Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Olympic College, Bremer Student Center
1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton, Washington
A series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings have established corporations as persons and equated money with speech. The Supreme Court, Corporations and You is an educational forum about the development of corporations' rights and privileges; the local and national impacts of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision; and the grassroots response. Four speakers will consider the subject followed by Q & A and discussion.
Mr. Michael Stowell, a local attorney, will present the history of legal and constitutional rights of corporations, how it has been shaped by the influence of moneyed interests, the political nature of legal decision making.
Congressman Derek Kilmer, U.S. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district, will describe what he has observed in Washington D.C. and what that means for the future of the democratic process.
Mr. David Nelson, editor of the Kitsap Sun, will speak about what he has seen locally in recent political races and the ramifications for the future.
Dr. Fran Korten, publisher of Yes! Magazine, will speak about movements to rid elections of the influences of big money and corporations, including the WAmend ballot initiative (I-1329), which calls for a constitutional amendment.
This program is presented by the Social Justice Committee of the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.