What better way to use your lunch hour on the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision (in which the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and money is speech) than to rally with others who decry that travesty of justice and call for it to be overturned with a constitutional amendment.
WHEN: Friday, January 20, Noon – 1pm
WHERE: Federal Courthouse, 200 N.W. 4th St.
WHO: Sponsored by Change Oklahoma and Move to Amend
Speakers include Dr. Ed Shadid, councilman for OKC Ward 2.
Over 80 Protests Planned at Courthouses Nationwide Against Supreme Court Ruling that Corporations Are People
Over 80 courthouses, including the Supreme Court and the Federal Court in Oklahoma City, will become the focus of protests against corporate rule on Friday, January 20. Citizens will gather to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision and to promote local action to overturn it through a constitutional amendment and campaign finance reform. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run the government.
Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions corporations. Now, with one court ruling after another that favor elite interests, corporations have been empowered to deny actual citizens the right to full self-governance. With these extraordinary rights, and seemingly bottomless pockets, corporations wield ever-increasing control over jobs, natural assets, elected officials, judges and the law.
We believe corporations are not persons and should possess only the privileges citizens and their elected representatives willfully grant them. We propose a Constitutional Amendment that will overturn the Court-created legal doctrines of corporate personhood and “Money Equals Speech.”