For decades, people of conscience have pushed Congress to enact laws that constrain corporate power and behavior, and ease the violence that accompanies unfettered capitalism. Now these protections are rapidly being dismantled. Speakers will describe how trade agreements, corporate influence on the judicial system including the Supreme Court (also called “the Corporate Court”), activities of the American Legislative Exchange Council (where corporations have “a voice and a vote” on proposed state legislation), and other factors are rolling back decades of progress. Speakers will also discuss ways we can push back, restore needed protections, and strengthen our democracy.
- Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics
- Brendan Fischer, General Counsel, Center for Media and Democracy, and ALEC Exposed
- Michelle Schwartz, Director of Justice Programs, Alliance for Justice