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Los Angeles becomes the first major US city to vote against corporate personhood.

BREAKING NEWS: LOS ANGELES BECOMES FIRST MAJOR U.S. CITY TO VOTE AGAINST CORPORATE PERSONHOOD

On December 6th, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to vote against corporate personhood and further call for a Constitutional Amendment asserting that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not free speech. The unanimous vote was witnessed in Council chambers packed by a standing room only crowd of hundreds of people as well as a overflow room filled to capacity by enthusiastic supporters. The resolution was sponsored by City Council President Eric Garcetti and seconded by Council Members Bill Rosendahl and Paul Krekorian with passionate support by Council Members Richard Alarcon,and Paul Koretz. The action is in response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which gives corporations the same 1st Amendment protections as people and allows them to spend unlimited funds on campaign finance.

Said Mary Beth Fielder, Move To Amend- LA founder, who spearheaded the effort to bring the resolution to the LA City Council. "It's a great day for Los Angeles and it's a great day for the United States of America. I hope this is the vote heard around the world and that it will inspire other who want to reclaim our democracy to begin organizing in their communities. Together we can build the grassroots support we need to actually amend our constitution."

"Every struggle to amend the constitution began as just a group of regular Americans who wanted to end slavery, who thought women should vote, who believed that if you're old enough to be drafted, you should be old enough to vote," said Council President Eric Garcetti. "These are how American amendments move forward from the grassroots when Americans say enough is enough. We're very proud to come together and send a message but more than that, this becomes the official position of the City of Los Angeles, we will officially lobby for this. I also chair a group which oversees all the Democratic mayors and council members in the country and we're going to share this with all our 3,000 members and we hope to see this start here in the west and sweep the nation until one day we do have a constitutional amendment which will return the power to the people. "

"What we saw in that chamber today was the beginning of a sea change in the way people think about politics in America and I hope that this will be the first day of a long and sustained movement that changes the way we represent ourselves and the way we demand the kind of government that we deserve," said Council Member Paul Krekorian.

"I could not believe the coalition of energy that filled the council chambers today," said Council Member Bill Rosendahl. "It made a huge difference. It was democracy at its best! "

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Sponsorship is ...

This step against corporate person-hood is important but we have the larger more crucial task of getting media and political systems that run on something other than sponsorship. Its important to recognize that lobbying is a symptom of sponsorship. We can find other models and other or at least sponsorship displacing and undermining business models.

Let me us the space here to request that someone gets the Twitter people to post a general service along with their trending service so that people for instance would know that OWS has been number one for months.

Lets also make sure that videos of the LAPD's treatment of arrested protesters once in detention was unethical and likely unlawful. Lets have some videos of people's first hand telling of the story go viral.

Another sort of non sequitur though- it seem the US has become a lot of what people were paranoid about the USSR over and its going to be important for people to understand that.

And some images for Adbusters magazine. I'd like to know what the calibrated cross sectional area of humanities carbon tailpipe is. Is it the size of the a small state? Also why not fill our landfills with sewage to make the efficient concentration of irresponsible waste maximal. We can then build playgrounds of top of them.

Sponsorship is ...

This step against corporate person-hood is important but we have the larger more crucial task of getting media and political systems that run on something other than sponsorship. Its important to recognize that lobbying is a symptom of sponsorship. We can find other models and other or at least sponsorship displacing and undermining business models.

Let me us the space here to request that someone gets the Twitter people to post a general service along with their trending service so that people for instance would know that OWS has been number one for months.

Lets also make sure that videos of the LAPD's treatment of arrested protesters once in detention was unethical and likely unlawful. Lets have some videos of people's first hand telling of the story go viral.

Another sort of non sequitur though- it seem the US has become a lot of what people were paranoid about the USSR over and its going to be important for people to understand that.

And some images for Adbusters magazine. I'd like to know what the calibrated cross sectional area of humanities carbon tailpipe is. Is it the size of the a small state? Also why not fill our landfills with sewage to make the efficient concentration of irresponsible waste maximal. We can then build playgrounds of top of them.

Anonymous

Please! Stop with the bickering over who was first, guys. Recognize that this was an important first step, and focus on getting the momentum needed for a Constitutional amendment to end this Corporate folly.

If We, the people, were able to overturn the beer prohibition, We can get Corporate Money OUT of CONGRESS, too!

Anonymous

Please! Stop with the bickering over who was first, guys. Recognize that this was an important first step, and focus on getting the momentum needed for a Constitutional amendment to end this Corporate folly.

If We, the people, were able to overturn the beer prohibition, We can get Corporate Money OUT of CONGRESS, too!

Anonymous

On the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York – the Jewish lobby group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has published its ‘investigating report’, on August 30, 2011. The report, entitled ‘Decade of Deceit: Anti-Semitism 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 10 Years Later‘, claims that all those people who believe that Jews or Israel were behind 9/11 terrorist attacks – are anti-Semites.

http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/adl-%E2%80%98blaming-israel-or-jews-for-911-is-anti-semitism%E2%80%99/

Anonymous

On the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York – the Jewish lobby group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has published its ‘investigating report’, on August 30, 2011. The report, entitled ‘Decade of Deceit: Anti-Semitism 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 10 Years Later‘, claims that all those people who believe that Jews or Israel were behind 9/11 terrorist attacks – are anti-Semites.

http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/adl-%E2%80%98blaming-israel-or-jews-for-911-is-anti-semitism%E2%80%99/

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