On March 5, Frances Moore Lappe will visit the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center in La Crosse. The author will discuss her 2017 book Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen.
Daring Democracy tells the story of how the United States’ democracy gave in to the effects of money in politics and provides advice on the ways that citizens can work against it. David Korten of Yes! Magazine called it "...a book deserving of the attention of everyone committed to the dream of a nation and a world that works for all."
Wisconsin United to Amend-La Crosse is sponsoring the event as part of their voter information campaign in preparation for the April 3 referendum. La Crosse City residents will vote on the "We the People” resolution. The resolution seeks to address the 2010 Supreme Court Decision known as Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.
The “We the People” amendment addresses two aspects of free speech. Section one states that artificial entities, such as corporations, do not have constitutional rights. Section two states that the Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process. The amendment aims to restore power to citizens’ votes and prevent large corporations from pouring money into candidates.
Lappe is the author of 19 books about world hunger, living democracy and the environment. Her debut book, Diet for Small Planet, was released in 1971 and has sold over three million copies worldwide. Gourmet Magazine named her as one of 25 people who have changed the way America eats, and members of the Women’s National Book Association selected Diet for a Small Planet as one of 75 books by women whose words have changed the world.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.