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Occupy Houston Forum On Corporate Personhood To Be Held On Jan. 20

(Blogger’s Note–This is a reposting as the event in question draws near. Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.)

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

Former Houston City Council candidate Amy Price has worked hard to put this event together.

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

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

January 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

I’m Glad The Green Party Will Be On The 2010 Texas Ballot

The Green Party of Texas will be allowed to remain on the 2010 Texas statewide ballot.

(Above–Sometimes Democrats want every voice to count. But other times they do not.)

This despite the fact that Republican operatives funded the petition drive to get the Greens on the ballot.

It is true that taking Republican money would appear to be in contradiction to Green beliefs.

On the other hand, it is difficult to come up with the money for a statewide petition drive in Texas to gain ballot access.

Statewide ballot access in Texas in 2010 required about 44,000 valid signatures. And as anybody who has ever gathered signatures can tell you, many signatures are for various reasons not going to be accepted.  You always have to turn in many more signatures than required to be certain you’ll make the ballot.

If any Green candidate in Texas gets 5% on November ballot, Greens will get automatic ballot access for 2012 in Texas.

Because there is a Green candidate in a statewide race this year in Texas where no Democrat is running, this 5% goal may well be reached.

Republicans and Democrats collude across the country to deny ballot access to third parties. Only when it serves the interests of one of the mainstream parties is an exception made to this unspoken pact.

Republicans and Democrats across the country are drowning in corporate money.

In a recent Pennsylvania case,  Democrats sought big money damages from Greens as part of a contested ballot access fight.

The State Democratic in Texas plans to go after money damages as well. (It is at the bottom of the story linked to here.)

What is the point of this but harassment?

Our ballot is not the property of the two mainstream parties. While I will vote for many Texas Democrats in 2010, I will also likely vote for at least one Green candidate as well to help Greens gain ballot access for 2012 and to help Greens build a party structure for the challenges ahead.

Here is what Democrats could do—They could win a statewide election for once. The Green party is not why no Democrat has won a statewide election in at least the 12 years I’ve lived in Texas. The 2006 Democratic nominee for Governor—a man named Chris Bell—could not even muster 30% of the vote.

Here is the blog Ballot Access News.

Here is the blog Green Party Watch.

Here is the Green Party of Texas.

Here is the Green Party of Harris County, Texas.

July 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

It Might Be Best If Travis & Alabama Democratic HQ. Had Noriega Bumper Stickers

I visited the midtown headquarters for our Harris County Democratic campaign this morning. This office is located at 3710 Travis at the corner of Alabama & Travis.

I got a couple of Obama bumper stickers.  I asked if they had a Rick Noriega for Senate bumper sticker. They did not. The only other bumper sticker was for State Senate candidate Chris Bell. They did have yard signs for many candidates on the county ticket. 

While at the HQ, I heard another man ask for a Noriega sticker.  

I feel it might be best if this busy campaign office had bumper stickers for all Democrats running in Harris County and Texas. And that it might be best if all candidates on the Democratic ticket in Harris County had bumper stickers in the first place so voters could show support in this easy and accessible way.  

These are my views on this subject.

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Night With Al Franken & Chris Bell

 

I attended a fundraiser last week for Al Franken hosted by 2006 Texas gubernatorial nominee Chris Bell. The event was held in Downtown Houston at the Rice Hotel.

Mr. Franken is running for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota for the chance to oppose vulnerable Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Mr. Franken said he was the likely primary winner and running within five points of Mr. Coleman. 

I learned about the event on Perry Dorrell’s blog. Mr. Dorrell wrote that he is saving his money to elect Rick Noriega to the U.S. Senate from Texas. That’s a good position to take and I’ve donated to Mr. Noriega.

However, it’s also important that Paul Wellstone’s seat be won again by a Democrat.

I think Mr. Franken shares many of what were Mr. Wellstone’s values.

Mr. Wellstone was a true liberal who was neither strident in tone nor remote from average people. I was an original donor to Wellstone Action and I’ve donated at least twice since.

The invitation for the event at the Rice suggested $500 as a minimum contribution. I called the Franken people and said I did not have $500. They were nice.  They had my name at the door when I arrived. I gave them $50.

Mr. Bell said he knew Mr. Franken from appearing on Air America when Mr. Bell was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Houston and pursuing ethics charges against the disgraced Tom DeLay.

Mr. Franken hit all the right notes in his talk at the fundraiser. He discussed public funding for campaigns, universal health care and the War in Iraq.

Mr. Franken also talked about how he had been to Iraq twice on USO tours before Mr. Coleman had visited that nation a first time as Senator.

Mr. Franken said he was going to run a tough campaign against Mr. Coleman. He said he will hit back against negative attacks.  

Mr. Coleman has hired the same smear artists who ran the ads linking, in essence, former Georgia Senator and disabled Vietnam Vet Max Cleland to Osama.

I spoke to Mr. Franken for about two minutes. I asked him if he enjoyed this process of attending fundraisers and campaigning. He said he did enjoy the process and that he liked meeting people.

There you have my Texas Liberal exclusive—Al Franken likes meeting people.      

I’m looking forward to Mr. Franken’s victory just over a year from now.

October 29, 2007 Posted by | Houston, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , | 4 Comments