The case seemed innocuous: the law suit, South Pacific Railroad vs. Santa Clara County, was about taxing of lampposts. Yet a court clerk who was bribed by the railroad barons, sneaked in a little head note in the final verdict...which claimed that corporations are "persons," just like you and me!
That, in a sense, was the birth of all these problems we face today. Even though We the People were never officially even asked or consulted, with the little sneaky headnote of a court clerk, our constitutional rights to freedom of speech (1st amendment), privacy (4th amendment), rights against double jeopady (5th amendment) and protection from discrimination (14th amendment) were given away to corporations--a monster, legal fiction which needs no fresh air to breathe or water to drink; doesn't have a body to die or be confined in jail even if it committed a crime; can be in many places on earth at the same time; and can grow head after head even if you chopped it off with a mighty sword.
If a corporations are "persons" as they claim, what kind of persons are they?
A highly acclaimed film "the Corporation" explains, depicts, and details it all. It gives us revealing portrait of this monster we are now subjected to live with. It also gives us hope to fight and take back our human rights, and visions for the future.
Want to find our more? Come join us at this FREE showing of:
"the Corporation," a film by Michael Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & Joel Bakan,
starring: Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, Ray Andersen of Interface, Phil Knights of Nike, and many more...
When: April 10th, Sunday 1:00pm
Where: Multnomah County Central Library (Library Conference Room), 801 SW 10th Avenue, Downtown Portland
presented by End Corporate Personhood (ecp) Oregon, a citizen's working group to end corporate personhood and take back human rights and democracy.
for more information, visit: www.ecporegon.org