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Riki Ott: 4 Positive, Practical Steps for Responding to Citizens United
Posted By dpacheco On January 26, 2010 @ 10:57 pm In Politics & Social Justice | No Comments
It’s easy to get cynical and discouraged by the Supreme Court ruling that:
Easy to get discouraged, yes. Understandable to be disgusted with the whole system, yes. But not constructive. Author  Riki Ott has some practical steps you can take to get up off the floor, dust yourself off, and do something with your anger and frustration.
From YES! magazine:
First, BREATHE deeply and look out a window.
If you can’t see a mountain, river, forest, wetland, ocean, prairie, tundra, or even a patch of sky, close your eyes and imagine it. We aren’t any good for anything if we’re in a panic or funk.
Second, GET INFORMED.
Citizens United is merely the last straw in a haystack of (successful) corporate attempts to extend corporate constitutional “rights” to corporate persons.
The expansion of corporate rights began over 200 years ago as the anti-corporate fervor from the American Revolution began to fade. The U.S. Supreme Court blurred the distinction between “natural persons,” or real, living human beings, and “artificial persons”—corporations—in 1886 when it conferred the 14th Amendment right of “equal protection of the laws” to an artificial person, a railroad corporation, in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. Since then, the Supreme Court has  handed out other human rights to artificial persons (corporations), including the battery of First Amendment rights leading to Citizens United.
Since Santa Clara, literally hundreds—perhaps thousands—of local, state, federal, and international laws that attempt to protect our environment, our elections, our safety and health, and our right to organize have been overturned as a result of this doctrine. Armed with human rights and legal privileges,  corporations have amassed enormous wealth and power and disabled democracy within all three branches of our government.
Article printed from Chelsea Green: www.chelseagreen.com
URL to article: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/riki-ott-4-positive-practical-steps-for-responding-to-citizens-united/
URLs in this post:
 Riki Ott: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/riki_ott
 handed out other human rights: http://www.ultimatecivics.org/resource.php
 corporations have amassed enormous wealth and power: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/issues/stand-up-to-corporate-power/who-will-rule
 Read the whole article here.: http://cms.yesmagazine.org/people-power/4-positive-practical-steps-for-responding-to-citizens-united
 WATCH: Separation of Corporation and State: The 28th Amendment: http://www.chelseagreen.com/tv/episode/1527493/
 WATCH: Stephen Colbert Takes on the Corporatization of America: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/stephen-colbert-takes-on-the-corporatization-of-america/
 WATCH: Maine Town Passes Ordinance Stripping Corporations of Personhood: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/watch-maine-town-passes-ordinance-stripping-corporations-of-pers