Bill Moyers, Resolutions, and the March Primary Elections

We had an energetic conference call on Saturday. The meeting notes are below. Thanks to Michael Greenman from Columbus for preparing them.

BILL MOYERS

Bill Moyers supports Move to Amend. http://vimeo.com/35388815
Forward the link, share on social media, etc…

RESOLUTIONS

Several communities are looking into passing resolutions calling for an end to corporate personhood and/or money as speech — beginning with Athens. Draft language of the Athens resolution (as of a couple of weeks ago) is posted on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/MovetoAmendOhio

The prototype Move to Amend resolution language (their proposed 28th Amendment) is at
http://movetoamend.org/amendment

Contact 330-928-2301 or gcoleridge@afsc.org if you’d like some guidance or help.

MARCH PRIMARY ELECTIONS

The March primary elections are just a few short weeks away. One US Senate seat and all US House seats are up for grabs. It’s a great time to raise the issues of money as speech and never-intended corporate constitutional rights. Here are 4 ideas
1. Circulate the Move to Amend petition outside or inside debates, forums, meetings or anywhere else candidates will be attending. Download a petition at http://www.movetoamendohio.org/
2. Hand out a Move to Amend flier with the proposed 28th Amendment at the abovementioned events. Several fliers are available on their website — the best one is a 1/2 page version with the proposed 28th amendment on one side with Move to Amend info on the other side.
3. Dress up as a corporation. Ask candidates if you should possess inalienable Bill of Rights protections. If outside where a Presidential candidate will be attending, hold a sign saying “I’m a person and am willing to be your Vice President!” Direction on constructing a corporate costume is at http://movetoamend.org/occupythecourts under “Instructions to Make a Corporate Personhood Costume,”
4. Request your candidates for federal office complete a survey asking if they agree with Mitt Romney that corporations are “persons” and should possess constitutional rights. The survey is at http://www.afsc.net/PDFFiles/CorpPersonhoodSurvey.doc [Note: Make sure to fill in the candidate’s name before handing or sending it to him/her.]

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Move to Amend Ohio Conference Call
Saturday, January 28 / 10 am – 11 am

Attendance: Dick Bozian (Cincinnati); Greg Coleridge (Cleveland); Michael Greenman (Central Ohio); Karen Hansen (Central Ohio); Doug Jambard-Sweet (Toledo); Mary Nichols-Rhodes (Akron); Carol Wagner (Akron); Robert and Sally Jo Wiley (Athens).
Agenda:
* Occupy the Courts reports / other local reports

-Columbus/Athens – (Michael and Karen) Friday 20 Jan – bitter cold – 120-125 people – lots of signs, great talks – Occupy Columbus – Athens (Democracy over Corporations) group – from several other locations – Met afterwards at Progress Ohio for Potluck. One politician plus three other candidates. Sally Jo – 15th Congressional district candidate was busy, told him his opponent was there!
-Dick – (Cincinnati) – very cold – two state representatives there, Occupy, League of Women Voters, AIR, Common Cause of Ohio; Interfaith Alliance. Very active group – building a coalition of all of them
-Doug (Toledo) – linked to MTA a couple of weeks ago. About 20 people at Federal Courthouse. Traffic responded.
-Greg (Cleveland) – 60-70 people in front of Courthouse, marched. 3 dressed as “corporations”. 1%ers had megaphones – showing that their voices were disproportionately loud. People in tunics: “End Corporate Personhood” on front. Money taped over their mouths showing their voices are silenced. AP was there and got pictures in national media.
-Carol (Akron) – 15-20 people. Spoke out slogans. “Money is not Speech”; “End Corporate Personhood”; coverage in local papers.

* Municipal resolutions

There are already a dozen or so around the country with various wordings.
-Athens – Sally Jo – Their proposal is before Athens City Council. It was discussed last week. On Feb 6 they will take a vote. Two women asked for language to be stronger: asking state and federal government to get on board! Will be first in Ohio.
Next going for County Commissioners – stretching into Vinton and Morgan Counties, trying to get groups going there.
One of our members ran and is on City Council, so very helpful.
(Greg will post language on Facebook and Web Site)
Columbus (Michael, Karen) – one of members is friend of City Council Chair – talking to him. Michael sent letter to Mayor suggesting Columbus could be first in state. No response.
-Toledo (Doug)– contact with liberal City Council Member. Indicated would like to get more popular support to bring resolution to city council. Suggested getting letters of support from civic groups. Going to Democratic Clubs to present the information. Not as widely publicized as in other communities.
-Cincinnati – (Dick) – Parallel initiative. At state level putting in petition for reform of redistricting.
-Cleveland – (Cuyahoga) (Greg) – City Council spoke at OTC so local MTA meeting on Tuesday will strategize how to approach City Council.
Greg – Suggestions: Take the time and figure out ways to maximize education and media attention. Worst is to have something passed quickly that no one knows about. What can we do to have a public hearing or a town hall meeting prior to that; a rally, a vigil, write letters before hand to get visibility?
-Sally Jo – talking about ours in city council for a month. Best approach is to write letters to the editor – once a week. Athens Messenger, Athens News – letters to the Editor. Encouraging “Mardi Gras” celebration on Monday.
-Carol – Plans for Akron City Council? Greg: Akron may not work, but County Council might be a good approach. Mary – Summit County Council – let’s pursue.
Greg encourages to post on Facebook Page: “Move to Amend Ohio”. Send to Jeff Klein at Toledo who does the web site: Jeff.warrenproffitt@gmail.com

