Friday, June 28, 2013


The Human Chain Against the chained CPI

July 2, 2013 @ 3 p.m.

Join the Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans and the
Connecticut AFL-CIO  in a National Day of Action to elevate
our voices in the battle to protect and enhance retirement security. 
We will join together in front of the Robert Giamo Federal Building
 in New Haven to form a Human Chain against the Chained CPI.

The Chained CPI is a Social Security benefit cut that will take
thousands of dollars out of the pockets of seniors.  Join us on July 2nd
and tell Congress we oppose any cuts to Social Security!

Where: Federal Building, 
150 Court St. New Haven, CT
(corner of Orange St and Court St)
What: National Day of Action to
 oppose cuts to Social Security

When: Tuesday, July 2 at 3:00pm

Contact:  Mary Elia at
      or (203) 500-6089
Posted by T. Connolly

Friday, June 14, 2013


Even the best of us make mistakes -- and public television just made a big one.

Because they were afraid of upsetting Tea Party billionaire and PBS donor David Koch, public television pulled funding for a documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers on the corrosive role of money in politics. That means millions of PBS viewers won't have the chance to see the film Citizen Koch. David Koch's enormous wealth -- and $23 million in donations to public television as a board member of local PBS stations -- shouldn't give him the power to suppress programming that serves the public good.

Sign our petition: Koch money shouldn't influence public television programming -- we want to see Citizen Koch aired on PBS. 

We're huge fans of public television, and I bet you are too. That's why we want to see it live up to its founding principles of serving the public interest -- not the private interests of wealthy donors like the Kochs. Citizen Koch's exploration of money in politics is exactly the type of debate that public television was started to help foster. But instead, big money has prevented the discussion from even starting.

What makes it even scarier is that right now the Koch brothers are attempting to buy the second-largest newspaper chain in America. Imagine how much more news they could censor and distort if the Kochs owned papers like theLos Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

We hope that someday public broadcasting receives enough public funding so it won't be in the position of needing to take money from unsavory and ideological donors like the Koch brothers. Until then, we need to make sure these donations aren't having an outsize influence.

Add your name: Public television should stop the self-censorship and air the documentary Citizen Koch

Thanks for your help, and we'll keep you posted,
Erica Sagrans
Working Families

PS: You can watch the trailer for Citizen Koch here.
Sources:1. "A word from our sponsor," New Yorker, 5/27/20132. "L.A. Times Suitor Charles Koch Confirms Interest in Acquiring Newspapers," Hollywood Reporter, 6/5/2013 
Posted by Tom Connolly - From The Working Families Party