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Progressive Action of the Quad Cities intends to help build a support network aimed at educating, engaging, and empowering citizens to work for the common good of all in our communities. Enjoy the information available on this site and thank you for visiting!

Quad Cities Coalition for Democracy Responds to SCOTUS decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC

On Wednesday, April 2014, local citizens held a press conference in protest of the SCOTUS decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC.  This response was part of a nation-wide action. More than 130 other events across the country are also planned, including rallies in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Waterloo in Iowa, and across the nation in many more cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Seattle.

The ruling says, among other things, that individuals can donate the maximum individual limit to an unlimited number of candidates; in other words, there is no aggregate cap on campaign donations made by individuals to candidates.

This ruling greatly expands the undue influence of wealthy individuals in our election process. As Supreme Court Justice Breyer stated in his dissenting opinion, “Today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

Senator John McCain, a long-time supporter of campaign finance laws, said in response to today’s decision, “”I am concerned that today’s ruling may represent the latest step in an effort by a majority of the Court to dismantle entirely the longstanding structure of campaign finance law erected to limit the undue influence of special interests on American politics. I predict that as a result of recent Court decisions, there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again.”

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Link to SCOTUS Decision:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-536_e1pf.pdf

LINK to Iowans For Democracy: http://ia4democracy.org/

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Healthcare “Die In” Rock Island March 11, 2010

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Everyone knows how important social media is to our organizing efforts. If you are on facebook, please like our page and share it with your friends!

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Twitter is a fast easy way to keep informed. Each tweet must fit within the 140 character limit. Kind of reminds me of making signs. Keeping it short and sweet results in a lot of information in a small space. It’s perfect for smartphones and many people prefer it over facebook for getting news.

Youtube

Progressive Action for the Common Good has its own youtube channel. We’ve just started this resource so if anyone has any contributions they’d like to add to the archive, send us submissions at qcprogressiveaction@gmail.com

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PACG Environmental Forum Regular Meeting

Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00pm
PACG Environmental Forum
PACG Environmental Forum Regular Meeting
Cobblestone Place – Community Room
1212 West 3rd St Davenport

The revitalized PACG Environmental Forum will meet this Wednesday evening to discuss a number of upcoming events and to plan our first action.

If you are aware of the enormous climate crisis that we as a world community now confront then PLEASE ACT!!!

JOIN US!!!

Bill Sherwood
amcclus406@msn.com

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After Action Report: Revitalized Environmental Forum Promises Action!

Wednesday, October 9th

Revitalized Environmental Forum Promises Action!

“On October 9th a group of veteran and newbie Environmental activists met to breathe new life into the PACG Environmental Forum and in doing so to give a home to anyone in the Quad Cities who believes that the time for talk is past and that we must ACT and be very visible on the issue of Climate Change.

The meeting began with participants viewing a 10 minute video on climate change, entitled “Final Hours” (available at http://lasthours.org/). The video was followed by a rich discussion on what was needed in the Quad Cities for the area to become a powerful center of advocacy for Climate Action.

The Great March for Climate Action was then discussed. The Great March is a massive undertaking organized by Ed Fallon of Des Moines. The plan is to organize and support 1,000 climate activists to march in a movable demonstration from Santa Monica California to Washington D.C. That group is scheduled to come through the Quad Cities on August 24th of 2014. They need our help! (Details at http://climatemarch.org/.) This is an unbelievable opportunity to put Climate Change front and center and we must not miss it.

Finally the group discussed the possibility of a memorial to Hurricane Sandy on the 29th of October. There were mixed feelings about the success of the idea; but, it was decided that a small group would pursue it to determine its viability.

Bill Sherwood
amcclus406@msn.com

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