To most of us, the term “Corporate Personhood” is an awkward-sounding oxymoron. So is the language that uses this syntactical contrivance to advance the “rights” of entities that are nothing more than legal constructs.
As a nation, we’ve put up with this notion for 125 years. But lately, corporate “persons” have taken advantage of our patience to the point where more and more actual persons are looking at a wide range of actions that could restore common sense to the distribution of political power in the U.S.
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision of January 21, 2010 closed off many if not most of the legislative remedies of special-interest’s overwhelming influence of Congress. Laws about transparency and alternative ways of funding elections can only partially restore balance. We need get at the root of the problem with a Constitutional Amendment.
Coffee Party USA has agreed to join Move to Amend, an growing organization that is planning activities across the country on the second anniversary of the Citizens United ruling. Locally, Coffee Party Austin will be joining with Public Citizen and Move to Amend in a public showing of our support to right this fundamental wrong, where we will make our case for reform. We hope you will join us at the Be Heard Rally in front of the Federal District Courthouse at 8th and Lavaca on Friday January 20, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
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