It’s Up To Us To End The Corporate Monarchy

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https://movetoamend.org/its-us-end-corporate-monarchy

The fascination of the 29 million people in the United States who watched the British Royal Wedding over the weekend transcended the pageantry of the event and star power of the celebrity guests. In part, the interest was also due to trying to understand the current role of the monarchy in British society.

British Kings and Queens no longer possess unlimited authority. Dictating and defining virtually every action within the far-reaching British Empire is history —  British royalty today are mere figureheads, soap opera-like curiosities to many to distract attention from the day-to-day problems of life.

While people in the US are no longer “subjects” to British Kings and Queens following the colonial revolution, it would be a mistake to conclude We the People have authentically assumed ultimate or “sovereign” power to self-rule.

It’s never been true and much less true today as corporations, which at one time possessed only those powers and privileges granted by We the People through corporate charters, have fought in the courts to win constitutional rights.

Corporations increasingly act like monarchs.

These never-intended rights have allowed corporations to capture our government and elected officials. The continual and far-reaching wedding of corporations and politicians takes many forms — most of which don’t make television and aren’t of the feel-good, Camelot variety. Their nuptial offspring have been laws that harm people, communities and the planet — adversely affecting health care, education, jobs, housing, trade, budgets, food, transportation, energy, the environment, taxes, finance, and more.

If We the People are to be real rulers, then we have to end corporate rule.

Move to Amend is the only organization that not only takes on the undemocratic, unjust and unsustainable role of corporate personhood, we do something about it — specifically working for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate constitutional rights.

That’s what our We the People Amendment with its 56 co-sponsors in the House of Represenatives, and hundreds of nationwide resolutions and ballot initiatives, and hundreds of other organizational endorsements are all about.

We seek to end corporate monarchy.

To be legitimately politically independent beyond the reach of corporations, government or big foundations, Move to Amend must be economically independent. We must rely for the vast majority of our funding from people like you — dedicated to ending corporate rule and creating authentic democracy. 

Support Move to Amend. We are still $80,000 short, and we need everyone to pitch in — now! Even better than a one time donation is a pledge to invest in the movement to amend by making your donation monthly.

Royal weddings may be fascinating. But it will take many more than the 100,000 people in the streets who gawked at the royal union to royally volunteer your time, energy and resources to divorce corporations from government and governance.

That’s a disunion worth not only watching, but being a part of! Join us!

Thank you,
Greg Coleridge
Outreach Director, Move to Amend

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This is What Democracy in Ohio Looks Like! Ohio’s Democratic “Infrastructure”

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http://afsc.org/document/what-democracy-looks-october-2014-document.

NEWS RELEASE
Contacts: John Fuller, 330-867-5122; Greg Coleridge, 216-255-2184
For Immediate Release: October 2, 2014

NEW REPORT DESCRIBES OHIO’S DEMOCRATIC “INFRASTRUCTURE”

[Cuyahoga Falls, OH] The Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) today released a new report itemizing Ohio’s democratic “infrastructure.”

The 20-page report, “This is What Democracy in Ohio Looks Like! Ohio’s Democratic/Self-Determination ‘Infrastructure,’” lists scores of documents, policies, practices, institutions, structures and groups that represent the state’s democratic/self determination foundation and culture – examples where those who are affected by decisions and policies have a role in the shaping of those decisions.

The list includes public and governmental entities as well as grassroots alternative initiatives across Ohio that bypass corporate and top down government structures.

Specific examples with contact information and/or links are listed in the areas of community, cooperatives, democratic legacy, economics/money, education, employment, employee ownership, food/agriculture, municipal ownership, news/information, political/legal, public spaces and social action/change organizations.

The report seeks to raise public awareness of the value of democratic openings that still exist or could exist with investment of individual and/or collective energies. This is increasingly important in an age of rapid privatization/corporatization of public assets; individuals looking to increase their power, status, and/or privileges through concentrating decision-making; and a culture that, among other anti-democratic characteristics, ignores historical examples of citizen control and definition of their lives.

The report also strives to emphasize the importance of working for democratic social change through creating or nurturing alternative organizations and policies and also of pursuing the democratization of existing laws, constitutions, policies, practices, and organizations.

“This report is unlike any other that has been published in Ohio,” said John Fuller of the AFSC. “It connects seemingly different existing formal institutions, grassroots groups, public arenas, laws and rules under the single umbrella of ‘democracy.’ Seen in this comprehensive way, it’s much clearer to see how we are losing our self-determination, but also to understand the multiple ways Ohioans are working to create and protect it.”

“Ohio’s physical infrastructures (i.e. roads, bridges, sewers, dams, etc.), need constant attention to prevent their crumble and collapse, stated Greg Coleridge of the Northeast Ohio AFSC. “The same goes with our democratic/self-determination ‘infrastructure.’ We must constantly and consciously resist the threats to democracy in our communities, state and nation by corporations and top-down government structures by protecting and expanding our democratic legacy, structures, policies and groups. If we don’t, our democratic infrastructure will, too, crumble and collapse.”

A copy of the report is available at http://afsc.org/document/what-democracy-looks-october-2014-document.

AFSC is a Quaker social action organization that educates, advocates and organizes on justice, peace and democracy issues. In the later category, it supports laws and rules ending corporate rule and big money in elections, as well as opposes privatization of public assets and services.

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