Tag Archives: Democracy Matters

Dan Drew and Mike Williams on Money and Campaigns

From Olivia Horton ’14:

Come hear Dan Drew (candidate for Mayor of Middletown) and Mike Williams (candidate for the 5th Connecticut Congressional District) speak about the role of money in politics and their experiences on the campaign trail.

Free dessert will be provided!

Sponsored by Democracy Matters, a non-partisan group dedicated to campaign finance reform and political accountability.

Date: Oct. 11
Time: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: PAC 002
Cost: Free!

Cheri Honkala Talk

If anyone is to change your attitude about the Green Party, surely Cheri Honkala is the woman to do it. Though mention of the the Greens may elicit mixed emotions from many of you–whether bitterness (see: 8 years of my childhood), jubilation, or some combination of the two–Honkala is a woman of her own making. An activist not by choice, but by circumstance, she began her legacy of civil disobedience as a homeless 16-year-old single mother in Minneapolis, squatting in an abandoned HUD house.

She is now the first-ever female candidate for Sheriff in Philadelphia, with a platform that includes a commitment to never evict anyone from his/her home, form community land trusts, and just generally be a badass (additional policies on her website). An avowed advocate of “economic human rights,” Honkala will be speaking at 200 Church tomorrow about “her life, her activism, poverty and homelessness, independent politics, and so on.”

The talk is cosponsored by the Environmental Organizers Network, the Wesleyan Government Department, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, and Democracy Matters.

See the Facebook event here.

Date: Monday, Oct. 3
Time: 5 PM
Place: 200 Church
Cost: Free

Film Screening: The Garden

Democracy Matters and WesFresh present The Garden, a 2009 Oscar-nominated film.

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers.

  • Date: TOMORROW, April 277
  • Time: 8:15PM
  • Place: Judd 116

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook if you would like to.

Support the Fair Elections Now Act

From Wesleyan Democracy Matters:

With nearly $2 billion spent by House and Senate candidates, the 2010 midterm elections were easily the most expensive midterm elections in U.S. history. When a Senator, on average, spends 1/3 of his or her time fund-raising, we can’t be surprised nothing gets done.

The Fair Elections Now Act (FENA) would allow candidates to reject the status quo which necessitates donations from mostly old white men. Through a combination of small donation under $100 and public financing, candidates can be financially competitive without prostituting themselves to corporations.

Comprehensive election reform has never had a better chance of passing. Now is the time to act!

Please take 60 seconds and sign the Wesleyan Democracy Matters petition in support of the Fair Elections Now Act.

For more information about FENA, click here.

This Week: Voter Registration in Middletown’s North End

Starting tomorrow afternoon, Wesleyan students will have the opportunity to spend three days registering voters in the North End, “Middletown’s last truly urban residential neighborhood” right across Washington Street. The effort will be a partnership between two local grassroots organizations, Middletown’s North End Action Team (NEAT) and Wesleyan’s chapter of the non-partisan student organization Democracy Matters. This event gives Wesleyan students the opportunity to become engaged as community partners to North End residents, as well as an opportunity to work with and get to know local Middletown High School students.

Interested students should meet up with the NEAT organizers who will operate tables in Usdan 3-5pm on the afternoons of Tuesday-Thursday, October 14-16. There you will be given voter registration materials, instructions, and walking directions to certain locations in the North End, which is only a few minutes off campus. We will be canvassing several bus stop locations in the North End alongside the members of the Teen Dreams Society, a group of Middletown High School students interested in community engagement.

Thanks to this event and the efforts of the Teen Dreams Society, North End residents will have the opportunity to participate in the most important election of our lifetimes. All Wes students looking to get engaged in the community are encouraged to attend, even if just for a few hours. Go individually or in groups!

What: Register North End Residents to Vote
Who: Wes Students, Democracy Matters, NEAT, Teen Dreams Society
Where: Get started in Usdan
When: Any time between 3pm-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday, this week

Please contact Saul Carlin of Democracy Matters with questions by e-mailing scarlin at wes.

Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Help Tonight


There will be a voter registration drive in Usdan tonight hosted by Democracy Matters. Stop by during dinner if you still need to register to vote in Connecticut or if you need assistance getting an absentee ballot. It is strongly recommended that you take advantage of this opportunity to be guided through this complicated process, which differs from state to state.

Democracy Matters will even turn your voter registration form to the Middletown Registrar of Voters – all you need to do is fill it out, and remember to bring the last 4 digits of your SSN.

If you are interested in electoral reform, whether it’s same-day voter registration, campaign finance, absentee or primary reform, feel free to stop by Usdan 136 at 8pm tonight for the weekly meeting of Democracy Matters. Questions can be emailed to scarlin@wes.

Democracy Matters: hand ’em out

Democracy Matters would like you to print this small flier and hand it out to people around Middletown. Just in time for the primaries! Andrew Dermont ’09 writes:

We’re urging all Wesleyan students to pick up these flyers around campus and pass them along to anyone around Middletown.