Big Party Conventions Vapid, Pointless
COMMON CAUSE TO CO-CONVENE SHADOW CONVENTIONS 2000: EFFORT TO SPOTLIGHT ISSUES NEGLECTED AT MAJOR PARTIES' CONVENTIONS
Common Cause has thrown up its hands in frustration over the emptiness of the major political party conventions, and will be creating an interesting program of its own. Here is the news announcement.
Common Cause has teamed up with a diverse coalition of people and groups in convening Shadow Conventions in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, alongside the Republican and Democratic party conventions in those cities. The Shadow Conventions, a "citizens' intervention in American politics," will spotlight issues that will go undiscussed or underdiscussed at the official conventions.
Held in Philadelphia and Los Angeles parallel to the party conventions, the Shadow Conventions will focus on three issues - campaign finance reform, poverty and the wealth gap, and the failed war on drugs - that are being ignored at both party's events, and will bring together some of the nation's leading thinkers on these issues.
The Shadow Conventions are being convened by Common Cause President Scott Harshbarger, Ellen Miller of Public Campaign, Jim Wallis of Call to Renewal, Ethan Nadelmann of The Lindesmith Center, Deepak Bhargava of the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, Chuck Collins of United for a Fair Economy, and author and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, who will all speak at the conventions.
More on Shadow Conventions 2000 is available at: http://commoncause.org/publications/june00/062100.htm
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