of Women Voters.
Lakey is a graduate student, teacher and organizer with Florida State University Progress Coalition. FSU Progress is fighting for academic integrity, transparency and the de-corporatization of higher education. Their work to expose Koch-funding of the university economics department in exchange for approval over faculty appointments and curricula has received international media coverage. FSU is the second-highest-funded Koch campus in the country and is led by seven-time Koch-funded ALEC Legislator of the Year John Thrasher. As close to 400 colleges and universities now have Koch funding, FSU Progress Coalition has joined forces with a national movement of campuses all over the country in an all-out pushback against Koch corruption on campus. UnKoch My Campus advocates for transparency around private donor - public university foundation contracts, academic integrity and defense of academic freedom.
Pay 2 Play - Driven to make the world a better place for his newborn daughter, John Ennis looks for ways out of our system of pay-to-play politics. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to returning the United States government to its People.
Pay 2 Play features Robert Reich, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Lessig, Jerry Springer, John Nichols, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Jack Abramoff, Thom Hartmann, Bob Edgar and more.
Go Granny D! “You’re Never To Old To Raise A Little Hell” Never underestimate grannies. At age 90 Doris "Granny D" Haddock blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. She continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: "Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going." Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens highlight the story of this crusader whose steel determination took the world by surprise and elevated her to national fame. Smith summons the granny with the straw hat proclaiming across the U.S. "Corporations are not people! Democracy is!”
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