Truth About Corporate Personhood - A Move to Amend Talk by David Cobb
Uploaded on Jan 11, 2012
Activist David Cobb from the Move to Amend (movetoamend.org) movement gives a compelling overview of the Corporate Personhood concept and the grassroots movement to eliminate the treatment of Corporations as “persons.” The talk was hosted by Occupy Lansing in Lansing, Michigan, on January 10, 2012.
Had the people in the 1950s had been asked, “Do you want your taxes to go to development of the kind of technology that will allow your grandchildren to have iPads or do you want your taxes to go into a livable society? Health care, education, places where people can have decent lives? And so on. What would people have decided? Well, whatever the answer was, they didn’t have an answer because they never had a choice. They were told, “You have to pay taxes for the Pentagon because the Russians are coming and the Chinese are coming.” And it turns out that they were paying their taxes so that their grandchildren could have an iPod and Steve Jobs could get rich. Well, that’s the way the whole society works, but you don’t read about that.
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SHARE to help turn this around. Frankly, I’m embarrassed for my generation. Whether it’s apathy, conspiracy theories, or just laziness, we need this to change.
Tell any professor of government that your vote doesn’t matter and they’ll laugh.
Don’t like the candidates? Fine, just write one in. If everyone did that the next election would look wildly different because our generation would matter to those who wish to run our government.
And early voting is happening in many states already. Andrew and I voted today. Will you?
I don’t give two shits who you vote for, or that you don’t think you count. You know why you don’t count? Because generations of people like you have become convinced that their votes don’t count and their voices don’t matter, by a succession of bought-and-paid-for politicians. The people that own them are counting on you to stay inattentive and silent.
Stop buying their shit. Stand up. Speak up. Cast your vote, in every election. Even if it means voting for your Uncle Bob as a write-in because even he’s smarter than the bozos on offer.
In a democracy every citizen’s single most important responsibility is to engage with other citizens. That’s how democracies get shit done. Rich people and organizations pay others to be engaging and get shit done for them. Private citizens like ourselves have to do all the work ourselves, or we will lose every time.
So get off your ass and for crying out loud, vote. It’s the least you can do.
If the secretary of state doesn’t find out what happened to those applications, he’ll have to answer to a judge.
It’s one thing to misplace your keys, your wallet, a receipt from Macy’s or your favorite pen, but Georgia’s secretary of state cannot account for approximately 40,000 voter-registration applications that, if processed, would enfranchise predominantly black and Hispanic Georgians.
According to an Al-Jazeera report, it’s a sentiment that the staffers at Third Sector Development are expressing. The nonprofit organization was on a mission to register as many black and Hispanic people in the state of Georgia as possible so that voter turnout for the upcoming midterm elections in November would be high. And they were successful at it, until they received word that about half of the applications they submitted for processing have gone missing in action.
“Over the last few months, the group submitted some 80,000 voter-registration forms to the Georgia secretary of state’s office—but as of last week, about half those new registrants, more than 40,000 Georgians, were still not listed on preliminary voter rolls. And there is no public record of those 40,000-plus applications, according to state Rep. Stacey Adams, a Democrat,” Al-Jazeera explained.
Georgia Secretary of State Brain Kemp explained that his office is not doing anything differently from how it usually processes applications. But some people aren’t buying his story, seeing as how he’s a Republican, and black and Hispanic people tend to vote for Democrats.
Georgia Republicans have been raising eyebrows for some time now with regard to early voting and voter-ID issues. One state Republican didn’t like how black and Hispanic voters had easy access to early-voting opportunities.
The “Republican whip of the state Senate complained that DeKalb County, Ga., was making it too easy for minorities to vote by allowing early voting in an area mall close to many predominantly African-American churches,” Think Progress reports.
Third Sector Development is not taking lightly the news that no one knows what became of its hard work to get people to register to vote. The group is going to court so that a judge can look into it.
“To that end, Third Sector Development announced yesterday that, after weeks of fruitless negotiations with the state, they were going to court to find out the status of the missing registrations—or, more to the point, the eligibility of more than 40,000 potential voters,” Al-Jazeera reports.
Woooow. You see how they do??
ELECTION OBSERVERS FOR THE UNITED STATES PLEASE.
This happened at my undergrad—the county courthouse “lost” over a hundred registration cards that had been collected on campus, because they didn’t like the idea of students voting in local elections. But this to orders of magnitude more frightening.
I don’t understand how Scott Brown can bounce back and forth between states running for office and convince people he is more interested in representing them than having political power.
i love those posts that claim that if giant corporations paid their employees a fair wage they would be forced to raise their prices dramatically, as if they’re charitable outfits that never charge more than they absolutely have to, out of the goodness of their hearts
nah they charge as much as they can get away with, and pay as little as they can get away with, in order to maximize profit, welcome to capitalism
After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It
Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.
There’s good news, and then there’s this news. People working together as a community to meet the needs of many. Of course it’s a grocery and not a farm, but there’s no point being bigoted about locally-owned businesses encouraging economic fluidity and growth. This business will be rooted in the local community; its success is wholly dependent on the health of the community and its customers. America needs more home-grown groceries like this, and fewer Wal-Marts and Shop-Rites.
It’s going to take a lot of work, and it’s a drop in the bucket when considered on its own against a backdrop of wage stagnation and economic decline. But hot damn, this news makes me proud to be an American.