Press Coverage

Corporations and People

October 10, 2011

The conventional criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement – that it is long on complaints about income inequality, but short on proposed remedies – may need revision.

A number of “occupations,” including ones in Minnesota, have latched onto a constitutional amendment proposal that would deny corporations legal status as persons with full First Amendment rights.

“End corporate personhood” is their slogan. It’s been popping up lately on signs and banners at the Occupy MN encampment at Hennepin County Government Center and elsewhere around the country.

Local Resistance to Corporate Personhood Wages Crucial Battle

September 25, 2011

In the 2010 US Supreme Court case, Citizens United v. Federal ElectionCommission, the judges of the highest court in the land narrowly ruled that corporations were "people" with First Amendment free speech rights. The corollary of this judgment is that corporations, as "persons," have the right to contribute unlimited funds to political campaigns as an exercise of their free speech.

Citizens Rise Up Against "Citizens United"

September 23, 2011

I was speaking in Milwaukee the other night to a great group of peace activists, and in the question and answer period, we started talking about what could be done to change our foreign policy and bring about peace and social justice.

One thing I said we needed to do was to amend the Constitution to overturn the horrible Citizens United decision of 2010 that said corporations are persons, and corporations can spend unlimited funds to influence the outcome of an election.

TENNESSEE: By the People, For the People: Rally Against Corporations' Growing Power Set for Saturday

September 20, 2011

Loren Chapman wants corporations and politicians alike to hear the will of the people — a will he hopes will be made loud and clear at a rally that is set to take place this weekend.

The Johnson City resident is the main organizer behind “Rally For the Humans,” a demonstration scheduled for Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., in the 2000 through 2200 blocks of North Roan Street in Johnson City.

VIDEO & AUDIO: Extensive coverage of Democracy Convention by WisconsinEye

September 16, 2011

WisconsinEye is the C-Span of Wisconsin's civil society. The folks at WisconsinEye video recorded 18 different sessions at the 2011 Democracy Convention. They may be watched or listened to for free on their website, or purchased for download, here:

http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/VideoArchive/SearchResults.aspx?XMLSearchGUID=1824f2ef-5c71-433e-d5fb-a69500dfc4cc

 

West Allis group wants new limits on corporate election influence

September 13, 2011

West Allis - A petition drive in West Allis to limit corporate spending for issue ads to influence political campaigns was kicked off at the West Allis Library on Saturday.

The drive has 60 days to get 3,433 signatures, although the local group is aiming for 4,300 to be on the safe side, said James Ito, an organizer.

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