You are likely aware of the incredible influence the Koch brothers (Charles and David) are having on US politics. Their combined wealth is over 70 billion dollars which is more than the wealth of any other individual in the U..S. They have used their money to very strongly influence politics in this country through the cover of organizations such as Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners which in turn contribute large sums of money to conservative groups such as the Tea Party. The Koch brothers with their enormous wealth are part of an ever increasing takeover of the US democracy by private and corporate wealth and influence.
The documentary titled Citizen Koch was selected for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is a must see on what is happening, the challenges ahead and what We the People can do to fight back. See the trailer at http://www.citizenkoch.com/page/content/trailer. PBS had initially agreed to screen the film around the country but as the Koch brothers are a contributor to PBS, they backed out of the agreement, showing that their influence even affects public owned media. Screenings of the film can only happen through local citizen initiatives. The closest screenings to Brattleboro at this time are in Boston and Hartford. If there is a proactive organization in Brattleboro that is willing to work on this, a screening can be held at the Latchis theater. It simply involves a community organization or individual's effort to pre sell enough tickets in advance. If you are interested in helping with this effort, visit http://www.citizenkoch.com/pages/host-a-screening for details of what has to be done.
Corporate influence in politics is THE issue of our time. There is no greater negative impact on the environment, health, education, and the future for our children, the U.S. and even the planet. Let's step out of our comfort zones and come together for change.
- James Beighle