If you’re upset with the influence of big money in our political system,
and the affects it has on important issues facing our society...
HOST A SCREENING
BRING STUDENTS TOGETHER + LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUES
DEMONSTRATE HOW "WE THE PEOPLE" ARE COMING TOGETHER TO CREATE CHANGE
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT...
Getting a job?
Paying back student loans?
Discrimination based on race, gender or immigration status?
Corporate control of our political system?
IF SO, THEN JOIN US!
Our elected representatives make decisions about YOUR FUTURE. But election campaigns are mostly funded by the wealthiest .01% of Americans to promote their special interests. The Citizens United (2010), McCutcheon (2014) and Hobby Lobby (2014) U.S. Supreme Court decisions opened the floodgates to even more corporate influence. But there’s good news! Over 80% agree that it’s time to stop the influence of big money over our political system and put an end to pay-to-play politics. In the past 5 years, a huge national movement has swept the country to take back our democracy.
Pay 2 Play is a fun and inspiring new documentary that shows the next generation how to raise their voice to the corrupt system. Join our National College Screening Initiative. Students across the country are screening the film. After the screening, engage in a vibrant discussion with your audience about the problems and solutions, strengthening your student movement to take the next steps! Join our campus partners listed above to learn what they are doing to get money out.
THREE EASY STEPS!
SIGN UP TO HOST A SCREENING! (make sure to tell us which school and which group you belong to)
BUY THE FILM (1. Ask your library or professor to order the film. They have budgets for buying dvds. 2. Or email us to get the special discount code for one time screening.)
RESERVE A ROOM (Ask your student activities center, professors, political science or sociology departments)
PLAN YOUR EVENT (Invite legislators, professors, community activists; ask friends to be on your planning committee and meet weekly to organize your event)
- PUBLICIZE (Use our screening toolkit including flyers and press release and a social media toolkit)
3. ACTION! SHOW THE FILM + DISCUSS = TAKE BACK YOUR DEMOCRACY!
SIGN PEOPLE IN
- LEAD A DISCUSSION (Use this handy guide to help)
NOTE: If your school is not in session yet or you prefer to screen at a later date, don’t worry! You can participate anytime.
Sign the Demand Democracy Pledge
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION!
A college education is just the first step toward building your future. Take the next step now. Join the growing democracy movement! Work with our campus partners to keep people engaged. Attend monthly meetings and decide what you are doing either locally or nationally to GET MONEY OUT!
"I think it will have a long term impact on many of my students. The personal angle effectively drew in even the more conservative students and several of them thought it was an eye-opener." - Andrea Mensch, North Carolina State University
"Getting students involved is absolutely critical to reforming campaign finance. As the next generation of voters, leaders, and advocates, we will shape the future of our democracy." - Evan Leiter-Mason, University of Baltimore, Maryland
“It really makes me realize the potential empowerment and I would like to see what an avenue such as [campaign finance reform] would have in store for the future of our voting population.” Matthew Rogers, University of Maryland College Park
"Pay 2 Play" motivates us to stand up as board-flippers --- for a free and just democracy in the United States of America." Ann Netter, Education Advocate, Fayetteville, NY
At the beginning of the screening "many of the attendees were uninterested (one came to get extra-credit for classes); however, nearly all were extremely engaged by the end of the film. Students visibly displayed an interest for expanding their own political and societal awareness, and most stayed for an unstructured discussion of issues that they considered important. Given the success and positive feedback we have gotten from this event, we will almost definitely host another screening of Pay 2 Play in the future." -Sean Tazzioli, Southern Connecticut University
Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes ***1/2 - VIDEO LIBRARIAN REVIEW
John Wellington Ennis’s insightful documentary probes the quid pro quo relationship between government and major political donors, particularly lobbyists, corporations, and political action committees (PACs). What Ennis discovers is that the return on donations is substantial, coming in the form of government handouts, reduced taxes, deregulation, access, and policy influence.
Pay 2 Play also takes a look at street-level populist activists who are protesting the direction that American democracy is taking. By film’s end, Ennis concludes that simply making your voice heard helps to reduce the sense of powerlessness that people feel about their inabilities to change the system. This is a provocative documentary about how our democracy is currently being undermined by special business interests with deep pockets. Highly recommended.