When the Supreme Court decided for corporations in the Citizens United v. FEC case, it elevated knowledge of the doctrine of "corporate personhood" to new heights. Hundreds of thousands of people now know what those words mean.
But as awful as Citizens United is, corporate personhood wasn't created with that case. Corporate Personhood was concocted by corporate lawyers 127 years ago.
On May 10, 1886 in the Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad case, the Court is said to have given corporations their first foothold in the Constitution.
In the case, corporations argued they are protected under the 14th amendment — the amendment passed to ensure equal protection of African Americans after slavery was abolished. Since then, there has been case after case in which the Court expanded the Constitutional "rights" of corporations.
This year and last Move to Amend volunteers held protests on the anniversary of Citizens United. But as you know, Move to Amend is about going to the root of the problem, not just that one case. Our We the People Amendment will not only overturn Citizens United, it will get corporations out of the Constitution altogether, and make clear that money is not free speech.
This year, on the 127th "birthday" of corporate persons, Move to Amend activists will be displaying freeway banners all over the nation.
Let's get some attention! Doesn't matter if your town is big or small, as long as there is a road going through it, we need your help with this totally legal action!
This Tuesday, March 5th, we're offering a webinar training to get you started planning for your action and making your banner. Please join us by RSVPing here. And please share this link with five or more of your friends who might want to help as well.