Other inmates are not at all pleased by the wages, particularly considering the incredible hazards of the job. La’Sonya Edwards, an inmate who fights fires in southern California, told the New York Times in August that she makes around $500 per year in camp, plus an extra few hundred for working on the fire line. The salary of a full time civilian fighter starts at around $40,000.
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".
hrough court cases and legal battles over the last 150 years corporations have slowly gained many of the same rights solely designated for human beings. High profile cases such as Citizens United vs. FEC or more recently Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell have highlighted the corporate perversion of the First Amendment, but corporations have also claimed rights and protection under the 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments.
Here we go again!
SB 1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act, which says the corporations aren't people and money isn't speech, is now SB 254. Californians determined to have our voices heard need to rise up again to insist that our legislators act to Let The People Vote.
Please bear with us to read the entirety of this message as it will outline key aspects of our growing coalition's strategy going forward.
We're asking you to call your two legislators again today to ask them to sign on as a co-author to SB 254, The Overturn Citizens United Act.
According to the latest report from NASA, California has less than a year’s supply of surface water left. Nestle and other bottling companies buy water at a pittance and sell it back to the public at exorbitantly high rates. As California’s water disappears, the investment portfolios of some of the nation’s most profitable corporations are being flooded.
MTA Sacramento's own Jan Rein along with frequent volunteer Mark Dempsey penned an editorial in the Sacramento News & Review: "Challenge the law to save the environment." They make the case for a new strategy for environmentalists: "Help change the Constitution."
BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of Sacramento, CA calls for amending the constitutions of the United States and the State of California to establish that
1. Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with rights that are protected by the constitution, and
2. Money is not speech and, therefore, the expenditure of money to influence the electoral process is not a form of constitutionally protected speech and may be regulated.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council of Sacramento hereby calls on our state and federal legislatures to enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION TO URGE THE SACRAMENTO CITY COUNCIL TO PASS THIS RESOLUTION (Sacramento Residents Only Please)