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Voting Rights and Campaign Reform

Friday, October 11, 2013 7 Cheshvan 5774

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Special pre-election program with Justice Gary Stein, who served for more than 17 years on the NJ Supreme Court, and Frank Deale, Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law. The two speakers – father of congregant Jill Stein and spouse of congregant Ruth Lowenkron, respectively – will  address much-needed election reform.
 
Justice Stein will introduce his proposal for changing campaign financing laws. In a well-functioning democracy, most elections for public office would be determined by the quality of the competing candidates, not by the amount of money the candidates can raise. The United States' system of campaign finance regulation worked reasonably well for the past 35 years, but the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision – which held that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts to support and oppose candidates – threatens to destabilize our elective process. Will Congress have the will and the courage to repair the damage done by the Supreme Court?
 
Professor Deale will speak on “Race and the Electoral Process,” focusing on the historic interactions of people's movements, the Supreme Court, and Congress in protecting -- and not protecting -- voting rights in the United States.
 
This promises to be an exciting election program that you won’t want to miss!

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