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Four marches, two weeks, one goal: The NH Rebellion to #GetMoneyOut

Republished with permission from Occupy.com.

In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

King was well aware of the power of a march. The New Hampshire Rebellion is too.

What began last January as a walk by a handful of people turned into a statewide march involving over 200 – and included an international media campaign that reached over 3 million people, raising awareness about the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Then, taking that initial New Hampshire Rebellion momentum into a July 4th weekend march along the state’s coast, more than 500 people showed up. In the year since its founding, organizers of the New Hampshire Rebellion have proved not only that they don’t walk alone, but that they have no intention of turning back.… Read the rest

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Lawrence Lessig Asks, What The Hell Is A Lawyer For?


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If you’ve ever wondered, allow the freedom of information champion explain. Excerpted from his commencement speech at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, via Lessig Blog:

There is no one in the criminal justice system who believes that system works well. There is no one in housing law who believes this is what law was meant to be. The disputes of ordinary people. The law of real people doesn’t work, even if the law of corporations does.

John Marshall — whose name this law school borrows — was not among the framers of our constitution. But among those framers, there were businessmen, farmers, scientists, physicians and some lawyers. No one could doubt the progress that business has made in the 225 years since our constitution was drafted. That progress is extraordinary. Likewise, the drafters would certainly be in awe of the progress in farming too. We could, if we chose, feed every human on the planet, three times over.

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Lawrence Lessig: How to Get Our Democracy Back

Change CongressLawrence Lessig writes in the Nation:

Editors’ Note: We encourage readers moved by this essay to sign the Change Congress petition, a drive to enact solutions proposed in this article. Click here to sign. A video commentary by Professor Lessig can be viewed here.

We should remember what it felt like one year ago, as the ability to recall it emotionally will pass and it is an emotional memory as much as anything else. It was a moment rare in a democracy’s history. The feeling was palpable — to supporters and opponents alike — that something important had happened. America had elected, the young candidate promised, a transformational president. And wrapped in a campaign that had produced the biggest influx of new voters and small-dollar contributions in a generation, the claim seemed credible, almost intoxicating, and just in time.

Yet a year into the presidency of Barack Obama, it is already clear that this administration is an opportunity missed.

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