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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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Anonymous

Adbusters is a corporation (made up of people, of course). I guess they shouldn't have the right to publish anything supporting a particular candidate in the days leading up to an election, if they chose to do so?

"Corporations" aren't just Haliburton and RJR Nabisco. They are every LLC and mom-and-pop shop in the country.

You people really need to think about the big picture a little bit more.

Anonymous

Adbusters is a corporation (made up of people, of course). I guess they shouldn't have the right to publish anything supporting a particular candidate in the days leading up to an election, if they chose to do so?

"Corporations" aren't just Haliburton and RJR Nabisco. They are every LLC and mom-and-pop shop in the country.

You people really need to think about the big picture a little bit more.

Anonymous

The implication is not that corporations should not have the ability to expression, but that we cannot apply constitutionally protected rights to a group simply because it is incorporated as a legal entity. The rights of groups such as corporations can be debated, but should be done so outside of the framework of 'personhood.'
The idea that a corporation is based on a charter with a specific relationship with the community which issues the charter is an idea that has slipped away from the discourse in the last century. With this said, we have to balance this with protections for free association and arbitrary legal definitions of groups for the purposes of regulation or prosecution. But if a charter is applied for to grant certain privileges such as limited liability, tax status and such, it is within the rights of an issuing community to request specific restrictions on conduct in exchange. Much of this issue would be rendered moot if we could as a society begin to transition to a flatter, democratic business model and by extension a more decentralized economic model.

Anonymous

The implication is not that corporations should not have the ability to expression, but that we cannot apply constitutionally protected rights to a group simply because it is incorporated as a legal entity. The rights of groups such as corporations can be debated, but should be done so outside of the framework of 'personhood.'
The idea that a corporation is based on a charter with a specific relationship with the community which issues the charter is an idea that has slipped away from the discourse in the last century. With this said, we have to balance this with protections for free association and arbitrary legal definitions of groups for the purposes of regulation or prosecution. But if a charter is applied for to grant certain privileges such as limited liability, tax status and such, it is within the rights of an issuing community to request specific restrictions on conduct in exchange. Much of this issue would be rendered moot if we could as a society begin to transition to a flatter, democratic business model and by extension a more decentralized economic model.

Anonymous

Adbusters is a not for profit magazine and website. As such is an appropriate form for collective political speech to take. If Nabisco made political "speech" directly (i.e Nabisco heartily supports this issue or candidate) that would indeed be analogous to adbusters publishing something.

Corporatist Anon said "they are every LLC and mom and pop in the country"

Right..... Corporations are a normally distributed population of rationally acting entities.... And certainly have never abused their unique status of being afforded all the rights of people with none of the culpability....

Anonymous

Adbusters is a not for profit magazine and website. As such is an appropriate form for collective political speech to take. If Nabisco made political "speech" directly (i.e Nabisco heartily supports this issue or candidate) that would indeed be analogous to adbusters publishing something.

Corporatist Anon said "they are every LLC and mom and pop in the country"

Right..... Corporations are a normally distributed population of rationally acting entities.... And certainly have never abused their unique status of being afforded all the rights of people with none of the culpability....

Anonymous

Why would my company (an inanimate entity) or any other company want to influence the election of someone? or the converse... How about we vote Mickey Mouse TM (inanimate object) for president?

Democracy is stupid anyway - 5 wolves and 2 sheep voting what's for dinner.

Anonymous

Why would my company (an inanimate entity) or any other company want to influence the election of someone? or the converse... How about we vote Mickey Mouse TM (inanimate object) for president?

Democracy is stupid anyway - 5 wolves and 2 sheep voting what's for dinner.

Anonymous

dumb argument. democracy doesn't come to be in a society of 5 wolves and 2 sheep. the premise is that there's more sheep than wolves, and the sheep get to keep wolves in check.

Anonymous

dumb argument. democracy doesn't come to be in a society of 5 wolves and 2 sheep. the premise is that there's more sheep than wolves, and the sheep get to keep wolves in check.

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