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  • perpetuallyphil 1:37 am on March 1, 2010 Permalink |
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    taking back rights 

    “Today the citizens of Shapleigh, Maine voted at a special town meeting to pass a groundbreaking Rights-Based Ordinance, 114 for and 66 against. This revolutionary ordinance give its citizens the right to local self-governance and gives rights to ecosystems but denies the rights of personhood to corporations. This ordinance allows the citizens to protect their groundwater resources, putting it in a common trust to be used for the benefit of its residents.

    Shapleigh is the first community in Maine to pass such an ordinance, which extends rights to nature, however, the Ordinance Review Committee in Wells, Maine is considering passing one in their town. These communities have been under attack by Nestle Waters, N.A., a multi-national water miner that sells bottled water under such labels as Poland Springs.

    Communities have opposed the expansion by Nestle Waters, but the corporation will not take no for an answer. The town of Fryeburg, Maine has been in litigation with Nestle for six years. Nestle wants to expand and the town’s people say no to the tanker trunk traffic which has disrupted their quiet scenic beauty, so Nestle’s tactic is to wear them down, and break their bank….”

    more at link:

    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/40335

    Awesome! City by city, county by county, state by state we can take our power back. Corporations have rights but nature does not? Its time to assert control by the people, not by the few elite that are driven only by profit.

     
  • perpetuallyphil 7:46 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink |
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    Why not a Movement? 

    Take Back Democracy, a few easy steps for today via http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/13-5:
    • Click!  Your TV remote is a powerful weapon.  You don’t have to listen to corporate lies and propaganda.  When you see corporate-sponsored political ads on TV, press the mute button.  Get your information about candidates from more reliable sources — from newspapers, news web sites, and other sources that you trust.  Don’t believe the hype.  Stay informed (read below for more background on corporate personhood and power).
    • Take the ‘Democracy For Humans’ pledge: “I will vote for no candidate who takes corporate money.”  Let’s elect candidates who work for our own best interests and ideals.  Let’s declare our independence from political parties and politicians who depend on corporate campaign contributions.
    • Amend the US Constitution: demand a new amendment declaring that rights belong to people, not to artificial legal creations (corporations), that money is not speech, that everyone has the right to vote and every vote must be counted.  Call your US Senators and US Representative, tell them to sponsor, promote, and vote for a ‘Democracy For Humans’ amendment — or you’ll never vote for them again.  More information: http://www.movetoamend.org (Sign the petition)
    • Demand that Congress pass fair election laws.  Congress can require that campaign advertising include full disclosure and reveal who paid.  Congress can require TV and radio stations that use the public airwaves to broadcast ads by candidates who aren’t swimming in corporate money.  State legislatures can pass ‘clean election’ laws that assist candidates who don’t take corporate checks.
    • Help make ‘corporate personhood’ a major political issue.  Write letters to the editor, call talk shows, post information online, challenge candidates at forums and debates.  Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors.
    • Urge your local city council to pass a resolution opposing corporate personhood.  Arcata, California, and other cities and towns have already passed such resolutions (http://www.californiademocracy.org/corporations/resource/ArcataRes.html).
    • Use street theater: public rallies, with puppets and other kinds of spectacle are a great way to educate the public.
    Its kinda a cornerstone issue….
     
  • perpetuallyphil 12:41 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink |
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    a corporation by any other name…. 

    http://murrayhillincforcongress.com

    Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it is filing to run for U.S. Congress. “Until now,” Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement, “corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence-peddling to achieve their goals in Washington. But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves.” Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first “corporate person” to exercise its constitutional right to run for office.

    “The strength of America,” Murray Hill Inc. said, “is in the boardrooms, country clubs and Lear jets of America’s great corporations. We’re saying to Wal-Mart, AIG and Pfizer, if not you, who? If not now, when?” Murray Hill Inc. added: “It’s our democracy. We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.” Murray Hill Inc., a diversifying corporation in the Washington, D.C. area, has long held an interest in politics and sees corporate candidacy as an “emerging new market.”

