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WATCH: How Corporations Stole Your Power, and What You Can Do

This weekend I attended the White River Indie Films festival with Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, Exxon Valdez oil spill survivor, and author of Not One Drop and Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$. We watched Black Wave, a documentary by Robert Cornellier that tells the story the spill and its toxic aftermath.

After the riveting and heartbreaking movie, Riki was kind enough to answer questions from the stunned audience.

“How can Exxon get away with this?!”
“Why did the Supreme Court give in?”
“Why did it take 20 years?”

Riki answers questions like this from people all across the country. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my video camera with me this weekend, otherwise I would have taped Riki’s answers. But, luckily, we have some great video from Riki from a few months ago that I’ve embedded below.

The videos below should answer your questions about the rise of corporate power in this country: how it happened, how it hurts our nation, and how we can correct the problem. First, I’ve included the movie trailer for Black Wave. This should give you a good overview of the corrupting effect that corporate power has on our legal system, and the trampling of lives that occurs when these powers run unchecked.

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Next is a clip from a popular Canadian documentary called The Corporation. It covers much of what Riki talked about this weekend: how corporations were able to steal power from US citizens.

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Finally is a clip from Riki, in which she explains the history of corporate power, and how we, as citizens can—and must—take back control of this country from the corporations.

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If you’d like to stay informed and get involved in the movement to curb corporate power, check out our Facebook group (yes, we’re organizing on Facebook) One Million Strong for the Separation of Corporation and State and UltimateCivics.com.


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