January 20, 2012 marked the culmination of Move to Amend's Occupy the Courts campaign, and was the day democracy went viral in America!
The frigid temperatures in the midwest and the deluge of rain on the west coast couldn't stop the American people from taking creative action to reject the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision. Dedicated Move to Amend volunteers braved dead-of-winter conditions to gather at Federal courthouses in over 140 towns and cities across the nation to put the judiciary on notice that the days of unlimited corporate political spending in America are numbered!
With spunk and zest, citizens waved signs and banners, delivered impassioned speeches, sang protest tunes, committed innovative acts of street theater, chanted, marched, hooted, hollered -- and together put the call for a 28th Constitutional amendment squarely in the center of the collective political debate. Among the spectacles were enormous gavels banged on pavement, giant puppets of "corporate persons" (skyscrapers with arms and legs), and, in the dark of night, big bright images of dollar $igns projected on the front of the Supreme Court building from a rental truck.
The centerpiece of the campaign took place at the scene of the crime itself - the U.S. Supreme Court building - where attendees heard speeches from past and present Green Party presidential candidates David Cobb and Jill Stein, and popular progressive radio talk show host Thom Hartmann.
Meanwhile, the event in Gainesville, FL featured a feisty skit set to Pink Floyd's "Money," and a rousing talk by noted intellectual Cornel West.
Timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the Citizens United ruling, Occupy the Courts brought to a critical mass the movement to pass a Constitutional amendment overturning that decision. On the campaign's heels, we've seen a sharp crescendo in the passage of local resolutions in towns, cities and counties from coast to coast calling for such an amendment. Indeed, even some well-established Senators are joining the call to amend the Constitution.
The daring and creativity displayed at Occupy the Courts events across the US gave the world a glimpse of the energy, enthusiasm and resourcefulness being unleashed by countless Move to Amend volunteers as this grassroots movement revs up!
Watch the Video Tour of Occupy the Courts Across the Country (9 videos):