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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-11 10:29 PM
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NOVEMBER 8-10: Minnesota Move to Amend Barnstorming Tour

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring Minnesota giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule."
This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

All events are free and open to the general public, donations appreciated

Tuesday, November 8, 7:00-9:00pm MINNEAPOLIS. Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue) (near loring park, downtown)

This event is sponsored by the "Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers" and "Move to Amend."
There is a $5 suggested donation, but nobody will be turned away due to a lack of funds.

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-9:00pm DULUTH. Peace Church (1111 N. 11th Avenue East)

Speakers / Performers include: David Cobb, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Jim Northrup, Joel Sipress, and Sharla Gardner.
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer: Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas, author of thirteen books, leader of the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MN ASAP).
Jim Northrup: Renowned Anishinaabe poet / author of numerous books and other publications.
Joel Sipress: Professor of history at the University of Wisconsin Superior and progressive activist.
Sharla Garnder: Member of the Duluth City Council.
Music by Rachael Kilgour.

Thursday, November 10, 6:00-9:00pm GRAND RAPIDS. Itasca Community College (Davies Theater), (1851 East Highway 169)
There is no better time to learn about Corporate Personhood / the Occupy Movement and there is no better educator on the subject than David Cobb.

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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-11 07:47 PM
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1. What is Corporate Personhood and why is it not good
What do we mean by corporate personhood and why is this not a good thing?

Some history:
In 1819, the Supreme Court, in Dartmouth College v. Woodward, recognized corporations as having the same rights as natural persons for the purpose of entering into contracts and enforcing those contracts. Later, in 1886, the Courts Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad decision (118 U.S. 394 <1886>) recognized corporations as persons for the purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment (states must provide equal protection under the law to all people within their jurisdiction).
Those two rulings have thus provided the century-old underpinnings for a number of subsequent decisions equating corporations with real people, two of the most recent being Buckley v. Valeo, which equates campaign finance with free speech a true precedent in its own right followed by last years 5-4 Citizens United (Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission) ruling, yanking all restrictions on corporate (and union) campaign monies and allowing unlimited dollars to flow directly to support or defeat candidates, just not to the campaigns themselves.
The 2010 elections demonstrated starkly the fallout from all of these rulings on the make-up of Congress, especially the reversal of the Democratic House majority to Republicans, and of several governorships and state legislative bodies. The best examples of the latter are Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Florida, and the passage of truly onerous, anti-worker, anti-teacher legislation. Corporate personhood gave life and power to the Koch brothers wealth as the primary financing tool of both the Tea Party entities and specific electoral contests in those states.
Presidents and early political figures including Lincoln, Cleveland <1888>, Eisenhower <1958> and the original Progressive, Wisconsins Robert LaFollette plus legal scholars have condemned the role of corporations in American political life and in every aspect our economy, many of those luminaries saying that uncontrolled corporations represent serious threats to our nations political and economic stability and still they persist through their economic and political control, mergers, acquisitions, let alone their refusal to heed employee and consumer rights, to push for more.
Now comes an overt movement to reverse all of those rulings by means of a Constitutional amendment and calling itself Move to Amend. The amendment would add language that says Congress and the states can regulate campaign contributions and expenditures, rather than directly address the legal finding that election law denied corporations their right to free speech. Minnesota has its own chapter or branch and well hear more about all of this as Move to Amend becomes one of the siren songs of theOccupy phenomenon.
TTTs ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI engage local and national advocates on the role of corporations and Move to Amend after we highlight the practical pitfalls of Ranked Choice Voting in St. Paul tomorrow with our Resident Expert.
Segment 1:
JEANNE MASSEY President, FairVote/Minnesota, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Advocates
Segment 2:
DAVID COBB former Presidential Candidate for the US Green Party, National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited and official spokesperson for MOVE to AMEND
MARK HALVORSON Board Member, fmr Director, Center for Election Integrity; Local Organizer, MOVE to AMEND
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