Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00pm
647 Fulton Street
Downtown Brooklyn (Open to the public)
BRIC, as part of its Brooklyn Independent Media initiative, will present Big Money & Politics, a live-broadcast, town hall-style discussion. The discussion, hosted by Brian Vines (Senior Producer, Brooklyn Independent Media), will examine the inequality created when wealth holds power to make policies that affect us all. Panelists will include Zephyr Teachout (Fordham University professor & former NY gubernatorial candidate), Letitia James (New York City Public Advocate), Al Vann (former NY State Assemblyman & City Councilman), Doug Henwood (journalist & author) and Ted Alexandro (comedian & political activist).
From candidates beholden to donors to elected officials tailoring legislation to please moneyed interests, political corruption is becoming so commonplace that it is hard for voters to feel they can make a difference. Ballots are cast and the elected official goes to work, but the system in place can make a vote seem inconsequential. Is there a way for the average citizen to have a say in a pay to play system? How do we approach changing the policies that pit community voice against big money?
WHAT: Big Money & Politics: Can Your Voice Count? – A community town hall.
WHO: BRIC and Brooklyn Independent Media
Moderator: Brian Vines (BRIC / Brooklyn Independent Media)