At a contentious California Democratic Party Convention in May that saw ideological conflicts between an entrenched establishment of privileged professionals and an emergent grassroots progressive insurgency, there were two notorious doctrines that delegates across the board nevertheless agreed to come down firmly against: the fiction that "corporations are people" and the related fallacy that "money equals political speech".
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Ag giants like Monsanto and DuPont are cheering.
“This bill should be viewed for what it is — a gag order on public debate,” says Kristina Hubbard, director of advocacy and communications at the Organic Seed Alliance, a national advocacy group, and a resident of Montana, which along with Texas passed a seed-preemption bill this year. “This thinly disguised attack on local democracy can be easily traced to out-of-state, corporate interests that want to quash local autonomy.”
August 18, 2017 marks the 97th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, a major democratic moment in U.S. history.
The tragedy in Charlottesville has brought race and racism to the surface of national attention.
Sadly, the violence fomented by the KKK, neo-Nazis and other “alt-right” white nationalists on Saturday is the latest in a long list of actions throughout our nation’s history of white supremacy by individuals and institutions that includes slavery sanctioned by the Constitution, attempted genocide of native peoples by the U.S. government, lynchings, systemic rape, broken treaty promises, beatings, arrests “for being black,” voter suppression, internments, income disparity, deportations, and housing, education and employment discrimination – among others.
Racism and white supremacy are one of many forms of oppression that our nation has not honestly and thoroughly acknowledged – let alone rectified.
Authentic democracy simply cannot exist in a culture of racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of institutional and cultural oppression that excludes large numbers of human beings and denies their fundamental human rights.
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director of Move To Amend, one of the main convention sponsors, proclaimed that the moral argument for overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is what will bring people together to demand a 28th Amendment. Move To Amend supports the We the People Amendment that states money is not speech and corporations are not people.