Nat. Move to Amend Campaign Stop in Ashland
JPGP, 12.06.2011 13:04
National Move to Amend campaign to make a Stop in Ashland as part of its Oregon Tour.
Corporations such as Enron, ExxonMobil and Blackwater have gone after our tax dollars. Not to mention our public services, jobs, schools, military and our votes. It is our future and freedoms and the federal courts have helped them every step of the way. It is time to put a stop to it!
One of the prime movers of a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the court decision that gives corporations the rights of Human Beings will be on the road in Oregon during the month of June and is making a stop in Ashland.
The forum will focus on how the Rogue Valley can join the national movement against Corporate Personhood. David Cobb will provide information about the issue and facilitate a discussion about local action in Southern Oregon and in communities across the United States to win the amendment campaign through grassroots mobilization.
“We are a diverse coalition with deep roots in communities nationwide. We recognize that amending the Constitution to restore the power of the people over corporations will not be easy, but we know correcting the Supreme Court is imperative to the progress of our nation,” stated Cobb.
The Jackson County Pacific Green Party will host a community forum on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” with guest speaker David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign. Part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action, the event will be at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, June 14. Co-sponsors are MoveOn/Medford and Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice. This is a free event and all are welcome.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. Cobb, an attorney and organizer for the Move to Amend coalition, will help local residents understand the history behind the recent decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people.
“Corporate Personhood” commonly refers to court-created precedent that gives corporations constitutional rights intended solely for human beings. “Corporate personhood is not an inconsequential legal technicality. The Supreme Court ruled that a corporation was a ‘legal person’ with 14th Amendment protections before they granted full personhood to African-Americans, immigrants, natives, or women”, states David Cobb, a spokesperson for Move to Amend and an attorney helping to lead the coalition.
“We are inspired by historic social movements that recognized the necessity of altering fundamental power relationships,” said Cobb. “America has progressed through ordinary people joining together—from the Revolutionaries to Abolitionists, Suffragists, Trade Unionists, and Civil Rights activists through to today. Move to Amend is a long-term effort to make the U.S. Constitution more democratic.”
Two easy ways you can take action before attending the event in Ashland are:
The campaign is asking folks to keep the White House switchboard lit up between now and the Fourth of July. Go to the Facebook event and to get contact info at: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113772435378497
Over 111,000 people have signed an online petition supporting a constitutional amendment at http://www.MoveToAmend.org.
For complete schedule of all the stops in Oregon got to http://movetoamend.org/events
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National Move to Amend
06.09.2011 - 13:42
People don't stop! You do a right thing! keep moving.