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Knowing History is Key to Saying No to Corporate Rights

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- August 10, 1943 -- Birth of Richard Grossman, co-founder of the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD)

"Sovereignty is in our hands now" when the people running a corporation assume rights and powers which the sovereign had not bestowed or when they assault the sovereign people, this entity becomes an affront to our body politic. And like a cancer ravaging a human body, such a rebellious corporation must be cut out of our body politic. "

- September 5, 1964 -- Death of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, labor leader, activist, and feminist

"History has a long-range perspective. It ultimately passes stern judgment on tyrants and vindicates those who fought, suffered, were imprisoned, and died for human freedom, against political oppression and economic slavery."

- October 7, 2015 - Article, "Black Cooperative Economics During Enslavement, An Interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard" by Beverly Bell and Natalie Miller

"Black cooperative history closely parallels the larger African-American civil rights and Black Liberation movements. After more than 10 years of research, I've found that in pretty much all of the places where Blacks were trying to assert their civil rights, their independence, their human rights, they also were either practicing or talking about the need to utilize cooperative economics in one form or another. click here

- November 3, 1998 -- Arcata, CA becomes first U.S. community to pass an anti-corporate personhood bill

By a vote of 3193 to 2056 (60.83% to 39.17%), the citizens of Arcata supported Measure F, "The Arcata Advisory Measure on Democracy and Corporations" which called on the Arcata City Council to co-sponsor two town hall meetings to address the issue, "Can we have democracy when large corporations wield so much power and wealth under law?" and to immediately establish policies and programs which ensure democratic control over corporations conducting business within the city and in a manner that would ensure the health and well-being of the community and its environment. Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County organized the initiative.

- December 12, 1745 -- Birth of John Jay, first president of the Continental Congress and first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

"The people who own the country ought to govern it."

Short, sweet and to the point by one of our original founding plutocrats.

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Sharing this important history in "bite sized" amounts each week we feel satisfies a desired craving for easily digestible information on issues that has for too long been either buried or misrepresented. It's short, historically accurate, interconnected, interesting, sometimes humorous entries add up to an unapologetic call for a nonviolent democracy movement that strives for major changes to address the major political, legal, economic, environmental and social problems of our times.

Knowing some of the "real" history of corporations, democracy and oppression of our nation is vital to not only saying no to corporate rights but also working affirmatively for authentic democracy.

To subscribe to the free REAL Democracy History Calendar, go to https://realdemocracyhistorycalendar.wordpress.com/about

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