From Meghan Hassett, ConnPIRG Organizer.
WHAT: Community Discussion: Taking Democracy Back from Big Money!
This is a community discussion in our city on the issue of big money's influence in our political process and what can be done about it on the local and federal level, specifically solutions like small donor empowerment programs.
Now that Mayor Drew has won reelection by a strong margin, we have a great opportunity to strengthen representative democracy here and nationwide! It's time for Mayor Drew and the City Council to take bold action towards ensuring that the voices of Middletown people are heard in our political system, by making our city a leader in campaign finance reform.
Activists, media, elected officials, Wesleyan students and faculty, and Middletown residents are coming out to hear about the problem of big money’s influence in our democracy and solutions to amplify the voices of regular people.
A municipal-level small donor empowerment program in Middletown would allow candidates to run viable campaigns and focus on representing their constituents, and also would mean that regular people could feel like their voice matters in our political process. This event will bring the community together to hear about this issue and how we can create campaign finance reform legislation in Middletown.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 24th at 7PM
WHERE: deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington Street
SPEAKERS: State Representative Matt Lesser, ConnPIRG Organizer Meghan Hassett, more TBD!