The local Move to Amend affiliate for Humboldt County, California.
300,000 people took over Manhattan Island this weekend demanding climate justice (Full disclosure: I was one of them). While it’s important for the continued existence of the human race to minimize greenhouse gases like CO2 and methane emissions that generate heat in our atmosphere, simply using sustainable energy sources and consuming less isn’t a cure-all for climate change. If we really want to get to the root of the problem and have real climate justice, we have to end corporate personhood. Until corporations are no longer considered people, they’ll always be able to claim their inalienable constitutional rights to make a profit at all costs and get around any new regulations, like emissions laws or energy usage limits.
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In the November 2012 election, Measure H passed in Arcata with an astonishing 81.5% of the vote. This measure states that as far as legally possible, within the City of Arcata, that corporations are not people, and money is not speech. The measure is clearly intended as a foothold to climb a larger issue, mainly to validate this measure via a constitutional amendment.
In the 2006 elections, Arcata passed Measure T with 55% of the vote, which rejected the premise of corporate personhood. However, this measure was was challenged and overturned, citing constitutional reasons. The corporate-backed Pacific Legal Foundation proposed a settlement which effectively rendered this measure 'Null and Void', and charged the county tax-payers $44,000 in legal fees.
Arcata residents heading to the polls next month will have a chance to vote on whether households with high electricity use should be taxed and whether they agree with the Supreme Court ruling that gives corporations the same rights as people.
Measure H, drafted by former City Councilman Dave Meserve and known as “Corps Ain't Peeps,” seeks to limit corporations' power within city limits without going against federal law and putting the city under legal scrutiny.