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I'm the Director of the Economic Justice & Empowerment Program of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker social action organization; coordinator of Ohio Move to Amend; and a member of the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD), a collective which instigates democratic conversations and actions that contest the authority of corporations to govern.
Supreme Authority: The Growing Power of the US Supreme Court and Democratic Alternatives
The constitutional doctrines claiming "corporations are persons" and "money equals speech" and their effects are not the only fundamental threats to what remains of our democracy. An additional and increasing assault is the U.S. Supreme Court itself -- not simply its decisions and their impact, but also its very structure. Alternatives judicial structures exist in other nations.
Sunday, February 23, 2014(6 comments)
Banking on Never-Ending Power and Rights
Banking corporations are THE most powerful subset of corporations not only because of their "product" -- money -- but because they are corporate "persons" with inalienable constitutional rights. Thus, reducing the power of banking corporations and achieving real monetary reform is not possible unless their is real change to the constitution -- namely abolishing never intended corporate constitutional rights.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013(1 comments)
Government Shutdown vs Democracy Shutdown
While people are rightly upset about the government shutdown, people are becoming increasingly upset about our centuries long "democracy shutdown" -- the immobility of government to represent the public interest vs the interests of corporations and the wealthy 1%. While the government shutdown will soon end, the "democracy shutdown" won't until we amend the constitution to end corporate personhood and money as speech.
Thursday, May 9, 2013(3 comments)
127 Reasons Why Reversing Citizens United is NOT Enough
Reversing Citizens United would reverse some portions of corporate 1st Amendment free speech "rights," but it won't address the many other Bill of Rights (including other types of free speech "rights") and other Constitutional protections that corporations have high jacked for 127 years used to acquire and expand their power and control. They would all remain.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A Call for the Tea Party and Occupy Movements to "Occupy the Courts"
The Tea Party movement's disdain for big, unchecked government power and the Occupy movement's disdain for big, unchecked banking power can find common ground in the effort to end never-intended corporate "personhood" constitutional rights. Both should help organize one-day occupations of more than 75 federal courthouses across the country on January 20, 2012.
Thursday, November 10, 2011(3 comments)
The country is broken because the system is fixed
Proponents of a Senate resolution claim it will "Reverse Citizens United," the 2010 Supreme Court decision expanding corporate constitutional rights. It won't. The real solution is abolishing all corporate constitutional rights and the legal doctrine that money is speech.
Sunday, July 24, 2011(1 comments)
Eliminating Rather than Exploiting the Debt Crisis
Spending cuts and tax increases are presented by the President and Congressional leaders as the only two options to address the current debt crisis. But there's a third choice -- one that will eliminate the debt...forever. It will also (re)assert democratic control over our money system. Democratic monetary reform eliminates the entire $14.3 trillion by issuing and circulating US money.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Industrial horizontal drilling with massive slick water hydraulic fracturing (known as "fracking") poses tremendous risks to our communities. But the threats are more than physical and environmental. They're political. Industrial drilling for natural gas is fracturing the very bedrock of what's left of our democracy at the local level based on current laws.
"One Nation" March Organizers Should Remember Coxey's Army
Organizers of the October 2 "One Nation Working Together" DC march for jobs should remember the demand of those who organized and took part in the first national "jobs march." Ohioan Jacob Coxy and his "Army" of 500 marchers demanded that the federal government issue their own money to hire people to meet the economic needs of both urban and rural people. "Democratizing money" should be included in the October 2 march demands.
Thank You Supreme Court
Thanking the Supreme Court for their Citizens United decision. By blatently expanding corporate constitutional rights, the task of abolishing corporate personhood has now become easier.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Voices of Descent and Dissent: The G-20 and People's Movements
The G-20 gathering in Pittsburgh is not just another global gathering of government leaders and corporate CEOs. The group of finance ministers and central bankers have come together for a reason that many activists fail to grasp: to globalize banking and money creation -- at the expense of self-governance and the ability to address the social, economic and environmental needs we want.