Move To Amend Event In Asheville


This came into my Asheville FM.org in box. Correct me if I’m wrong about this, but to my mind this is one of those rare issues where no matter what your spot on the political spectrum, we can all agree something needs to be done.

You can check out the website here.

In any case, here is the notice:

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2012


(Asheville, North Carolina) – The Buncombe County Chapter of Move to Amend will host a community forum on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” with guest speaker David Cobb, the spokesperson for the National Move to Amend Campaign. The event will take place July 7th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, One Edwin Place at Charlotte Street.

The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United V. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. More recently, on June 25 the Court ruled in a summary judgment (American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock) that, in light of Citizens United, Montana may no longer enforce its own century-own anticorruption law.

Mr. Cobb will lead a presentation on the history behind Citizens United and how communities can work to abolish corporate personhood and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people. “Corporate personhood” is the legal doctrine that allows corporations to enjoy the rights of people including the right to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.

“Corporate personhood is not an inconsequential legal technicality.  The Supreme Court ruled that a corporation was a ‘legal person’ with 14th Amendment protections before they granted full personhood to African Americans, immigrants, natives, or women”, states Mr. Cobb.

Representative Patsy Keever recently introduced a resolution to the North Carolina House of Representatives in support of this constitutional amendment.

The forum will focus on how the community can join the national movement against corporate personhood. The first of a series of actions and rallies planned for Asheville and Buncombe County, the forum is open to the public and will include a question-and-answer session.

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  1. Tim Peck says:

    Individuals have rights. They do not lose those rights when they organize and cooperate in groups; whether a corporation or a union.

    “Citizens United dealt a serious blow to the further growth of campaign finance laws, supporters of which are determined and outspoken. But the controversy is shocking from the standpoint of the law at issue: It prevented a nonprofit group from distributing a film that criticized a candidate, Hillary Clinton, during her run for the presidency in 2008. During oral arguments in the case, the government admitted campaign finance laws could be applied to prevent corporations from publishing and distributing not only films but also books that said the wrong things during election cycles. Banning films and books? The First Amendment states: “’Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.’”

    “A lot of people (mostly on the left, but often on the right as well) view corporations, ‘big business,’ and the rich as having power over individuals that is similar to the power that governments possess, which is the power to compel. If you think spending money in voluntary transactions amounts to force, then you are going to want to control that spending, even when the money is used to buy speech that attempts to convince people to vote one way or the other.”

  2. TJ says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Glad you got the information. I gave the person your info, because they wanted more info public, and, I told him SH folks would likely share it. Glad I didn’t lie 😉

    We will be collaborating in this event, and hope it will be a springboard to ongoing actions which will engage more folks not with Occupy, Move On, or other action groups, yet.

    There are two potential actions shortly after this, and, if anyone is interested, I will be glad to help get more info out, and you can use how you will.

    Thanks for posting this.

  3. Ascend of Asheville says:

    Thanks TJ,
    Kim Roney at AFM will be recording an interview tomorrow with the national spokesman, David Cobb, to play during the News Hour tomorrow night. This Sunday I will be speaking with Ruth Christie of the local group on my show as well, so we are fully involved in moving this forward and hoping for a great turnout.
    Thanks for your help making connections. Keep in touch.