MEETUP LINK: http://www.meetup.com/MOVE
FACEBOOK LINK: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111830802257365
Event is at 7PM at Sacred Grounds, 4819 E. Busch Blvd in Tampa.
**(We have the Sacred Grounds space for the whole night so we can speak freely-per Karen the owner)
***Our homework from the first meeting is to look over the site and educate ourselves on the difference between non binding resolutions and ballot initiatives. Please come to the next meeting with ideas about why you would rather work on one than the other.
CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE AND $$$ IS NOT FREE SPEECH!
On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
Event is @ Sacred Grounds in Tampa @ 7PM.
THIS EVENT IS FREE. However, we will happily accept donations and pass the hat to cover the cost of copies and the Meetup monthly charge.
***Members of ALL political parties and persuasions are encouraged to attend. This is NOT a party issue and it definitely affects us ALL!
This will be the 2ND meeting and we are shooting for regular meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month. We will discuss CORPORATE PERSONHOOD, the MOVE TO AMEND website, paperwork, resources and tools on that site, flyers, the petition and ideas for tabling and community outreach. Also, we will knock around some ideas on how we can begin a community initiative to get a local resolution made into law!
***Those that attended last time were asked to do homework. Researching the site and becoming knowledgeable on the differences between a non binding resolution or a ballot initiative. We can discuss this and decide what we are going to do and what we would support as a group.
If you need more info or if you would like to facilitate one of our future meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put MOVE TO AMEND in caps on the subject line!)
“Today the business once transacted by individuals in every community is in the control of corporations, and many of the men who once conducted an independent business are gathered into the organization, and all personal identity, and all individualities lost. Each man has become a mere cog in one of the wheels of a complicated mechanism. It is the business of the corporations to get money. It exacts but one thing of its employees: Obedience to orders. It cares not about their relations to the community, the church, society, or the family. It wants full hours and faithful service, and when they die, wear out or are discharged, it quickly replaces them with new material.
The corporation is a machine for making money, but it reduces men to the insignificance of mere numerical figures, as certainly as the private ranks of the regular army."
~ Fighting Bob La Follette, speech on the Dangers Threatening Representative Government, Mineral Point, Wisconsin, July 4, 1897