On Thursday, July 30, Ron Fein joined the Tim Danahey radio show to discuss our amicus brief in the case, International Franchise Association v. Seattle. In this interview, Fein discusses the era of corporate personhood, the Fourteenth Amendment, and how the International Franchise Association is claiming access and protection by this amendment. Stream the interview after the jump. More
Today, our friends Pay 2 Play launched a new campaign, Money in Politics A to Z . Over the course of a month, a new letter will be released each day that corresponds to an issue in which big money in politics directly relates to. We found a few letters that relate to our own initiatives, which we will launch later next month.
Free Speech For People, Courage Campaign, Equal Justice Society and Western Center on Law and Poverty, filed an amicus brief supporting the City of Los Angeles and its new hotel worker “living wage” ordinance against an Equal Protection Clause challenge from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. More
Last weekend, Free Speech For People traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for the 8th annual Netroots Nation conference, featuring a keynote from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Democrat Presidential candidates, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Bernie Sanders, were also in attendance for a townhall style panel hosted by Antonio Vargas. More
In 2010, a disastrous coal mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch facility claimed the lives of twenty-nine miners. An independent report investigating the blast found Massey Energy directly responsible for its neglect. Massey’s parent corporation agreed to criminal and civil penalties, but such recklessness deserves harsher penalties than a fine or a slap on the wrist. More
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the plaintiffs to respond to a petition to rehear an earlier decision that threatened Montana’s campaign contribution limits. Free Speech For People had filed an amicus brief urging the court to rehear this case, and we’re pleased that the court has taken this step. More
We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our Free Speech For People staff, Aspen Webster. Aspen joins us as the new Administrative and Development Assistant in our Austin, Texas office. More