CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT…IDEA OF THE MONTH…QUOTE OF THE MONTH…FLORIDA DEMOCRACY MATTERS…MONEY ON MY MIND…THE MAYOR…FACTS YOU CAN USE…
Democracy Matters at the State University of New York at Binghamton is in its ninth year and still going strong. This year’s record number of DMers are emphasizing the link between money in politics and the environment. Their solar initiative campaign will pressure Governor Cuomo and the NY legislature to prioritize renewable energy over fossil fuels in the state. In addition, DM at Binghamton is actively registering students to vote, and collecting signatures for a “Restore Democracy” petition to send to elected officials. A debate on campaign finance reform, and a “Redefining Democracy” panel discussion are also being planned. GO BINGHAMTON!
IDEA OF THE MONTH – Money in Politics is SCARY!!
DMers get creative to celebrate Halloween and spread the word.
- Handmade Halloween “money in politics” cards sent to elected representatives.
- Tabling with Halloween-themed petitions calling for an end to big money in politics.
- Tabling with white boards, asking students to write “What’s most frightening to you about money in politics?”
- “Potty Politics” Halloween edition, hanging one-page info with cartoons in bathroom stalls.
- Poster campaign with Halloween-themed posters about money in politics.
- Dress up as billionaires and fat cats and put on an improv skit handing out money to politicians.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
A full page editorial is unusual in the New York Times. But the paper made an exception for “President Trump’s War On Science.”
Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, and EPA head, Scott Pruitt, were both called out for their “ideological and historical financial ties to the fossil fuel industry.”
FLORIDA DEMOCRACY MATTERS
Special commendation goes to our DM chapters in Florida for building their chapters even as they recover from the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. Campus leaders Brianna Hernandez (University of Miami), Mary Stevens (New College), and Bianka Ramirez (University of Florida) are all doing a fabulous job. They plan to highlight the decisive role that political money plays in politicians’ denial of climate change, even in the face of the recent hurricane disasters.
“It turns out it’s super easy to run for local office,” says a young African American rapper. And then he wins. This funny new show tells the story of how he “raps because he critiques the status quo. And now he has a chance to change it!” Can politics actually be engaging and serve a poor community? Our allies at Every Voice have created a campaign at www.ifIwasthemayor.com, where you can weigh in on what you would do if you were…
FACTS YOU CAN USE: ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM
While the danger from environmental pollution affects all of us, it affects some more than others. Studies have shown that low-income people and people of color suffer the most from the policies that enable pollution and other harm to the environment.
Van R. Newkirk II, of The New Yorker and The Atlantic magazines, cites just a few facts:
- People of color make up more than half of those living close to hazardous waste sites.
- Floodplains throughout the country have high populations of poor, black and Latino people.
- Black children are twice as likely to suffer from lead poisoning as are white children.
- People of color are more likely to die from environmental causes than are whites.
Millions of dollars flooding the political system from those who profit from environmental damage greatly exacerbate environmental racism. The Trump Administration and Congress’s refusal to implement policies to protect vulnerable people from environmental catastrophe is just one more example of the harmful power of big money in politics.
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