    The campaign’s “designated human,” Eric Hensal, will help the corporation conform to “antiquated, human only” procedures and sign the necessary voter registration and candidacy paperwork. Hensal is excited by this new opportunity: “We want to get in on the ground floor of the democracy market before the whole store is bought by China.” Murray Hill Inc. plans on filing to run in the Republican primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

    Campaign manager William Klein promises an aggressive, historic campaign that “puts people second” or “even third.” “The business of America is business, as we all know,” Klein says. “But now, it’s the business of democracy too.” Klein plans to use automated robo-calls, “Astroturf” lobbying and “computer-generated avatars” to get out the vote. Added Hensal: “This is the next frontier of civil rights.”

     
    • absolutelylovely 2:48 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink

      while watching the youtube movie, at first i thought it was a satire, but then realized that murray hill made it. i want to vomit

    • deadindenver 8:49 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink

      holy jeez

    • perpetuallyphil 8:56 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink

      murray hill is voter advocay org and non-profit focusing on grassroots campaigning…. this is def a marketing ploy as well as satire. they are making a point. and its funny/scary

  • perpetuallyphil 8:11 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink |
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    corporate personhood 

    i made this video for a class/work project that i am involved with. corporate personhood is at the root of a lot of our regulation problems and leads us to fascism. it is being debated in the Supreme Court right now and there is a movement in the works to amend the Constitution to change the policy. Corporations have been citing our ‘Bill of Rights’ for some time now which has enabled them to escape any real punishment for the atrocities that they cause to our planet.

    http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/

    http://ultimatecivics.org/

     
    • pissedandtart 8:53 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink

      What exactly is it that corporations are doing that couldn’t be done by the executives or shareholders?

    • perpetuallyphil 1:52 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink

      @pissedandtart: i dont know if i understand your question. but here is an answer:

      corporations pool resources and money together and then act as one. thats all well and fine. but it gets dicey when they perpetrate crimes against our environment or communities. when they do that, they are not held responsible as individuals for what they have done collectively. the corporation gets punished and the members who made decisions dissolve and reassemble in another corporation, no harm done (see philip morris becomes altria). you cant send a corporation to jail, even if they commit mass murder like chevron did in the amazon killing thousands. you can only punish them financially. this punishment only works to an extent tho, because the corporation when sued, puts on its citizen hat and claims trail by jury and due process instead of simply having a fine levied. this happened with the Exxon Valdez oil spill when exxon reduced a 5 billion dollar fine to 500 million over a 20 year court trial, which by the end of and still to this day, Exxon became the largest corporation in the world. father, there is the problem of using corporate resources to donate their “free speech (read: money)” to elections to get the laws that they want. even further, they can claim the 5th amendment when labeling or not labeling products i.e. GMO foods. in a scary future the corp could claim 2nd amendment rights allowing them to bear arms… really its just the problem of a corporation being and entity when its beneficial and a person when its beneficial, with no accountability to be handed down due to the circumstances. limited liability. someone takes the fall, business continues as normal.

    • waterling 5:57 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink


      though, do you think corporations have been static the last ten years? ie do you have hope that the world can function without corporations, entirely, realistically?

    • perpetuallyphil 5:01 am on December 13, 2009 Permalink

      i dont think that we need to operate without the means to act collectively. i just think that we need to be able to control the most powerful interests that exist. there are some corps that do good things, and pooling resources happens for a reason. when corps we first enabled there were really strong regulations, because the gov new how powerful they were. the original statutes require that corps were in “the interest of the community at large.” that is not the case any longer, clearly. i just want us to at least return to a place where we can check their power and have them serve the purpose of helping our collective.
      this is more powerful than the false premise of “corporate responsibility” that is little more than a marketing ploy.
      thats all i am saying

    • pissedandtart 7:50 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink

      Corporate officers and executives have been and can be criminally prosecuted for crimes they committed as officers of a corporation. Corporations actually cannot murder anyone, as murder requires forming a specific intent and engaging in a certain action (“pulling the trigger”). What would happen is that an agent of the corporation forms the intent and takes the action, and they can be prosecuted when they do so.

      As for when a crime has actually been committed by the corporation, of course it should get a fair trial. The money of the corporation is essentially the money of the shareholders, so why should the shareholders be fined without due process?

      By the way, if corporations didn’t contribute to campaigns, the individual board members and executives would do so themselves.

  • perpetuallyphil 9:20 pm on November 22, 2009 Permalink |
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    click it, watch it 

    a true history of the USA plus action for future. action.

    http://ultimatecivics.org/spresent.html

     
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