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film & discussion: "The Corporation"

Did you know: big corporations such as Nike, Dow Chemicals, Wal-Mart and Monsanto claim to have the same "human rights" such as freedom of speech, right to privacy, protection from discrimination, as you do? This is the idea of "corporate personhood," exposed, detailed and analysed in the critically acclaimed documentary film "The Corporation" by Michael Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan.
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end co. p-hood flier
Of course, corporations have no physical body; they don't need clean air and water like you do; they can exist in multiple locations across the globe at the same time; and they can live forever, unlike mere mortals like you and me. They can "speak" much louder than you and reach millions of people in an instant, thanks to their PR devices and networks. In many, many obvious ways, corporations are not at all "persons" like you or me!

Yet, because of shady twists in less-known U.S. History starting somewhere around 1886, corporations have been claiming their "human rights" under the U.S. Constitution 14th Amendment...and surprisingly, been successful in getting the same (and in effect, much more) benefits as We the People. The result? World wide abuse of human rights for the workers, disruption of environment everywhere on earth, downright theft of the "commons" (clean air, water, healthy land, education, etc.), to name a few.

So how did this happen? What is going on? What can we the people, actual human citizens, do about it?

Come to find out at the film showing "The Corporation" this Friday at:
First Unitarian Church, Daisy Bingham Room
1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland Oregon
March 18th Friday, 6:30 pm
This is a free event ($5 donation requested, but no one turned away for lack of fund). Refreshments and discussion will follow.

We also have more showings:
April 10th, Sunday 1:00 pm at Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue
April 22th, Friday 6:30 pm at First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Avenue
Great idea. 17.Mar.2005 19:18

Shawn

Awesome. I'll definitely show.