Saturday, January 22, 2011
I heart the Raging Grannies
January 21 is the one-year anniversary of the Citizens United decision by
the Supreme Court, which upheld the "personhood" of corporations and
allows them to funnel as much money as they want to influence elections.
Since they have a lot more money than most individuals, of course this
gives them great power.
How did it come to be that corporations are given the rights of persons,
in the first place? For a great exposition of how this happened,
basically through a clerical "error", check out Jim Hightower's Lowdown at
There are lots of groups organizing to try to change this.
Citizens United Against Citizens United, a project of Public Citizen, is
dedicated to restoring our government to citizen control.
Anna White <firstname.lastname@example.org> is a great point person to contact if you
want to organize an event and want suggestions/help.
Move to Amend Coalition http://movetoamend.org/ has a bunch of great
links, and has a great list of steps to take to organize an action at
is working to enact a constitutional amendment that puts people ahead of
The Coffee Party's motto is Wake up and stand up! They are another place
to announce Citizens United decision anniversary events to get the word
They are linked to Movement for the People
On this site, for a $20 donation, you can order a video called "Pricele$$"
to use as an organizing tool.
Here are some key phrases I have heard that could be made into banners or
We the people, not we the corporations
End corporate personhood
No government of, by, and for the corporations
It's a Democracy, Not an Auction
Separation of Corporation and State
Save Democracy: Close the Corporate Wallets!
Power to the Voters - Corporations have no business buying elections
The Supreme Court got it wrong: Corporations are not citizens