SuperPacs v. SuperCitizens: an Inspire Seattle meeting on Nov 16

Hi everyone! Below is an invitation to our InspireSeattle Social on Saturday evening November 16th at 6:30PM at Bill and Emily Bradburd’s place. We have scored again and have a great speaker: Jim Street to discuss campaign finance reform and actions against Citizen’s United. SAVE THE DATE!

Remember – IT’S A POTLUCK!!

Come join us!


Invites YOU to join us at our Social Forum: Saturday, November 16th at 6:30PM.

Main discussion topic for this evening: SuperPacs v. SuperCitizens

A coalition of Washington State organizations is working together to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Citizens United (a 5-4 decision) along with a number of related cases have stripped from governments the power to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures by corporations, very wealthy individuals, and other special interests. We will discuss the coalition’s efforts to place an initiative on the ballot in 2014 that will urge Congress to submit to all states a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Forum agenda:

• Background on Citizens United v. FEC

• The explosion of special interest funding

• The need for a constitutional amendment

• The initiative

• What you can do

• Signature gatherer recruitment

Please join us for this important discussion!

Guest Speaker:

Jim Street:

Jim Street serves as a member of the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice, which provides advice to the Governor and State Legislature on Juvenile Justice Policy Reform, and as a board member of the The Defender Agency, a non-profit public defender agency in King County. His other current project is overturning Citizens United through constitutional amendment.

Previously, Jim served as Director of Reinvesting in Youth (RIY). Phase 1 of RIY was a regional partnership for juvenile justice and youth services reform led by the King County Juvenile Court, King County and the City of Seattle. Phase 2 was a regional partnership located at the Puget Sound Educational Services District and dedicated to the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to reduce school dropouts in King County and the State of Washington. From 1997- 2000 Jim was a King County Superior Court Judge including service in the criminal, civil and juvenile courts. From 1984-1995 Jim was a member of the Seattle City Council, including the last two years as its president. While a member of the City Council Jim was deeply involved in issues related to environmental sustainability, grassroots political democracy and the needs of at risk youth.

Come join us for what should be a very important and interesting evening!!!

About InspireSeattle:

InspireSeattle is a progressive network of Seattle-area people sharing ideas and supporting action. InspireSeattle’s vision is to create connection throughout our community and better community through activism. InspireSeattle’s mission is to provide a fun, supportive gathering for people who care deeply about our community, our country and our planet. We embrace progressive policies that improve our society and protect our environment. We discuss current issues, share ideas and activism efforts while striving to inspire additional action. Subscribe (or unsubscribe) to InspireSeattle by visiting

When: Saturday, November 16th at 6:30PM. Please try to be on time!!!

Where: Bill and Emily’s place, 1640 S. Lane St., Seattle WA 98144, 206-324-3232.

Google map:



1640 S Lane Street


(one block north of Dearborn, one block east of Rainier)

Entrance to 1640 S Lane Street
Park on 18th Ave S, between Lane and Weller Streets.
Access to the house is down the alley between Lane and Weller Streets, walking west towards Rainier Ave S. The alley dead ends at the house. Blue and steel siding. Metal steps to door…


It’s a potluck: so please help out and bring something to eat and to drink!

6:30 to 7:45: Social time! Eat, drink, relax, and catch up with some other local progressives

Formal discussion and guest speakers, 7:45 to 9:30

Other Announcements – got any?

Rules of Engagement!

1. So that everyone has a chance to participate, please keep your comments short

2. Raise one’s hand to ask a question in lieu of shouting out

3. Respect the points of views of others

4. No arguing of politics during the formal discussion – save that for afterwards!

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