Domination by Wealth: e.g. The Koch Brothers

Tonight we will watch and critique a film being shown across the USA : “Koch Brothers Exposed” directed by Robert Greenwald. Koch Industries, a privately held corporation, has more than $100 billion in annual revenue from interests in energy, petrochemicals, textiles, pulp, paper, commodities trading, and finance. CEO Charles Koch and his brother, David, the executive vice president, are listed by “Forbes” as the world’s 12th and 13th richest billionaires -- each with a net worth of $25 billion. The film details how they have contributed millions to groups such as Americans For Prosperity (AFP) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to execute arch-conservative political strategies. For example, they supported conservative Wisconsin Governor Walker’s anti-union agenda; and through ALEC, they have pushed voter ID laws that exclude the non-affluent. The brothers’ tens of millions in congressional and presidential campaign contributions and lobbying have swayed elections, curtailed environmental regulation, and enabled Koch Industries to obtain lucrative government contracts. For more about the film and the filmmaker’s views, go to www.kochbrothersexposed.com.

In post film discussion, Just Views welcomes active audience participation and all points of view. For more information from the Koch perspective, visit www.facebook.com/kochbrothers or www.kochfacts.com. Some resource persons especially invited are those involved in Move to Amend -- to get corporate and other special interest money out of elections and government. See http://dupagecoffeehouse.org/move-to-amend/.
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Our timely issues programs are nonpartisan, open to the public, and free -- no reservations required. Parking is free, too. Just Views shows great films about matters vital to social and economic justice on the second Friday of each month throughout the year. View and then share views from different vantages with citizens attending and invited resource persons. Each night is a stimulating, informal, stand-alone program. Join the multilogue!

To receive Just Views meeting notices via e-mail, join our new DuPage Peace Through Justice Group on www.meetup.com . You can also find meeting notices and sign up for our Yahoo group on our website at www.DuPagePeaceThroughJustice.org . Please mark your calendars ahead for the second Friday of every month, share these notices, and bring friends! Just Views Director is sociologist Stephanie Hughes 630/ 420-4233.
Just Views Associate Director is Carol Tritschler 630/[masked]

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