Thursday, December 8, 2011

L.A. Calls For End To 'Corporate Personhood', Will Arcata Or Your Town Be Next?

By a vote of 11 to 0 the city council in Los Angeles voted to end corporate personhood.  What does that mean?
It is non binding but is a first step in defining what people are and what they are not.
Flag from Humboldt Herald
This is what the 99% movement has brought us.  A change in dialogue.  No longer do we only hear that we will have to do with less and less while the 1 percent gets a tax break.  Because of the Occupy movement, we, (or the majority of us) are starting to figure out there are more of us than there are are of them which makes us relevant. They have known this all along.  They force us to fund our cops, courts and prisons over our own health education and  welfare.  The 1 percent has told us that it is for our protection. We are starting to see that it is for their protection. 
If the people in this country figure out that the government belongs to them and is made up by them before it is too late, we can make a difference with an amendment to end corporate personhood.  The problem is, the International Monetary Fund and world financial institutions are threatening the sovereignty of countries in Europe if those countries want any funding what so ever that is not paid for by reducing spending.  Even here in the US, private entities are being given powers to take over sovereign townships and municipalities.
Congressman Keith Ellison has proposed an amendment in the US House to the US Constitution.
Minnesota Public Radio said:
Called the "Get Corporate Money Out of Politics" amendment, the measure would overturn the 2009 Citizens United Supreme Court decision by declaring that corporations do not have the same free speech rights as individuals and would give Congress and the states the power to regulate how companies get involved in politics.
Former Arcata City Council member, Dave Meserve,  wrote his own proposed ordinance that pretty much sums it up.

Proposed Ordinance for the City of Arcata (or your city)

We hold these truths to be self evident:
Corporations are not people.
Money is not speech.

Be it therefore ordained that:

To the full extent possible under federal law, and with the long-term goal of changing any federal laws that may oppose this ordinance,

Within the City of Arcata, CA, corporations shall not have the rights of "Persons" or "The People," as enumerated by the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. Only living, breathing human beings shall have such rights.

Be it also ordained that:

Within the City of Arcata, CA, money shall not be considered to be speech, as protected under the First Amendment.

Be it further resolved that:

The people of the City of Arcata, CA support amending the U.S. Constitution to establish that:
1. Corporations are not natural persons and are not entitled to constitutional rights, and
2. Money is not speech.
Public opinion is changing about this stuff and now is the time to address these issues.

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