Trial for Six Defendants from Occupy the Courts Arrests

Monday, August 27, 2012

Washington, DC – January 20, 2012 marked the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court split (5-4) decision in Citizens United v FEC establishing that “corporate personhood” is constitutional and protected by the First Amendment – a corporation is a person, and money is free speech. This ruling overturned a bipartisan election law (BCRA 2002)[1], which limited corporate finance funding in political campaigns. For the first time ever, unlimited amounts of money can be legally given to election campaigns without disclosure to the public of who gives monetary contributions and the amount of which they do, ensuring corporate control over our democracy. Justice Stevens, providing a dissenting opinion, stated, “A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold … The improper use of money to influence the result [of an election] is to deny to the nation in a vital particular the power of self protection.” [2]

On January 20, 2012, the Move to Amend rally and the Occupy The Courts worked in tandem to protect the constitutional First Amendment rights of We the people. Move to Amend is a coalition of organizations working towards a 28th Amendment abolishing corporate personhood. Occupy The Courts was a calling to visually express our dissent at the Supreme Court about the decision they made. [3]

That day, twelve activists were arrested outside of the Supreme Court on the steps and plaza. They are grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, students, and range in age and demographic locations across the nation.

Jury will try six of the defendants beginning Monday, August 27, 2012. They are facing charges of alleged Parading and Unlawful Entry of the Supreme Court of the United States. Trial will be held in District of Columbia Superior Court, 500 Indiana Av., NW, Washington, DC (near Archives and Judiciary Metro stops) room 312 at 9:00 am EST.

There will be expected solidarity support through trial attendance, trial coverage, and proposed actions. Educate yourself and your community about the Citizens United decision and how it affects our voice and democracy.

 

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipartisan_Campaign_Reform_Act

[2] http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-205.ZX.html

[3] http://movetoamend.org/

 

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