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Occupy Houston Forum On Corporate Personhood

Below are details of an upcoming Occupy Houston event pertaining to corporate personhood in the United States.

We say corporations have the same rights as do people in our nation, yet they don’t serve in our wars or get called for jury duty.

Move to Amend is working for a constitutional amendment  to end corporate personhood.

Here are some facts on corporate personhood and on the Move to Amend campaign.

Here is the Occupy Houston event—

On Friday evening, January 20, join us for “Corporate Personhood vs. Your Personhood: Who Has More Rights?”  This panel discussion commemorates the 2nd anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC, the latest in over a century of Supreme Court decisions establishing the doctrines that corporations are people and money is speech. Panelists include politician Chris Bell, lifelong activist Arthur Shaw, and legal scholar Leslie Griffin.

This event is from 7:30 PM–10 PM

University of Houston, main campus, SEC building room 102, FREE PARKING! Drive down Cullen to park in the stadium lot across from Entrance 14. Walk across the street into Entrance 14 and you’ll see the SEC building immediately to your left

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January 11, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Eligibility for military or jury duty is a lousy way to determine who should have rights. If you’re using those items as a standard, you’ll end up with absurd results.

    And I suppose you haven’t considered the irony of a corporation using its right to speech in order to hold an event opposing rights for corporations. People don’t give up their rights when they work in concert with one another.

    “Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution”

    I have no idea how you square this with the real world. Could the Sierra Club sue over environmental problems? Could government agents search union offices for any reason at any time without warrants? If a business (or a club, or a church, or another entity) were sued or prosecuted, could it be denied legal representation?

    These are serious questions without good answers, because the Move to Amend people say that rights — things like access to the courts, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, and the right to counsel — belong to natural persons only.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | January 12, 2012

  2. That is a long reply on your part to the fact that people are tired of corporate power in this nation. Just go review what Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have been saying about Mitt Romney’s predatory business practices.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 12, 2012

  3. Will you address any of the questions I raised?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | January 13, 2012

  4. The issue is the imbalance in our nation between the power of big money and the power of everyday citizens. That is a question you neither raise nor have any desire to solve.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 13, 2012

  5. Neil, artificial entities — from General Electric to the Kiwanis Club to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston — are made up of everyday citizens.

    Do you realize that under the amendment you support, the church would have no right to host that event? The state could authorize it or not. And if the church sought protection in the courts, the courts could hear the case or not.

    The lawlessness of the idea is one of the many reasons it will not be considered by Congress, much less have any chance of being added to the Constitution.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | January 14, 2012

  6. Your reflexive defense of the most powerful will lead you to use even a liberal Unitarian church as a shield. I’m sure they are glad for your support. Move to Amend will continue to be debated and to highlight the abuses of corporate personhood by the most wealthy and greedy.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 14, 2012

  7. I’m defending the Unitarian church, Neil. Meanwhile, you’re demanding that the Constitution be amended to remove its rights.

    Your target is for-profit business corporations, but you’ll allow churches, unions, associations, political parties and other entities to be collateral damage.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | January 14, 2012


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