STRIKING DOWN DEMOCRACY: How our Rights are Hijacked by Corporations in our Communities




STRIKING DOWN DEMOCRACY: How our Rights are Hijacked by Corporations in our Communities

Thursday, November 11, 2021 This Collaboration was sponsored by NCRN and Move to Amend.


Laws and regulations passed by local elected officials and citizen-driven ballot initiatives protecting or expanding the health, safety and/or welfare of residents, the environment, and "democracy" are increasingly overturned by state and federal elected officials and courts. Political, economic, social, environmental and psychological harms are the results. This anti-democratic preemption of local decisions is due to a culture and constitutional rules protecting property and profit over people and the planet.

Learn about this problem and solutions both from the bottom-up and top-down from two organizations that centralize creating authentic democracy and abolishing corporate constitutional rights.

Speakers: YouTube links for each speaker's presentation.

Chad Nicholson, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (Pennsylvania)

Susie Beiersdorfer, Ohio Community Rights Network

Debra Fant, Lincoln Country Community Rights (Oregon)

Jessica Munger, Program Director, Move to Amend

Michael Tucker, Los Angeles Move to Amend MTA articles and MTA website pages shared during the program:

The We the People Amendment, HJR48

Corporate Constitutional Rights Resources

Examples of Corporate Rule

State Preemption as Barrier to Local Control

Corporate Rule Preempting Ohio's Home Rule

Movement Education Program

Podcast hosted by several Move to Amend staffers: Agitated podcast

 

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