Are you concerned about the excess influence of money in our government? The billions that SuperPACs are spending to influence elections? Legislators voting to suit donors instead of the American people — the 99 percent? What about the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans — us? How can we hope to have any effect on social justice issues with big money controlling their outcome?
Over the past few years, the Peace & Justice Committee has been educating the congregation about money in politics — how this issue has developed, and what we can do to get money out of politics and restore our democracy.
In 2013, the Peace and Justice Committee sponsored a proposal for a congregational stand on reducing the corrupting influence of money in our democracy. The congregation passed this stand at a special meeting in 2014, and the Peace & Justice Committee now leads efforts that help EUUC carry out this important work.
In the spring of 2015, Reverend Eric Kaminetzky challenged everyone in the congregation to collect at least 5 signatures from friends and neighbors to help qualify Initiative 735 for the ballot. The response was phenomenal — over 2000 signatures from nearly every member, and many regular visitors! This initiative urges Washington's Congressional delegation to propose amending the U.S. Constitution to clarify that Constitutional rights apply to natural persons not corporations, that spending money is not free speech under the First Amendment, and to authorize greater regulation of political contributions and expenditures.
Initiative 735 was certified in January 2016, and we will continue to work on passing this initiative on the fall ballot.
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