Thursday, July 8, 2010

Corporate Persons & Call to Action

From Dan Cantor, Working Families Party, please forward. With a coupla comments from me. Ironic, no horrific, ruling a while back, coming on as one train car of many that are filled with pieces of law that bolster corporate person status while further subjugating individuals--persons & our bodies. This, too, while I'm busy working on a talk & workshop on commoning & the body. Remember: corporate personhood legislation has been modified in parallel with the stripping of individual rights (habeas corpus, labor rights, etc) for many years now, more fully in the past decade. So, time to act. Only thing: we actually have LESS rights than corporations do in regard to political campaign dollars. Just a minor correction to what is otherwise an important call to action from WFP. Not ideal legislation by any stretch, but the proposal would get us occult body parts a little bit more substance, i.e., existence, in relation to the thinking thing that is this evil demon that apparently owns us and determines our movements. List of telephone numbers @ the link below: 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made one of its worst rulings in decades: It said that large corporations are legally considered "people" with the same Constitutional Rights as you or I to speak out - and spend money - in political campaigns

That stunning ruling opened the floodgates for big business to influence our elections. BP or Goldman Sachs can now spend millions more to help elect candidates who will do their bidding in office. 

But real people like you and me can still fight back - and if we act now, New York State can lead that fight. 

Our State Legislature is about to vote on a law that would make all New York-based companies get shareholder approval before they spend money for political purposes. Can you e-mail your State Legislators right now to make sure they support this bill?

If this compaign finance reform bill passes, anyone who owns stock in a New York corporation will get to vote on what candidates or political causes that company can support. If a majority of shareholders vote against certain political spending, then the corporation can't do it. 

This law -- proposed by Senate Majority Leader John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- would give real people a say in corporate political spending without violating the Supreme Court's ruling. It's an important first step to limit corporate influence in our elections, and could become a national model. 

And that's not all this reform bill does. It also requires all people or groups who spend over $1,000 to influence a New York election to publicly report their spending, and it will make it easier to investigate election irregularities. 

Tell your elected officials to pass this bill now:

Out-of-control corporate spending is one of the most harmful parts of our political process, and one of the hardest to stop. Only a system of public financing of elections can truly limit the power of big special interests and restore our democracy -- but we need to take the first step now. 

If you believe that corporations shouldn't have the same political rights as real people, will you take a moment to email your legislators and urge them to pass this law ASAP?


Dan Cantor
WFP Executive Director

1 comment:

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    – a pizza can get to your house faster than an ambulance.
    – there are handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
    – Sick people must walk to the back of the drugstore to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes in the front.
    – Banks leave both vault doors open, but pens are chained to the counters.
    – Expensive cars sit in the driveways and useless junk fills garages.
    – people use voice mail to screen calls and call waiting to catch every call they might miss.
    – Drive-Up ATM machines feature Braille lettering.

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