Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and Public Citizen’s Rally in Augusta
Schedule for Tuesday January 22
7:00 – bus leaves COA in Bar Harbor7:30 – bus leaves Somesville One Stop8:00 – bus leaves Mill Mall in Ellsworth9:00 – bus leaves Reny’s parking lot in Belfast10:00 – bus arrives in Augusta10:30 – rally at the statehouse with a variety of speakers11:00 to 1:00: meet with (and possibly have lunch with) legislators1:00 – bus returns to the coast2:00 – bus arrives in Belfast3:00 – bus arrives in Ellsworth3:30 – bus arrives in Somesville4:00 – bus arrives in Bar Harbor
There’s no way to analyze the 2012 election without highlighting the impact of Big Money, especially the $1 billion channeled through outside groups by giant corporations and the hyper-rich. All politics now occurs against the backdrop of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision. On every single issue that matters to them, corporations and the super-wealthy have more power and influence than they did just a few years ago.
Voters are fighting back. Statewide ballot measures calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United passed by 3-to-1 margins in Colorado and Montana, making a total of 11 states that have passed similar resolutions.
Here in Maine, a coalition of activists led by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) and Public Citizen collected more than 10,000 signatures at the polls calling for a statewide resolution for a constitutional amendment to take back our democracy. With a new legislature, we have an opportunity to make Maine the 12th state to pressure Congress to act.
On Tuesday, January 22 — the day after the third anniversary of the Court’s Citizens United ruling — citizens from across Maine will be converging on Augusta to urge our legislature to pass a resolution calling for a Constitutional Amendment. MCCE is staging a rally outside the State House, to be followed by meetings with our legislators and possibly a vote on this resolution.
Local concerned citizens are chartering a bus that will leave from the College of the Atlantic at 7am, Somesville One Stop at 7:30, pick people up at 8AM at the Mill Mall in Ellsworth and at 9:00 at Reny’s parking lot in Belfast. We will return to Belfast by 2:00PM, Ellsworth at 3PM and MDI shortly after. We are asking for a sliding-scale contribution of $5-$25 to make it possible for people with limited income (including seniors and students) to ride the bus to Augusta. In addition, if you can’t make the trip but would like to be there in spirit as well as help defray the costs of the transportation please consider making a donation.
I have put the cost of the bus — $525 — on my credit card, since Cyr needs payment in advance. Please make checks out to Gary Friedmann. Payment — on a sliding scale — (cash or check) can be made onboard on the 22nd, or you can send it in advance to 7 Pine Street, Bar Harbor 04609.
Please call 288-5323 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat on the bus. We would love to have you join us!