Corporate personhood topic of Grass Valley forum |

Corporate personhood topic of Grass Valley forum

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The Nevada County Move to Amend chapter will host a community forum titled "Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule" with guest speaker David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign. Part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action, the event will be at the Banner Grange Hall at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. Cobb, an attorney and national leadership member for Move to Amend, will help residents understand the history behind the recent decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and re-establish a government of, by and for the people.

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. 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," said Cobb, who served as the Green Party's presidential candidate in 2004.

"We are inspired by historic social movements that recognized the necessity of altering fundamental power relationships," Cobb said. "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 effort to make the U.S. Constitution more democratic."

The forum will focus on how residents can join the national movement against corporate personhood. 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.

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More than 315,000 people have signed an online petition supporting a constitutional amendment at

The local forum will take place in the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call Keyan Bliss at 707-269-0984.

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