There are some who say that the Executive and Legislative branches of the United States Government no longer exist to serve the majority of American citizens. These “radical thinkers” believe that our political system, including state and federal elections, have been sold to the highest bidder: multi-national corporations.
And what facilitated this auction? The Supreme Court’s shocking Citizens United vs. FEC ruling, which welcome unprecedented and undisclosed amounts of corporate money to flow freely into our political system.
Today, January 21, is the two year anniversary of that fateful decision. And yesterday, thousands of protesters staged hundreds of demonstrations to let the Supreme Court know that it’s been two years, too long.
Inspired by the success of Occupy Wall Street, and Dr. Cornell West, who was arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court last month, Occupy the Courts was organized by Move to Amend: an organization “dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing ourselves.”
Around the country, protesters occupied the space in and around over 100 Federal Courthouses, including the Supreme Court. In Gainsville, Florida, hundreds gathered at the Bo Diddley community plaza to hear civil rights activist, Dr. Cornel West, speak out about corporate greed.
While most Occupy The Courts demonstrations were peaceful and attended by a few hundred people or less, there were still clashes with local police in some cities.
At the Supreme Court rally, 11 were arrested after demonstrators dismantled a police barricade before rushing the court plaza and steps, according to ABC News. One was arrested inside the building for unlawful entry. At least a dozen were arrested in San Francisco after protesters refused to break a human chain around the Wells Fargo headquarters. San Francisco police say all arrests were for alleged trespassing.
At the Occupy the Courts rally in Portland, several protesters appeared dressed as U.S. Supreme Court justices, their suits festooned with the logos of big corporations such as Ford, Exxon and McDonald’s. Government police detained two demonstrators after an altercation on the steps of the historic Pioneer Courthouse, but no arrests were reported.
If you believe that corporate are NOT people, that they ARE NOT entitled to the same rights of privacy as actual human beings, and that their money DOES NOT equal speech, please sign the petition below.
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