Prop 49 Hearing Date Set for October 6th
The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v Padilla in San Francisco on Tuesday morning October 6 at 9am. The hearing will be in the Milton Marks Auditorium on the lower level of the court's 350 McAllister Street address. Details here.
There will be a rally to Restore 49 from 8am - 8:30. More information on the rally will follow in the coming days. We encourage all who would like to attend the rally and the hearing to start making arrangement now.
DOWNLOAD AND MAIL THE LETTER TO THE JUSTICES HERE
READ THE BRIEFS FILED WITH THE SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA
SHARE THE FLYER FOR THE OCTOBER 6TH RALLY
California’s Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act To Have Its Day in Court At Last.
When the California Supreme Court ordered the Secretary of State to remove Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act from last year’s November ballot, it did so without a hearing.
On September 3rd the Court announced that they will hear oral arguments in Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v Padilla on October 6th. The hearing will determine if Prop 49 will be restored to California’s November 2016 ballot.
Democracy advocates and activists have a rooting interest in this case and will not only be watching it closely, but will also be taking action in the coming weeks to highlight what’s at stake.
Do the people of California have a protected right to “instruct their representatives” as per the California Constitution, Article 1, sec. 3 (a), and does the California legislature have the right to engage in any and all activities it deems necessary to represent their constituents that are not expressly prohibited by the California Constitution?
These questions may seem abstruse or wonky, but they are at the core of what the Court must decide.
When tens of thousands of Californians lobbied their legislators last year to place The Overturn Citizens United Act on the ballot, they did so because they had no other formal means to voice their outrage at the corruption of their government by Big Money and their frustration at their government’s inability to enact common sense reforms on a whole host of issues about which most Americans agree, but which corporate and Big Money interests oppose.
If the California Supreme Court were to decide that the people have no right to speak and to instruct their representatives, the CA Court would not only become the first state High Court to do so, setting a dangerous precedent that could be used by other states to similarly silence their voters, but they would also be doing the US Supreme Court one better, doubling down on the absurd notion that money is the same thing as free speech.
The CA Supreme Court would not only be saying that the people cannot speak, they would be saying that Money is the only thing that can speak in California.
Let us hope the California Justices will exercise restraint and step away from that Orwellian abyss.
We Will Not Be Silenced!
Our next MOVI meeting will be Saturday September 19 from 12-2pm
Wilshire Police Station
4861 Venice Blvd
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE SB1272 COMMITTEE HEARING APRIL 22, 2014 WHERE WE TESTIFIED
Let's Go To The Movies!
Our partner film Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, which many of you had the opportunity to see at the 28th Amendment National Roadshow, is now available for purchase.
Please contact us at Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, to schedule a screening or event. The film features Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, John Nichols, Van Jones and many more.
Once you've seen the film, please also help get more people to see it by spreading the word (also think about rating or writing a review for it on your favorite movie sites when you see it there).
The film is an important tool for raising awareness about why we need to Overturn Citizens United!
Check out why Money in Politics affects every issue you care about with the
Money In Politics A To Z Guide from the Pay 2 Play team.