Upcoming Events

Citizen Uprising: Reclaiming Our Democracy from Corporate Donors

Saturday, September 9 at 1 PM – 3 PM

Teton County Public Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson, WY

UW Law Professor Ken Chestek will present Citizen Uprising: How Big Corporate Money is Stealing Our Democracy (And What We Can Do About It). The program will describe how the problem has become more acute since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and will conclude by describing efforts in Wyoming and around the country to resolve the issue through a Constitutional amendment. The program is free and open to the public.

Laramie County Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm,

Laramie County Public Library, Windflower Room

Are you tired of politicians voting the way their rich donors and corporations want them to vote? Are you looking for a way to help get dark money out of politics? A citizen-led effort to put that issue on the Wyoming ballot in November 2018 is now underway, and we need help in gathering signatures on official petitions. Come to this organizational meeting to learn how you can join this important statewide effort!

Natrona County Organizational Meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 – 8:30 pm,

Casper UU: Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper

1040 W 15th St, Casper, Wyoming 82604

If you want to get dark money out of politics and are interested in signing or circulating petitions for our Free and Fair Elections citizens’ initiative, please attend this event to join the effort! We will be discussing ways to assist our effort to get this initiative on the November 2018 general election ballot.

Citizen Uprising: How Big Money is Stealing Our Democracy

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm,
Sheridan County Library System
335 W Alger St, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801

Do members of Congress truly represent the views of their constituents today? Or are they more likely to listen to the wishes of the large corporations and wealthy donors who provide most of the funding for their re-election campaigns?

A group of Wyoming citizens is sponsoring an effort to put on the November 2018 general election ballot a measure calling for an Amendment to the United States Constitution that would effectively overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision and enable us to enact true campaign finance reform. UW law professor Ken Chestek will explain the nature of the problem, why a Constitutional amendment is a necessary prerequisite to any reform, and explain the efforts now underway in Wyoming and in other states. You can sign the official petition calling for the amendment at the end of the meeting if you like!

Forum: The Influence of Money in Politics

Tuesday, July 18, 6 PM – 8 PM, Cheyenne Library in Cottonwood Room

Join us to discuss how dark money influences our elections and stifles our democratic process, and how the “Free and Fair Elections” ballot initiative can make Wyoming a big part of the solution. Cross-partisan panelists include:

Dan Zwonitzer, Representative Wyoming House District 43
James Byrd, Representative Wyoming House District 44
Ken Chestek, Wyoming Promise organizer
Matthew Porras, WolfPAC organizer for Laramie County
Shelby Shadwell, Wyoming Promise Organizer
Hosted by Wyoming Progressives Non – Partisan WPNP

Wyoming Promise Albany County Organizational Meeting

Monday, June 19 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1402 E Gibbon St, Laramie, Wyoming 82072

If you want to assist the Albany County effort to collect signatures in support of our Free and Fair Elections initiative (an effort to get dark money out of politics), join us to learn more about what we need to do and to volunteer for whatever task or role you would like.

Two Events: Reclaiming Democracy in Wyoming!

Wednesday, June 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Park County Public Library, Cody, WY
1500 Heart Mountain St, Cody, Wyoming 82414

AND

Friday, June 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Mountain View Clubhouse, Road 19 and Lane 11, Powell, WY

Do you think politicians listen more to their wealthy donors than to ordinary voters? If so, come find out more about why the problem exists, and what you can do about it. Wyoming Promise is now gathering signatures to put a measure on the ballot for November 2018 that will call for a Constitutional amendment that would open the door to meaningful campaign finance reform. You can sign our petition at the meeting, or volunteer to help gather more signatures.

Wyoming Promise Chair Ken Chestek and Vice Chair Lynn Horton Morrison will be speaking.

Help us get dark money out of politics!

5/18: Citizen Uprising: How Big Corporate Money is Stealing Our Democracy (And What We Can Do About It).

Jackson, WY – Do members of Congress truly represent the views of their constituents today? Or are they more likely to listen to the wishes of the large corporations and wealthy donors who provide most of the funding for their re-election campaigns?

A recently-formed citizens group called Wyoming Promise fears that corporate and special interests have captured Congress and other legislative bodies through large campaign contributions, and wants to do something about it. It is hoping to get a citizens’ initiative placed on the November 2018 ballot so that Wyoming citizens can stand up and call for an amendment to the United States Constitution declaring that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

“This is the defining issue of our time,” says Ken Chestek, a University of Wyoming law professor and chairman of the group. “I think of this as Issue Zero. There are many things we need to fix in our politics, but you can’t fix any of them until you fix the problem of money in politics first.”

Chestek and Wyoming Promise Treasurer Shelby Shadwell will be in Jackson at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the [Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center, 5655 Main St., Wilson, WY] to present Citizen Uprising: How Big Corporate Money is Stealing Our Democracy (And What We Can Do About It). The program will describe how the problem has become more acute since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and will conclude by describing efforts in Wyoming and around the country to resolve the issue through a Constitutional amendment.

To date, 18 states have enacted measures calling on Congress to propose an amendment overturning Citizens United. Both Colorado and Montana passed ballot measures in 2012 by wide margins (nearly 75% in favor), calling for that amendment. Citizens groups in least five states, including Wyoming, are now organizing initiative drives to push that number even higher. And several states, including Nevada, are close to making a similar call through legislative resolutions.

Chestek and Shadwell will provide an update as to the efforts statewide in Wyoming to get this measure on  the ballot in November 2018. The program is free and open to the public.

Where: Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center
                 5655 Main St.
                Wilson, Wyoming, WY 
When: 7 p.m. 

5/13: Taking Our Democracy Back Information Session

Corporations are not people, and should not be allowed to co-opt our democratic processes! Come hear University of Wyoming law professor Ken Chestek describe the nature of the problem, and efforts in Wyoming and nationwide to reverse Citizens United through an amendment to the United States Constitution. You can join this fight immediately, as we begin our statewide petition drive to put this issue on the ballot in Wyoming in 2018!
Where: Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper
                 1040 W 15th St
                Casper, Wyoming, WY 82604
When: 7-8:30 p.m.