REAL Democracy History Calendar: November 11 – 17

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Vote today, organize for fundamental change tomorrow

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Today is election day. There are important local races everywhere. Please vote!

However, regardless of who’s elected for whatever offices or what ballot issues are passed or defeated, two things won’t change. The political corruption and hijacking of whatever amount of democracy we have/ever had due to corporate constitutional rights and political money in elections defined as “free speech” will remain.

No decree, law or regulation enacted by any elected representative of any political party in any place can alter this. The same goes for any citizen-driven ballot measure in any community or state.

Don’t misunderstand. We need many more responsive public officials and many more educational and symbolic resolutions and ballot measures to build capacity, to educate, to change the culture, and to build an authentic democracy movement. But only by amending the Constitution to abolish ALL corporate constitutional rights (corporate personhood) and “money as speech” can we stop business corporations and the super rich from using these anti-democratic battering rams to do what they want, when they want, wherever they want, to whomever they want — causing further harm to people, places and the planet.

More representative representatives are extremely important at every level of government to push from the “inside” for the #WethePeopleAmendment. But it absolutely must be complemented on the “outside” by a legitimate democracy movement that agitates, educates and organizes to build power — which is what #MovetoAmend is all about.

So please vote today for more representative representatives. But tomorrow join us to agitate, educate and organize to change/amend the foundational rules of the game — the Constitution. It’s the only way to ensure that We the People actually mean All the People.

REAL Democracy History Calendar: November 4 – 10

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Corporate Hijacking of the U.S. Constitution

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Move to Amend recently issued a series of written documents detailing the many constitutional rights awarded to corporations by the Supreme Court. The series, Corporate Hijacking of the U.S. Constitution , includes a four-page summary of many corporate constitutional rights. It’s followed by seven separate two-page douments describing the “corporate hijacking” of individual constitutional amendments and portions of the original U.S. Constitution.

What follows is an abridged version of each of the seven documents.

As stated in the introduction:

Many believe corporate hijacking of the constitution begins and ends with money in elections (i.e. First Amendment ‘free speech’ rights permitting corporations to spend money to influence elections). But the threat to people, communities, the environment and democracy itself is much greater and includes additional parts of the First Amendment, as well as other amendments of our constitution.

Ending corporate constitutional rights is more than simply reversing the 2010 Citizens United vs FEC Supreme Court decision and more than simply ending political money defined as First Amendment-protected ‘free speech.’

The entire series is at https://movetoamend.org/toolkit/corporate-hijacking-us-constitution

Understanding the totality of corporate constitutional rights (better known as “corporate personhood”) is critical. Corporations did not originally possess constitutional rights in this country.

Several legislative and amendment alternatives to Move to Amend’s “We the People Amendment, HJR48 (https://movetoamend.org/amendment) reference corporate constitutional rights, but only focus on the Citizens United Supreme Court decision or only address corporate political money in elections. These alternatives provide a gaping hole for the power elite by simply using their remaining constitutional rights to assert control over people and communities and to further plunder the planet — as they once did prior to winning corporate political free speech rights.

Reversing Citizens United isn’t enough. Simply ending corporate political free speech rights isn’t enough. We must abolish all forms of corporate personhood if we expect as self-governing people to assert our authority to protect ourselves, families, communities and what remains of a livable world…not to mention creating a political system for the very first time where We the People include All the People.

-Greg Coleridge. Member of the POCLAD Collective
and Move to Amend Outreach Director

 

Rest of article at http://poclad.org/BWA/2019/BWA_2019_Oct.html

 

REAL Democracy History Calendar: October 28 – November 3

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