Monday, September 6, 2010

Celebrate Constitution DAY Sepember 17

Commemorate Constitution Day • Friday, September 17
Celebrate We the People • Condemn We the Corporations • Connect to Move to Amend

The US Constitution says “We the People,” not “We the Corporations.” Nowhere in the Constitution are corporations even mentioned let alone protected and anointed with human rights to do virtually what they want, where they want, whenever they want politically, economically, socially or environmentally.

Constitution Day, September 17, is a terrific opportunity to take this message to your school, your neighborhood, city or town, or your elected officials. Start now to do something: educate, advocate or organize on that date to say and proclaim that constitutional rights belong to human beings, not corporations.

Did you know … publicly funded schools and colleges must set aside time on September 17 for lessons or programs on the Constitution and its history. This makes Constitution Day a prime opportunity for students or teachers to do some educating on behalf of ending corporate personhood.

But there’s no reason to stop at the schoolyard. Everyone should know how our rights have been handed over by the courts to the corporate elite, and that we all need to be part of the movement to get those rights back for people alone. The recent Citizens United v FEC Supreme Court decision granting corporations greater First Amendment free speech rights is just the latest example of the decline of real democracy and self-governance.

How can you celebrate and agitate on Constitution Day?

The Move to Amend website has many different suggestions for individuals or groups who want to raise the issue of corporate personhood—from model letters to the editor, to street theater, to fliers and other resources for tabling events or house parties. Take a look at the list at the end of this “Take Action” update, and at the Organizing Resources pages on our website. And start planning!

As always, thanks for what you’re doing for democracy. Happy Constitution Day!
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