WV Citizen Action Group
Action Alert

January 18, 2012
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"Demonstration For Democracy"

WV Citizen Action Group, League of Women Voters of WV, AFL-CIO, Communications Workers Local 2001, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Seneca2 will join with other local and national organizations for a rally and day of events in front of the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse on Friday, January 20 from 11:30-5:00pm.  The event is to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision, which allows corporations to donate unlimited amounts of funds to Political Action Committee's (PAC's).  This Charleston event is one of more than 250 being held across the nation on Friday. 

The rally will run from 11:30 -- 1:00pm in front of the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse; at noon there will be a street theatre performance "Tutoring the Supremes."  Events will continue until 5:00pm and will include a vigil, march and drumming.  Organizers have also scheduled meetings with Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Jay Rockefeller and  Representative Shelley Moore Capito, results of those meetings will be made public as they become available throughout the day.

Also on Friday, Occupy Martinsburg will hold similar events across the street from the Federal Courthouse at 217 W. King St., Martinsburg from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Organizers of the event say, "the Citizens United decision makes a mockery of our electoral process as the voice of the people is drowned out by corporate wealth.  The 99% majority cannot compete with the 1% corporate elite, who control most wealth, for the attention of our elected officials, and thus ‘We the people’ no longer control our own government."

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"Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan"

Seneca2 will host a reception for the "Windows and Mirrors" collection of war images as they are hosted in the Della Brown Taylor Hardman Art Gallery, in Davis Hall at West Virginia State University.  Following the reception, Dr. Chuck Smith will give a key note lecture and discussion, "Social and Political Power of Visual Art." The event is free and open to the public.  

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