In 1886, a court reporter, former president of the Newburgh and New York Railway Company, J.C. Bancroft Davis, wrote an undeliberated headnote to the Supreme Court decision Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad that first advanced the idea of the fictional entities of business corporations as “persons” like living human beings.
In 2010 this anti-citizen principle was expanded by the Supreme Court decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010. Join us January 20 to protest free speech for corporations in the form of unfettered speech to electoral campaigns. We are now working to get corporate money out of politics. It’s a threat to our very democratic process.
We will arrive at Thomas Paine Plaza at 12 noon on Friday January 20 to hear guest speakers. From there we will march to Independence Hall.
Occupy the Courts will raise public voices at Federal courthouses across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Here in Philadelphia, we will lead the charge on the judiciary which created — and continues to expand — corporate personhood rights.
Wear a button-down shirt and tie under a long black robe. Pin fake money and corporate logos to the robe, such as AIG, Bank of America, Citizens United, Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, and the words GOPAC, ActBlue, Super PAC and Super-Duper PAC, 527. No masks.
Americans across the country must insist that “Corporations are NOT people! Money is NOT Speech!” Join us in shouting these truths at the top of your lungs. http://MoveToAmend.org/occupythecourts