Protests Planned Nationwide Against Supreme Court Ruling that Corporations Are People
Activists in 77 cities will be protesting against corporate rule and political corruption on Friday, May 10. This date marks the 127th anniversary of the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad decision, in which the Supreme Court first ruled that corporations are "persons,” entitled to rights under the U.S Constitution.
“127 years ago corporate lawyers were able to exploit the 14th Amendment – intended to ensure equal rights for African Americans – and convince the Supreme Court that they deserved Constitutional protections intended for human beings,” stated Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director of the Move to Amend coalition. “Since that date we have seen a steady expansion of corporate power and wealth at the expense of the rights of people and communities. We’re protesting today to say enough is enough!