“How the Corporate Elite Hijacked America's Courts to Enrich the Top 1 Percent”...From Joshua Holland and Move To Amend

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Here is an email I received today from Move To Amend about a recent article on AlterNet.org by Joshua Holland :


The National Campaign to End Corporate Personhood and Demand Real Democracy!

Democracy Activism or Judicial Activism — Our Choice

Joshua Holland knocked it out of the park with his recent column, “How the Corporate Elite Hijacked America's Courts to Enrich the Top 1 Percent,” a must read for any democracy advocate.

It’s clear Move To Amend is on the right track.

Holland describes a decades long assault on our judicial system by right leaning organizations to appoint judges that side with the wealthy and their corporations at a much higher rate than it finds for the middle class and unions.

We move to amend. (And we need your friends and colleagues to join us! Please share our petition and forward this email.)

Holland cites several studies, among them one that shows that members of Congress are more likely to respond to the wealthy constituents than they are to middle class constituents. The poor are barely on their radar.

He concludes that if these activists continue to get their way, we can kiss the remaining shreds of the social safety net good-bye.

To address this miscarriage of justice, we’re building support for the Move To Amend amendment, which states that a corporation is not a person and money is not speech.

Passing our amendment to the Constitution must be done if we are to have a real democracy — regardless of the powerful forces aligned against us. To us, like our revolutionary forebears, it is do or die — there is no place for tyranny among a free and democratic people.

Thomas Paine said, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” The truth is we have greater power now than when those words were first uttered — we just need to exercise it!

The time has come for each of us to ramp up our efforts to perfect our democracy. Please use your networks to distribute this message far and wide. Our goal is 500,000 signatures on the Motion to Amend by year’s end.

Thank you,

Ashley Sanders, Ben Manski, Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Leesa "George" Friday, Nancy Price, Stephen Justino

Move to Amend Executive Committee

PO Box 610, Eureka CA 95502 | (707) 269-0984


We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Jul. 7, 2011 12:13 pm

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