Occupy Asheville is Back in Action Against the Citizen’s United Ruling
Speakers include Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell, Dr. Errington Thompson, Richard Fireman
WHO: Featured speakers include City Councilman Cecil Bothwell, Dr. Errington Thompson, and Richard Fireman: Occupy Asheville- the 99%, people who are concerned with the corruption of money in our elections and who believe corporations are NOT people.
WHAT: Rally, Moving Picket, Street Theatre.
WHERE: Poster making and picket begins at Pritchard Park. Procession to Federal Building, Asheville, NC
WHEN: Friday January 20, 2012. Poster making at 4:00pm. Speakers begin at 4:30pm. At 5:00pm, a moving picket and street theatre will walk to the Federal building.
MORE: On January 21, 2010 the Supreme Court, with its ruling in Citizen's United vs Federal Elections Commission, ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to spend unlimited money to buy elections and run our government. Occupy Asheville and members of the Asheville community will come together for a Friday action in solidarity with Occupy the Courts – a targeted one day protest at federal courthouses across the United States including the Supreme Court. On Friday, more than 130 cities and over 60 organizations are holding rallies for Occupy the Courts. We will gather signatures for a petition calling for a Constitutional amendment to strip corporations of 'personhood' protections.
"In their Citizens United decision the Supreme Court effectively viewed corporations as persons with rights to use their money as political speech,” explained Occupy Asheville activist Sonny Rawls. “Now multi-national corporations can anonymously flood the local airwaves, print media and billboards with ads full of lies and distortions about a candidate or issue local people care about – destroying the integrity of the democratic process. How can local people fight to improve their community health and living conditions when they can't possibly match the deep pockets of their anonymous opponent?"