Sheldon Silver. Michael Grimm. It seems as if every time you check your news feed there’s another New York politician being accused of political corruption. And those are just the accusations of the illegal influence of money on politics. When the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that private corporations and unions were permitted by the Constitution to advertise for or against political candidates, the door to corporate influence on politics was thrown wide open.
In this climate, does your vote even matter? Will your voice be heard?
On Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., BRIC is bringing together politicians, writers, and activists for the latest event in their town hall series, Big Money and Politics: Can Your Voice Count? The free event, to be broadcast live by Brooklyn Independent Media from the BRIC House Ballroom, will “take a look at the inequality created when wealth holds the power to make policies that affect us all.”
The panelists include Letitia James (Public Advocate for New York City), Zephyr Teachout (Fordham law professor and former NY gubernatorial candidate), Dick Dadey (executive director of Citizens Union), Al Vann (former NY State Assemblyman and City Councilman), Doug Henwood (economic journalist and author), and Ted Alexandro (comedian and political activist). The panel will be moderated by Brian Vines of Brooklyn Independent Media.
Seating for the event is first-come, first-served. You can submit questions to the panelists through social media using the hashtag #BHeard.