Five Things You Can Do . . .
1. HELP OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED
Join the national movement to help overturn the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC (2010), which stated that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to support (or trash) specific candidates. Nineteen states are already on board for amending the U.S. Constitution to proclaim that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech. Let’s bring Wisconsin on board.
Contact your legislators and urge them to support 2017 Senate Joint Resolution 54/Assembly Joint Resolution 53, calling for such a statewide referendum. Read more here.
And urge your community to pass a resolution in favor of this constitutional amendment, as more than 110 communities in Wisconsin have already done. Read more about these local efforts here.
2. SUPPORT NONPARTISAN REDISTRICTING FOR WISCONSIN
Contact and tell your legislators to champion 2017 Senate Bill 13/ Assembly Bill 44, establishing the Iowa-model of fair, nonpartisan and transparent mapping of electoral districts. Read more on the bill here and sign the petition.
Sign and download the petition here.
3. SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN INTEGRITY PACKAGE
Contact and tell your legislators to urge them to support the meaningful campaign finance reform bills that State Senators Chris Larson and Jon Erpenbach have introduced, which would ban corporations from donating to political parties, reduce by half the total amount of money individuals may contribute to candidates, and force dark money groups to disclose who their donors are.
4. MAKE IT EASIER, NOT HARDER, TO VOTE
Contact and tell your legislators to expand the franchise rather than making it harder for people to vote. Urge them to repeal Walker’s Voter ID law. Urge them to adopt automatic voter registration. Ten states and the District of Colombia already have this: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Any citizen who gets a driver’s license, for instance, is automatically put on the voting rolls.
5. REENFRANCHISE FELONS
Contact and tell your legislators to end the disenfranchisement of felons and former felons. In two states (Maine and Vermont), people behind bars can vote today. But in many states, like Wisconsin, people can’t vote even after they are let out of jail or prison – not until they are totally “off paper,” which means they no longer are on probation, parole, or supervision. This has disenfranchised more than 60,000 people in Wisconsin.
See more here.