* Proposal for MTA workshop at Ohio Rootscamp

-Karen – annual event – nationwide – every community puts together day-long meeting of grass-roots organizations. Come in morning, sign up for slot you’d like to make your presentation. Have one hour to make presentation and discussion. Hundreds show up. Very successful. About 8 tracks, each having 5 or 6 workshops.
Saturday, February 25 at Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, 390 Worthington Rd., Suite A.
– Michael and Karen– will discuss with Columbus group this morning.
Sally – friend who is banker could talk about problems. Also talk about resolution.
Karen will be point person – others contact her to link in. to be a part of the session: Klh.ohio@gmail.com 280-3631

* Ohio State Constitutional Panel formation

Greg – Columbus Dispatch described fact that every 20 years in Ohio there is to be consideration of a constitutional convention. State is looking at opportunity – doesn’t like the idea. Setting up commission – 12 legislators + 20 citizens from around the state to review the constitution and make recommendations to modernize, reform it. Anyone can submit their information to participate.
Opportunity to remove some of the powers of corporations?
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/12/29/state-constitutional-panel-is-forming.html
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_188
Deadline is February 1! Get your information in if interested.
Good opportunity!

* Website/Facebook

Any reports, put them on Facebook.
Michael – Encourage people to “Friend” the site, and to add more local pages.
Web site manager Jeff Klein – contact to put items on the site: Jeff.warrenproffitt@gmail.com

* National MTA report
Karen – when make Ohio a formal state group? Greg – need to have affiliation by cities representing more than 50% of population. With 3 “C”s as affiliates, we would have enough. Columbus is an affiliate, Cleveland and Cincinnati are not yet. Go to MTA web site to download application process.
“United for the People” – coalition of groups supporting effort to get amendment. Number of different efforts – all deal with different aspects. http://united4thepeople.org/
Sign as many petitions as you can to get attention to this issue.
-Availability of names on petitions to affiliates? Greg says has availability to people who signed papers petitions and not to those who signed on line. Greg will check on availability.

*Upcoming Primaries in Ohio
-March 6 in Ohio
– Michael – Will make a card based on the letter sent to Ohio Congressional delegation to take to meetings asking candidates if they believe corporations are persons, yes or no, if no, what they will do about it.
-Dress up as a corporation with sign as “potential vice presidential candidate”. Multiple corps, saying “pick me” (at Presidential forums). With money hanging out of pockets.
-Hand out MTA flyers
-Half page sheet with amendment on back, simple statement on front (Greg will send out).
-Poster and bumper sticker available from MTA.
-Greg will send out letter to all congressional delegation – Take it to debates or meetings, get candidates to sign.
-Mary – Each in our area get team of people with corporate costume so when find out someone is in the area, get crash team to go to the event.
-Greg – MTA web site has instructions on how to make Corporate costume.

* Next meeting/facilitator

– February 18 – 4:00 – Karen Facilitate; Dick will take notes.

MONETARY HISTORY CALENDAR – January 30 – February 5

JANUARY 30

1835 — ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT AGAINST US PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON
Three years earlier, Jackson called for an end to the Second National Bank of the United States by calling on Congress not to renew its charter. He vetoed a bill to renew the bank’s charter, saying the bank was guilty of fraud, corruption, controlling the money supply (expanding and contracting the supply of money to economically and politically benefit the bank) and because “beyond question…this great and powerful institution had been actively engaged in attempting to influence the elections of the public officers by means of its money.” Jackson ordered the US government to move its money out of the Second Bank. In response, the bank called in all its loans and ceased issuing new loans. An economic panic followed. In 1835, Richard Lawrence fired 2 guns at Jackson but both misfired. He claimed his assassination attempt was because, in part, “money would be more plenty.”

