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Move to Amend Rochester is a group of local citizens working to add an amendment to the United States Constitution that would enable Congress to control political spending. Though endeavors such as these take time, a key element in affecting change is large-scale public education on a subject with which we are not necessarily properly concerned.

On Sunday, January 20, Move to Amend will hold "Party for the People," an educational seminar in the form of a variety show coinciding with the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The event will take place at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.), 1-4 p.m., and seeks to connect the influence of big money on our democratic processes to derivative but more tangible issues that impact everyone, such as health care and the food supply.

Speakers and performers include Mel Braverman, Assembly Member Mark Johns, BIODANCE, Warren Loeffler (pictured with Missy Pfohl Smith of BIODANCE), Mike Deming, James Caldwell, Emily Good, Bill McKibben (via video), Dr. Ted Brown and Sue Ladwig, Dr. Ted Barrett, Judy Bellow, Armani Tweed, Amanda Ashley, and others. The event is free to attend and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call Sam Fedele at 348-7264 or visit

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