No More Corporate Control
By Jim Carey
The film highlights communities fighting back against the massive lobbying efforts of: factory farms, hydrofracking for natural gas, toxic waste incinerators, sewer sludge pits and coal mines.
Occupy San Miguel Meeting presents
Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control, a conversation with Tom Linzey
Mon, Nov 10, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Tom Linzey, the executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a nonprofit law firm, tells us about their legal strategies to elevate local communities over the rights claimed by corporations.
On September 16, 2006, Tamaqua, a town of 7,000 and 100 miles west of Philadelphia, was the first town to legally assert their right to build a local sustainable community. Since then, Pittsburg and 150 other municipalities in eight states have acknowledged that we are in the midst of an escalating ecological crisis. They believe that sustainability will never be achieved by leaving those decisions in the hands of a few. The right to local self-government must enable communities to reject unsustainable economic and environmental policies set by state and federal governments, and enable communities to construct legal frameworks using the “rights of nature” for charting a future towards sustainable energy production, land development, and water use.
Communities are challenging the legal doctrines of corporate constitutional rights. Korematsu VS US (1944) and Dred Scott VS Sanford (1857) are reminders of the court’s errors. In a 2013 landmark decision, Judge O’Dell-Seneca citing sections of the 1776 Pennsylvania Constitution in support of her contention that corporations were never intended to be constitutionally protected persons declared that “it is axiomatic that corporations, companies, and partnerships have no spiritual nature, feelings, intellect, beliefs, thoughts, emotions, or sensations, because they do not exist in the manner that humankind exists… They cannot be let alone by government, because businesses are but grapes, ripe upon the vine of law, that the people of the Commonwealth raise, tend and prune at their pleasure and need.”
Now, as the lame duck session of the US congress begins, corporate lobbyists are supporting the passage of fast-tracking the treaty referred to as the: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP or TppA). If fast-tracking passes, the TPP, along with Citizens United, will be another nail in the coffin of democracy of, by and for the people. More information on this is available at www.Citizen.org and at Occupy San Miguel and the Center for Global Justice’s table at the Saturday organic market. The film is Monday, November 10 at 1pm in the TV room of the Quinta Loreto Hotel, Loreto 15, free and followed by a discussion.