Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We can DO THIS! Other communities HAVE!

Boulder, CO City Council will vote today to put MTA Resolution on the ballot for Nov...we can do the same thing here...check out the map: http://movetoamend.org/areas-focus/move-amend/resolutions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE...



DNC Web Ad: "Mitt Romney and the Luckiest People in the World"

Corporate Personhood (Corporation as a "person")




The concept of "corporate personhood" and the effects it has on laws in the United States.

This video goes through the history of this idea, from:
The Fourteenth Amendment (1868)
Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad (1886)
Gulf, etc. v. Ellis (1897)
The Tillman Act of 1907
The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947
Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971
Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce (1990)
Buckley v. Valeo (1976)
McCain-Feingold Act of 2002
McConnell v. FEC (2003)
Citizens United v. FEC (2010)

Also covers:
Corporate Spending
Unions
Wagner Act of 1935
James Buckley
Chief Justice Morrison Waite
PACs (Political Action Committees)
General Treasuries
John McCain
Barack Obama
Antonin Scalia
Mitch McConnell

Sunday, August 14, 2011

CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE!




"Corporations Are People Too" -- a message about corporate personhood from Nero Fiddled. More: http://www.nerofiddled.net.

HOW TO DRAFT A LOCAL ORDINANCE!

http://www.ultimatecivics.org/ordinance.php

Banning Corporate Personhood--How Communities are Taking the Law Back from Big Companies

Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund explains how communities can fight corporate power with a new legal weapon.
July 14, 2011 |

The following is from Sabrina Artel's Trailer Talk: The Frack Talk Marcellus Shale Water Project. You can listen to the complete program here.

These last few days for gas drilling news in New York as been critical and a new level of urgency has been reached as the country watches how New York defines and decides its fate, the future of its famous unfiltered water supply, and communities in the directly impacted regions, whether for or against drilling are forging ahead to determine their immediate future and that for future generations.

It's coming down to Home Rule and self-determination as a way to protect municipalities from fracking. As the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) releases New Recommendations for Drilling in New York explained in the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) released a few days ago, environmental groups, like Catskill Mountainkeeper are calling for a statewide ban and municipalities organize to decide the fate of their towns.

Read more at the link:
http://www.alternet.org/water/151646/banning_corporate_personhood_how_communities_are_taking_the_law_back_from_big_companies

Romney and “Corporate Personhood” on HOT AIR

Justin Elliott at Salon has a rather interesting history of the concept of corporate personhood in America’s court system, which Mitt Romney brought back into the spotlight with some recent comments at Ames. He’s exploring it in an interview with 2004 Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb, who hates the idea but still reveals some of the pertinent details of why Romney is right. Of course, the first quote from Cobb sets the tone for his argument.

Mitt Romney said “corporations are people.” Is he right?

Well, he’s correct in the sense that the U.S. Supreme Court has said that corporations are persons with inherent constitutional rights. Of course, he’s wrong just as the court is wrong.

I see. So he’s wrong except for the fact that the highest court in the land examined the question and said he was right? Got it.

See more at the link:
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/13/romney-and-corporate-personhood/

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Breaking corporate control of politics

Breaking corporate control of politics
Thursday, August 4, 2011 | Posted by Jim Hightower

Imagine if a couple of national leaders dared to stand up to the corporate powers that have taken control of government. Imagine if one of them came right out and said, "I [am] fed up of living in a country ruled by lies, cynicism, and greed." And imagine if these leaders arranged for the people of the country to be able to throw out all political parties that "represent oligarch interests or vote in the interests of oligarchs."

Impossible, you say? Not so – in fact, it just happened. Not here, unfortunately, but in Latvia. Located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, the people of Latvia broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991, but a handful of powerful insiders formed corporations that grabbed oligarchic control of public assets, making them billionaires. Using their corrupt fortunes, they literally "privatized democracy," buying political parties and control of parliament. The oligarchs then pushed through laws that further enriched themselves, while knocking down the incomes of regular people and ruining the Latvian economy.

Sound familiar?

See more at the link:
http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7513


Friday, August 12, 2011

David Cobb speaks to Thom Hartmann about MOVE TO AMEND!



Progressive radio talk show host Thom Hartmann speaks to David Cobb, Attorney / Green Party candidate for President in 2004 / spokesperson for MoveToAmend.org. They examine how legislation has given corporations people's rights.

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