1882 — BIRTH OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
“[T]he real truth is…that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”

1934 – PASSAGE OF GOLD RESERVE ACT
The US government ended minting and circulation gold coins. The bill required all holders of gold coins and certificates to surrender them to the US Treasury – at the price of $20.67 per ounce. Collectors and a few others were exempted. Federal Reserve Notes were no longer convertible (or backed) by gold coins.

2009 – US TREASURY DEPARTMENT PURCHASES STOCK FROM US BANKS
The U.S. Treasury Department purchases a total of $1.15 billion in preferred stock from 42 U.S. banks under the Capital Purchase Program.

JANUARY 31

1934 – PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT INCREASES VALUE OF GOLD
A day after the Gold Reserve Act is passed, President Roosevelt issued an executive proclamation which resulted in the value of gold increasing to $35 per ounce. This yielded a windfall profit for the US government and those who retained possession of gold.

FEBRUARY 2

2010- DEATH OF EUSTACE MULLINS, AUTHOR, SECRETS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE
“The Nation magazine was the only public organ so far as I can find out which printed out that the issue of the money of the U.S. was being turned over to a body of men who were neither elected nor answerable to elections.”

FEBRUARY 3

1913 – RATIFICATION OF THE 16TH AMENDMENT, ESTABLISHMENT OF THE US FEDERAL INCOME TAX
The income tax provides a guaranteed and consistent source of income for the payment of any federal government function, including payment of interest on national debt. It was ratified earlier in the same year as passage of the Federal Reserve Act which turned over the nation’s money power to a private central bank. Many economists believe the dollar holds its value better than the Euro in times of economic
crisis since US interest payments from debt can be covered by US income taxes. There is no equivalent European income tax to cover Euro debts. This provides investors greater confidence in the dollar over the Euro.

1924 – DEATH OF WOODROW WILSON, 28TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATESAND SIGNER OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE ACT
“Some of the biggest men in the United States in the field of commerce and manufacture are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so passive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
“A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men who, even if their action be honest and intended for the public interest, are necessarily concentrated upon the great undertakings in which their own money is involved and who necessarily, by very reason of
their own limitations, chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom. (1911)
[Note: Despite such misgivings, Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act two years later]

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Why this calendar? Many people have questions about the root causes of our economic problems. Some
questions involve money, banks and debt. How is money created? Why do banks control its quantity? How has the money system been used to liberate (not often) and oppress (most often) us? And how can the money system be “democratized” to rebuild our economy and society, create jobs and reduce debt?
Our goal is to inform, intrigue and inspire through bite size weekly postings listing important events and quotes from prominent individuals (both past and present) on money, banking and how the money system can help people and the planet. We hope the sharing of bits of buried history will illuminate monetary and banking issues and empower you with others to create real economic and political justice.
This calendar is a project of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee. Adele Looney, Phyllis Titus, Donna Schall, Leah Davis, Alice Francini and Greg Coleridge helped in its development.
Please forward this to others and encourage them to subscribe. To subscribe/unsubscribe or to comment on any entry, contact monetarycalendar@yahoo.com
For more information, visit http://www.afsc.net/economiccrisis.html

Occupy the Courts – Cleveland and Akron actions

CLEVELAND

Cleveland Plain Dealer:
http://www.cleveland.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/protests-to-occupy-us courthouses-over-elections/ab6797987dca44c8b1da17f06c0c3b44

Cleveland Scene:
http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2012/01/20/cleveland-activists-occupy-the-court

Associated Press pictures:
– Photo of a member of our Economic and Political Justice program committee: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/carla-rautenberg-participates-rally-friday-jan-20-2012-photo-185223604.html
– Photo, from the India Times website, is of a member of our Monetary Reform workgroup: http://oneclick.indiatimes.com/photo/0fyh2AV2WTcG5#0_undefined,0_

The Alliance Review:
http://www.the-review.com/ap%20financial/2012/01/20/ohio-groups-take-part-on-occupy-court-protests

AKRON

Akron Beacon Journal:
http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/occupy-protesters-seek-change-against-big-money-in-politics-1.256175

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neoafsc/sets/72157629000602629/

MONETARY HISTORY CALENDAR January 23-29

JANUARY 24

1811 – CHARTER OF FIRST BANK OF UNITED STATES NOT RENEWED
A 20-year charter was issued by the federal government (very unusual at the time since most corporate charters, or licenses, were issued by states) to create the first national private bank. This was the first private institution empowered to create paper money — with all the power and profit that goes along with it. The bank’s paper money was accepted for taxes. Eighty percent of its shares were privately owned, among these 75% were foreign owned (mostly by the English and Dutch). The bank was modeled on the Bank of England. Within 2 months of its creation, it flooded the market with loans and banknotes and then sharply shifted course and called in many of its loans. The result was the first US securities market crash — what became known as the “Panic of 1792” – the first of many panics, recessions and depressions due to the private/corporate control of our money system. The result was Congress voting to not renew its charter, thus dissolving the bank. During the first 50 years of the US, legislatures and courts routinely chose to not renew or revoke corporate charters, which were considered democratic instruments and used to control the actions of corporations.

