'Bartlet' spotlights prison reform

By Lucy McCalmont for Politico

Former “West Wing” President Jed Bartlet has returned with a message for Congress.

In a video posted Tuesday to Brave New Films’ YouTube channel, actor Martin Sheen reprises his role as the fictional president to draw attention to and call for prison reform.

 

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President Bartlet Has A Message For Congress About Drug Sentencing

By Paige Lavender for the Huffington Post

President Bartlet is back with a message for Congress about mandatory minimum sentences.

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President Jed Bartlet joins public debate over sentencing reforms

By Colby Itkowitz for The Washington Post

Former President Jed Bartlet, the fictional president Democrats pretended was running the country in the 2000s, appears in a new public service announcement urging Congress to take up the issue of mandatory sentencing for drug-related crimes.

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Martin Sheen Reprises "West Wing" Role - for Sentencing Reform PSA

By Asawin Suebsaeng for Mother Jones

On Tuesday, Brave New Films released a new PSA calling on Congress to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act. The proposed sentencing-reform legislation aims to reduce prison populations and costs by creating less severe minimum terms for nonviolent drug offenders. (On Monday,Yahoo News reported that President Obama could grant clemency to "hundreds, perhaps thousands" of nonviolent drug offenders by the end of his second term.) The video was produced in partnership with the ACLU and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), and stars actor Martin Sheen. It's titled "President Bartlet has a message for Congress," in reference to Sheen's role on Aaron Sorkin's political drama The West Wing.

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Martin Sheen Reprises 'West Wing' Role for Prison Sentencing Reform PSA

By Marisa Kabas for Hypervocal. 

When actors play popular fictional characters, fans often have trouble separating the two and usually find the character much more compelling. Martin Sheen knows that after playing a wildly popular TV president, people sort of care about what he has to say, but they’d much rather hear it from The West Wing’s President Bartlet.

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Sheen presses Congress on drug sentencing reform

By Judy Kurtz for The Hill

Martin Sheen is using his fictional “West Wing” presidential persona to push Congress to pass real-life legislation.

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Koch Brothers Exposed, Outfoxed and More with Robert Greenwald on B.Y.O.D

This interview originally aired on B.Y.O.D for LipTV

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WATCH: Martin Sheen Stars in Powerful New PSA Calling for Drug Sentencing Reform

Published on AlterNet by Asawin Suebsaeng for Mother Jones. 

On Tuesday, Brave New Films released a  new PSA calling on Congress to pass the  Smarter Sentencing Act. The proposed sentencing-reform legislation aims to reduce prison populations and costs by creating less severe minimum terms for nonviolent drug offenders. 

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Robert Greenwald Talks Walmart, Inequality & Money in Politics On the Ed Show

Robert Greenwald and David K. Johnson join Ed Schultz on The Ed Show to discuss income inequality and big business' unchecked spending and undue influence on politics in Washington. 

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Koch Brothers Already Accused of Corruption in 2014 Elections

By Katie Rucke for Mint Press News

Robert Greenwald, filmmaker and founder of Brave New Films, recently announced a sequel to his 2012 film “Koch Brothers Exposed.” He said the new film will focus specifically on the duo’s efforts to buy the 2014 election, as well as how detrimental their support for Citizens United has been to the state of democracy in the United States.

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