MEDIA ADVISORY for Monday, September 17, 2012 @ NoonTHE U.S. CONSTITUTION AT RISK: CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PERSONS
How corporate constitutional rights harm our lives and undermine our democracy, from what we eat to whether we vote.
CONTACT: Richard Hobbs, (c) 408-460-2999, richhobbs [at] msn.com
Gerry Hunt, (c) 408-266-0107, gwhunt97 [at] sbcglobal.net
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17 Is Constitution Day
WHAT: Press Conference in Observance of Constitution Day
Unveiling of Banner Outlining How Corporations Have Gained Rights at the Expense of We the People
WHEN: Monday, September 17, 2012 at Noon
WHERE: The Historic Courthouse where Corporate Personhood Took Root in 1886, 161 N First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
WHO: Mary Klein, Santa Clara County Move To Amend “How corporate constitutional rights are harming people”; Hon. James T. Beall, California Assembly Member “The impact of Citizen’s United on campaign finance”, Craig Dunkerly, Southbay Area Coordinator, California Clean Money Campaign “Why we need state and federal political contribution disclosure laws” Elizabeth Sarmiento, Board Member, League of Conservation Voters “Will the Supreme Court’s decision in Amestoy undermine California’s Prop 37?”, Anne Wilson, Santa Clara County Move To Amend “The national and local movements for a 28th amendment to end corporate personhood”
There is an ever increasing stranglehold of power granted to corporations by the Supreme Court from Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad in 1886 to the Citizen’s United decision in January 2010—in many instances giving corporations greater rights than people. The overwhelming majority of people in the United States know that corporations are not people and that grotesque amounts of money should not be considered free speech. Santa Clara County Move to Amend will shed light at this Constitution Day press conference on how our democracy is being bought and how the rights of everyday people—including the right of We the People to know what we eat—are being undermined by the U.S. Supreme Court decision to grant constitutional rights to corporations, never imagined by the Founders of our great nation.