1939 – STATEMENT MADE BY ROBERT H. HEMPHILL, CREDIT MANAGER OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA
“We are completely dependent on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied…”

JANUARY 25

1898 – SECOND INDIANAPOLIS MONETARY CONVENTION BEGINS
Billed as a grassroots effort for monetary reform, the second convention brought together nearly 500 representatives from 31 states. It was a follow up gathering of major corporate leaders (including many bankers and economists representing leading corporations) to the first convention held a year earlier. Participants advocated for a privately run national central bank. Just as the proposed national central bank was misleading (to be privately controlled), the first and second Indianapolis Monetary Conventions were equally misleading. They were hardly “grassroots,” yet the image was useful when lobbying Congress and communicating with the public.

JANUARY 27

2010 — DEATH OF HOWARD ZINN, HISTORIAN
“The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth. Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.”

JANUARY 29

1737 — BIRTH OF TOM PAINE, US REVOLUTIONARY
Commenting on the value of colonial-issued money, the “Continental”…
“Every stone in the Bridge, that has carried us over seems to have a claim upon our esteem. But this was a corner stone, and its usefulness cannot be forgotten.”

1956 — DEATH OF H.L. MENCKEN, US JOURNALIST
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

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Why this calendar? Many people have questions about the root causes of our economic problems. Some
questions involve money, banks and debt. How is money created? Why do banks control its quantity? How has the money system been used to liberate (not often) and oppress (most often) us? And how can the money system be “democratized” to rebuild our economy and society, create jobs and reduce debt?
Our goal is to inform, intrigue and inspire through bite size weekly postings listing important events and quotes from prominent individuals (both past and present) on money, banking and how the money system can help people and the planet. We hope the sharing of bits of buried history will illuminate monetary and banking issues and empower you with others to create real economic and political justice.
This calendar is a project of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee. Adele Looney, Phyllis Titus, Donna Schall, Leah Davis, Alice Francini and Greg Coleridge helped in its development.
Please forward this to others and encourage them to subscribe. To subscribe/unsubscribe or to comment on any entry, contact monetarycalendar@yahoo.com
For more information, visit http://www.afsc.net/economiccrisis.html

"I’ll believe a corporation is a person when…"

Thank you to everyone who contributed suggestions. You are a creative bunch!

Feel free to share these at Occupy the Courts actions (there are now over 130 cities with planned actions) and/or with your friends via email and social networks tomorrow. It’s one way to mark the second anniversary of the bizarre Citizens United decision extending never-intended corporate constitutional rights.

“I’ll believe a corporation is a person when…
… Arizona deports one
… Texas executes one
… Massachusetts marries two of them
… The US government issues one a Social Security number
… one gets a STD after jumping in bed with an elected representative
… one returns from the Mideast with PTSD
… the CIA extradites one to Guantanamo
… one sacrifices its life in military service
… one is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
… one is baptized
… one dies from hunger or sickness
… one falls in love
… one is awed by beauty
… one is humbled by things it does not know
… it is NOT too big to JAIL
… one values the life and well being of any one individual before it’s own existence
… The Ohio State University graduates one
… Ohio denies two same sex marriage (and divorce) rights
… one can’t find a job
… one is elected president or dies in childbirth.
… one is put in prison (which would most likely be for defrauding its investors)
… one dies and is buried in a cemetery
… it grows a heart
… it develops a conscience
… one stays up all night with a sick baby, a troubled teen, or a dying parent
… one worries about the meaning of life
… one is capable of empathy
… one has an ultrasound detected heartbeat
… when its conception occurs in utero
… one is actually held responsible for its actions
… one adopts any of those babies delivered from the women who were denied access to a legal abortion
…. they have to register for the draft
… when one gets pregnant, gives birth and breastfeeds the newborn.
… our budget is balanced
… the created is equal to the creator
… one gives up their personhood to save another person
… they pay their fair share of taxes
… disco music is finally eradicated from the face of the earth
… Lucy lets Charlie Brown kick the football
… a winter storm warning is posted for hell
… Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. return to Earth and declare corporations are people.
… one teaches a child
… they all start laughing out loud at these remarks
… it shows me its birth certificate
‎… it grows an opposable thumb.
… when gepetto makes it a real boy
… they are able to reproduce sexually
… one endorses Ron Paul for President.”
And finally…
“I will never believe a corporation is a person.”