This talk is part of David Cobb's barnstorming tour. Cobb is a founder of the pro-democracy group, Move to Amend. Doors will open at 6PM. The event and parking are free. More information below:
Move To Amend Los Angeles Chapter will host a series of community forums on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” with guest speaker David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign. Part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action, the events will take place over the weekend of September 16-19 In Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Whittier and Pasadena.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. Cobb, an attorney and organizer for the Move to Amend coalition, will help local residents understand the history behind the recent decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people.
“Corporate Personhood” commonly refers to court-created precedent that gives corporations constitutional rights intended solely for human beings. “Corporate personhood is not an inconsequential legal technicality. The Supreme Court ruled that a corporation was a ‘legal person’ with 14th Amendment protections before they granted full personhood to African-Americans, immigrants, natives, or women”, states David Cobb, a spokesperson for Move to Amend and an attorney helping to lead the coalition.
“We are inspired by historic social movements that recognized the necessity of altering fundamental power relationships,” said Cobb. “America has progressed through ordinary people joining together—from the Revolutionaries to Abolitionists, Suffragists, Trade Unionists, and Civil Rights activists through to today. Move to Amend is a long-term effort to make the U.S. Constitution more democratic.”
The forum will focus on how residents can join the national movement against Corporate Personhood. Cobb will provide information about the issue and facilitate a discussion about local action in Los Angeles and surrounding cities to win the amendment campaign through grassroots mobilization.
“We are a diverse coalition with deep roots in communities nationwide. We recognize that amending the Constitution to restore the power of the people over corporations will not be easy, but we know correcting the Supreme Court is imperative to the progress of our nation,” stated Cobb.
Over 132,000 people have signed an online petition supporting a constitutional amendment at www.MoveToAmend.org.
David Cobb’s Biography: David Cobb is a lawyer, political activist, and engaged citizen. He has dedicated his adult life to making the promise of a democratic republic a reality in the United States. He has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need. David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to fulltime activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.
In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke thecharters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and
successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.
David Cobb is currently on staff at Democracy Unlimited and a spokesperson for Move To Amend, a national coalition calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish “Corporate Personhood,” which is the legal doctrine that allows corporations to overturn democratically enacted laws seeking to protect citizens from corporate harm and abuse.
• SANTA MONICA, CA:
o Date: September 17, 2011 – doors at 6:00pm, program 6:30pm - 9:00pm
o Description: COMMUNITY FORUM ON CREATING DEMOCRACY AND CHALLENGING CORPORATE RULE. Los Angeles Move to Amend and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom present a talk with David Cobb, spokesman and organizer with Move to Amend. This Event is free and open to the public. Also invited to speak: Mark Gold, talking about a proposed sustainability bill of rights and Harrison Wills, Student Body President at Santa Monica College.