July 4th is coming, and we feel it is a perfect time to announce that many of us are joining in the movement to take our elections back from extremely wealthy individuals and profit-driven corporations.
Mount Shasta, Calif. -- David Cobb is a dynamic, forceful, and as he admits, an angry speaker. And he is on a mission. Kicking off a 20 plus city northern California barnstorm tour in Mount Shasta March 24, Cobb’s mission is nothing less than amending the Constitution of the United States to include that “A corporation is not a person” and that “Money is not speech and can be regulated.”
“I’m a proud, patriotic and pissed off American citizen,” the 2004 Green Party candidate for president said. “Money is not free speech.”
HARRISBURG, PA - They can't breathe. They don't bleed. They don't digest food.
But, as Mitt Romney famously blurted, corporations are people - at least under the law. In the Citizens United decision in 2010, for instance, the Supreme Court recognized that corporations have the constitutional right of free speech, something most people assumed belonged to actual carbon-based life-forms.
We applaud Congressman Rick Nolan’s dogged approach to reversing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the same rights as people.
Last week, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. speciously defended the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case by arguing that the ruling, which allowed unlimited independent campaign spending by corporations and unions, was not really groundbreaking at all. In fact, he said, all it did was reaffirm that corporations have free speech rights and that, without such rights, newspapers would have lost the major press freedom rulings that allowed the publication of the Pentagon Papers and made it easier for newspapers to defend themselves against libel suits in New York Times v.
A mass grassroots election protection movement has been born. It's finally forced the issues of mass disenfranchisement and hackable electronic voting machines into the mainstream.
And it's emerged from this election with a must-do list of things that need to be accomplished---soon---if we are to retain any shreds of American democracy.
"We the People" say no to big $ - David Cobb, National Spokesperson-Move to Amend joins Thom Hartmann. At the polls yesterday - voters in 100 communities across America overwhelmingly said no to corporate money influencing our democracy. Is a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United now on the horizon?
Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream fame has discovered an incredibly effective speech-making technique. He demonstrated it at a recent alternative-newspaper-publishers convention in Burlington, Vermont. Setting down a gigantic bag filled with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Jerry began his remarks by saying that the ice cream would take about 10 minutes to soften up.
Howard Zinn once said that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.
Ben Cohen is hoping that’s the case. While Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, is primarily known for the ice cream empire that bears his name, on Oct. 17 the progressive activist kicked off a cross-country journey with one goal in mind: getting money out of politics.