Corrosive Influence of Big Money

The Corrosive & Corrupting Influence of Big Money

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. The money powers preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me & the financial institutions at the rear, the latter is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.”

-Abraham Lincoln, letter to William Elkins, Nov 21, 1864 (after the passage of the debt causing National Bank Act [June 3, 1864])

Citizens United/ Corporate Personhood

Occupy Natick has been working with Move to Amend and Common Cause of Massachusetts to repeal Citizens United, the ill-conceived 2010 Supreme Court decision that has flooded the election of 2012 with unlimited Big and Dark Money. To that end, the working group composed a resolution that Betsy, a member of this committee, successfully presented before the April, 2012 Natick Town Meeting.

We the People- fragment of the US Constitution

A non-binding Constitutional Amendment to repeal Citizens United appeared on the ballot in 175 Massachusetts towns, including Natick and Sherborn, and was recently passed by an overwhelming majority in all towns.  Massachusetts thus sent a clear message to our representatives on the local, state and ultimately federal level that we are tired of our voices being drowned out by Big, Dark Money.  The work goes on.

May Free Movie: Taking Root

May Free Movie: Taking Root

The Vision of Wangari Maathai Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. What: Free movie and discussion:… Read more

February Free Movie: Prescription Thugs

February Free Movie: Prescription Thugs

Please join us for a screening of the documentary film, Prescription Thugs, a personal/cultural look at the opiate crisis in America: the major players and the devastation, as 59,000 Americans die annually from painkiller overdose.   What: Free Screening of Prescription Thugs When: Monday, February 19th, 7-9pm Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s), side rear entrance… Read more

October Free Movie: PRICELE$$

October Free Movie: PRICELE$$

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.… Read more

September Free Movie: Merchants of Doubt

September Free Movie: Merchants of Doubt

Spin Meisters Shape Policy through Lies, Disinformation,  Propaganda & the Power of Doubt What: Screening of Award-Winning Documentary, Merchants of Doubt (Watch trailer below) When: Monday, September 21st from 7-9pm Where: Common Street Spiritual Center,  13 Common St., Natick, MA (PLEASE NOTE: change of venue and see map below) Who: Sponsored by Occupy Natick What… Read more

Free Movie Night: Monday, May 18th: Cowspiracy: A Conspiracy of Silence

Free Movie Night: Monday, May 18th: Cowspiracy: A Conspiracy of Silence

Greenhouse gases from livestock commoditization are a major unsung and covered up cause of Global Warming. It stems from the insatiable human appetites for meat, profit and dominion over Nature. And almost no one is talking about it.
Silence about the Meat-Industrial Complex is fueling our ignorance and denial. Besides the almost unfathomable pain and suffering that is inflicted upon these “animal-commodities” there is the disastrous impact on our environment. Read more

January Free Movie Night: Four Horsemen

January Free Movie Night: Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen Are Coming What are the Four Horsemen? The modern Four Horsemen this film represents are: Our crooked and rapacious financial system Escalating organized violence Abject poverty for billions of humanity Exhaustion of earth’s resources leading to ecological catastophe When: Monday, January 19th, 2015 from 7-9pm What: Free screening of the documentary film,… Read more

Machiavelli and Oligarchic Democracy

By Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout | Op-Ed Machiavelli wrote that when we are trying to understand politics and the history of human societies, much can be explained in terms of the eternal conflict between two fundamental desires. One is the desire of the grandi – that is, the super-rich and the super-powerful… Read more

Rolling Jubilee/Strike Debt Strikes Again. This Time on Student Debt

by Liz Pleasant, Christa Hillstrom, James Trimarco posted Sep 17, 2014 Nathan Hornes was sitting on the couch watching Maury when he saw the ad for Everest College. Owned by the for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Everest commercials are known to target low-income people, promising a flexible education and, through it, jobs that earn… Read more

Happy Birthday, Occupy Wall Street. 3 years old.

There is an excellent article by filmmaker and activist, John Wellington Ennis, in the Huffington Post commemorating the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Here are some snippets. You can read the whole article here. This week marks the third anniversary of protesters descending on Wall Street to protest the havoc wrought by the… Read more

Money Out of Politics: Support the PassMass Amendment for Constitutional Change

Return Our Democracy to the People Occupy Natick supports a ballot initiative for Massachusets to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to declare that ‘Corporations are not People, Money is not Speech’”..  We encourage you to get on board to help push this through.  There is lots of work to do to overcome the forces of the… Read more