Oct 19, 2010

Greens Call for an End to Corporate Personhood

From Green Change:
110 Green Party candidates nationwide are calling for a “Green New Deal” to end the legal doctrine of corporate personhood, which grants corporations constitutional rights that had previously been reserved for people.
In addition, in August the U.S. Green Party endorsed “stripping [corporations] of artificial ‘personhood’ and constitutional protections,” along with “revoking the charters of corporations that routinely violate safety, health, environmental protection or other laws.”
In contrast, neither the Democratic nor the Republican parties support ending corporate personhood, or revoking the corporate charters of lawless corporations.
“Democrats and Republicans together have installed the judges who have brought corporate rule to America,” said Gary Ruskin, co-founder of Green Change, a national political organization.  “If you want to fix the economy, clean up corruption in Washington, and save the environment, then vote Green to abolish corporate personhood.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No 20th century or 21st century Supreme Court decision has said that corporations are the same as persons. This is a phony issue.

As to the US Supreme Court decision Citizens United v FEC, that concerns the First Amendment. The First Amendment free speech provision protects speech regardless of who the speaker is. It says, "Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech." It doesn't just relate to individuals; it protects group speech as well.