Last night, dozens of activists joined an online conversation with Public Citizen, hosted by me and my colleague Kelly Ngo.

If you missed the conversation, don’t worry – we hope this will be the first of many online talks. And you can watch a recording of last night’s broadcast here:

During the conversation, we discussed what makes Public Citizen unique among advocacy organizations, the issue priorities of our Congress Watch division, and the process of passing the STOCK Act as a case study in how grassroots activism works in tandem with our lobbying efforts in Washington. We also answered a number of questions posed to us by activists.

Why host these online conversations? Because we are excited to educate grassroots activists like you all over the country about our organization and the issues that we work on, and to prepare you to participate locally in actions that will help sway members of Congress to embrace reforms that benefit the public interest.

The next live online conversation will be held during the week of July 14 (exact time and date to be announced soon).

To let us know you’re interested in joining the next online conversation, sign up here.

Rick Claypool is online director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. Follow him on Twitter at @RickClaypool.


  • freefall

    How is any change possible when members of the same body use words whose meaning has been changed by spin? The importance of the message that was hammered into the public through the controlled media during the 9/11 drama is becoming clearly apparent. “The world will never be the same” they said, “everything changed” they echoed ad nauseum. And now we see what they meant as good sense becomes non-sense. As reason gives way to ridiculousness. As logic is turned on its head. The definition of common words are bastardized to the point that the pinnacle of our justice system delivers the death knell to democracy and we watch as our law makers gaze helplessly into the netherworld half in support and half in impotent stupor. The notion that money is speech or that corporations are people is so completely and utterly absurd on its’ face cannot even be argued by intelligent people. Looked at from a criminal perspective as a method of control it begins to make sense. So now the politicians have created a lexicon of hogwash so completely nebulous that regardless what they say it can be used to justify their pact with the devil as they strip every last vestige of what being an American use to mean. While we sink into the abyss of corporate scum all we can hope for from our elected leaders is their empty stare as the only life sustaining place in the universe becomes the graveyard for humanity because of the outrageous greed of the outrageously wealthy and their dedicated loyal whores who sold out their friends and neighbors for the almighty dollar. While those on the bench evidently think they are God, the wealthy and those that aid and abet them better pray that there isn’t one because the evil and treachery is easy to see.

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