This July 4th, in communities across the nation, it's time to shout out and
Declare our Independence from Corporate Rule
Now is the time to follow in the footsteps of Ronnie Dugger, one of AfD’s founders. On July 4, 1997, he stood in front of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and read his own “Declaration of Independence from Corporate Rule.”
A lot has changed since then, and not always for the better. After the 2010 Citizens United decision, for instance, money from the super-wealthy and corporate treasuries has poured into elections, drowning out the people’s voice. Today, thanks to that decision, we face even more challenges as we seek to create a functioning democracy of for and by the people.
But we're not alone. Outrage over the outsize influence that deep-pocketed funders have on every aspect of government is growing fast. The Move to Amend coalition, formed to amend the Constitution to declare that corporations are not people and money is not speech, is growing, and its members, from environmental to labor to student to faith groups, are coming to realize, as Ronnie and the Alliance did so many years ago, that the issue behind every issue is ending corporate rule.
This July 4th, join in local festivities and declare your community's Independence from Corporate Rule. Celebrate the determination of generations of activists and defend your Constitutional rights from the “big corporations and the centimillionaires and billionaires” Dugger wrote about in “The Call.”
For your July 4th parade and picnic:
✔ Declaration of Independence from Corporate Rule. Print out a large, half-sheet version or a quarter-size version for the July 4th Parade, tabling and leafleting. Be sure to sign up to be in your local July 4th parade and community celebration with a table.
✔ Take the Message to the Streets. Great ideas are posted here for street theater and visibility to draw a crowd, including:
• Dress up as the Corporate Supreme Court In-Justices
• Perform “The Prosecution of Judge Waite” and educate people about the famous 1886 Santa Clara decision that established corporate personhood
• Put on a Corporate Personhood Skit
• Be “I Miss Democracy”
✔ Write an op-end or a Letter to the Editor. Here’s ten talking points, an article by Greg Coleridge, and information that indicate the American public believes the Citizens United decision was wrong, that corporations should not be persons and that money is not speech.
✔ Order brochures and bumper stickers now from Barbara at 781-894-1179, or email@example.com.
Thanks for all you do for democracy,
Nancy Price and David Delk
Co-chairs, Alliance for Democracy
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