Nevada County Move to Amend will host a community forum on “Constitutional Principals of Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” with guest speaker David Cobb, a spokesman for the Move to Amend campaign.
Part history lesson and part call to action, the event will be at the Banner Grange, 2-4 p.m., on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections, Move to Amend espouses.
Cobb, an attorney and organizer for the Move to Amend coalition, will explain the history behind that decision and how Constitutional principals can be used to abolish “Corporate Personhood.”
Corporate personhood commonly refers to a court-created precedent that gives corporations constitutional rights intended solely for human beings. Corporate personhood is not an inconsequential legal technicality, Move to Amend argues.
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, Cobb notes.
“We are inspired by historic social movements that recognized the necessity of altering fundamental power relationships,” Cobb said in a statement.
“America has progressed through ordinary people joining together — from the Revolutionaries to Abolitionists, Suffragists, Trade Unionists and Civil Rights activists through to today. Move to Amend is a long-term campaign to make the U.S. Constitution more democratic.”
The forum will focus on how citizens of Nevada County can join the national movement. Cobb will provide information about the issue and facilitate a discussion about local action in Nevada County and in communities across the United States to win the amendment campaign through grassroots mobilization.
“We are a diverse coalition with deep roots in communities nationwide,” stated Cobb.
“We recognize that amending the Constitution to restore the power of the people over corporations will not be easy, but we know correcting the Supreme Court is imperative to the progress of our nation.”
The Banner Grange is located at 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.
Coffee and refreshments will be available.
Tickets will be available at BriarPatch for $5 or at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.