A unique event with local connections and national significance will take place at the Water Street Music Hall on Sunday afternoon, 1/20/2013 from 1 PM – 4 PM. Move to Amend – Rochester, a local organization singly focused on adding an amendment to the US Constitution enabling the Congress to regulate money spent on elections, is hosting “Party for the People!”. This event, scheduled on the 3rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, promises to be an entertaining and educational blend of presentations, original music, skits, professional dance, and cross-party activism, a brew guaranteed to change local political discourse. Admission is free, donations will be accepted at the door. Here’s the lineup:
Sam Fedele, coordinator of Move to Amend – Rochester, welcomes attendees, sets context, and introduces performances.
Mel Braverman, Move to Amend – Rochester’s judge of judges, delivers the case against the ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.
Assembly Member Mark Johns describes the impact of big money on NYS democratic processes.
Warren Loeffler, local guitarist, singer, and songwriter, rocks original work, “Stop The Money!” http://youtu.be/BDUiavNRiqY
Mike Deming, local radio host and Tea Party Patriot, speaks on the banking industry.
“Death Panels” – “Not Ready for Plutocracy Players” demonstrate how corporations make our health care decisions.
Dr. Ted Brown and Sue Ladwig, UR professors and single-payer advocates, introduce their new book (The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History) and describe the role of big pharma & the insurance industry on health care legislation.
Emily Good, local environmental activist, “Speaks for the Earth.”
Bill McKibben, author and leader of global environmental organization 350.org, describes how big money influences environmental rules (via video).
Warren Loeffler performs “Mother Earth is Crying”, another original work. http://youtu.be/L3MyHtRbU_s
Warren Loeffler invokes the blues.
Ernest Jones locks down the connection between prison privatization, the “war on drugs”, and the disproportionate incarceration of young African Americans.
The “Not Ready for Plutocracy Players” lampoon the audacity of corporations asserting constitutional rights to avoid GMO labeling.
Dr. Ted Barnett, a local physician with deep expertise on the health benefits of a vegan diet, addresses the impact of corporate influence on our food supply.
The “Not Ready for Plutocracy Players” show how the influence of the military-industrial complex is the force driving the physical and psychological horrors of drone warfare.
Warren Loeffler performs the original work “Angel of Mercy.”
ACLU speaks to the domestic drone lobby & the constitutional questions raised by the prospect of domestic drone use.
“Armani Tweed”, a rock operette! BIODANCE, a local dance troupe led by the University of Rochester’s Missy Pfohl Smith, and Warren Loeffler, create a moving metaphor of the corporate stranglehold on DC.
American Jam: Amanda Ashley, a local singer, writer, pianist, and guitarist, and Warren Loeffler provide musical entertainment.
Please contact Sam Fedele for additional information.