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Working to support a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee. At its base, its a determination about who is a Person. According to this decision, Corporations are “persons” and are entitled to the same rights of free speech (AKA unlimited financial intervention into the election/political system.)

October Free Movie: PRICELE$$

October Free Movie: PRICELE$$

Pricele$$: It can cost millions to run for office. What does it cost? What does it buy?
Because our democracy shouldn’t be for sale

You are invited to our free monthly film screening–this one in honor of the election season that is heavily upon us. We all know that the flood of special interests money into our election system has deranged the process and almost destroyed our democracy in the process.  Join us as we see how it works. doesn’t work and could work.

When:  Monday, October 19th, 2015 from 7-9pm
Price: Absolutely free
Where: Sherrill Hall (rear side entrance of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church) 39 E. Central Street, Natick, MA (see map below)
Why: Because it’s important that all of us take responsibility for the wellbeing our our democracy.
Who: Sponsored by Occupy Natick
What Else: Light refreshments will be served.  Ample free parking (municipal lot and on street)

 

PRICELE$$ is a filmmaker’s personal journey across America to answer a burning question: why are some of our government’s most basic policies, like food and energy, so out-of-date . . . and can anything be done about it? Sharing the suspicion of fellow-citizens, including a class of young civics students, that campaign money is involved, the filmmakers set out on a spellbinding — and at times hilarious — ride from rural America to the halls of Congress to find out more, because democracy is a precious resource. In fact, it’s PRICELE$$.

Habitat Media’s new documentary shines a light on the corridors in our nation’s capitol to reveal how campaign money from deep-pocket special interests can influence both, our electoral process and national policies like food and energy. In addition to time spent with seasoned lawmakers, lobbyists, and a few dauntless citizen watchdogs, the filmmakers visit farmers and an unusual group of Iraq War veterans with strong opinions about policies that have changed their lives. Meanwhile, a classroom full of amazingly savvy civics students provides comic relief.

PRICELE$$ also offers a behind-the-scenes look at Arizona’s road-test of an electoral reform that some observers believe could free Congress from time-consuming fundraising and the corrosive influence of special interests and their lobbyists. Narrated by filmmaker Steve Cowan, PRICELE$$ was made on location in Washington D.C., New York, Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Arizona, California and Oregon. [Source]

Director’s Statement:

Our non-partisan film is meant for the many citizens we’ve met coast-to-coast who deeply love their country but say they don’t truly feel represented — people too busy making a living or raising their families to watch what goes on in our nation’s capitol. People who read headlines, watch the blizzard of political TV ads, and suspect something is not right . . . but who don’t know exactly where the problem is or whether it can be fixed. How can it be that year after year, despite clear signs of some serious dangers inherent with our national farm (food) and energy policies, that Congress continues to direct the lion’s share of subsidies to older technologies that involve serious, long-term impacts? We have attempted to provide a non-partisan look at the root of this dysfunction — business-as-usual campaign finance in Washington D.C. where high-stake donors and lobbyists have daily access to powerful members of Congress caught in a desperate campaign treadmill. I hope that our film also helps viewers see that this seemingly overwhelming problem can be fixed when we find a new way of electing our leaders. We looked at one of many possible solutions to the problem that would be feasible if the political will were present.[Source]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics:

Politicians need votes, certainly, to win election and re-election, but they also need money. And while an individual’s vote carries an expectation that the candidate will look out for constituents’ interests if elected, a campaign contribution may carry an expectation that the money will get repaid in the form of favorable legislation, less stringent regulations, political appointments, government contracts or tax credits-to name a few forms of payback. So where is all this money coming from? Who’s giving it? Who’s getting it?

Read more about the answers to these questions. [Source]

Look up your elected officials to see who owns them.

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