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JL
- 541 days ago - other98.com
Let's tell Congress loud and clear: support the People's Rights Amendment, and end Citizens United now.



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JL A. (272)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:42 pm
It's common sense: huge corporations aren't people, and certainly don't deserve preferential legal treatment over flesh-and-blood human beings. But the Supreme Court - and much of Congress - just won't budge. It'll take a big change, perhaps in the constitution itself, to make the message clear.

Enter Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass), who is bucking the tide and introducing a bill that would amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and restore human rights to their rightful owner: humans, not corporations.

Take part: tell Congress to pass the People's Rights Amendment NOW.

You don't need to watch every awful Super PAC ad to see the big picture: thanks to Citizens United and corporate power, American democracy is on fire sale to the highest bidder.

Fortunately for ordinary people, the fire sale can only go on as long as the Constitution is read as including the notion that corporations are people, an insane legal claim that defies common sense and historical knowledge. As Rep. McGovern said when he introduced his bill earlier this month, "Corporations don't breathe, they don't have kids, and they don't die in wars." 79% of American voters agree, claiming that they would support a bill to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

Now Congress has a chance to side with people over corporations and Common Sense over Big Money.

Take action now to make sure they make the right choice.

Thank you for everything you do to make this movement real.

Sincerely,

John Sellers, The Other 98%
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:47 pm
Your signature has been submitted. Think I already signed earlier but it took again. thx JL (amazing HOW OFTEN this had to be signed and STILL no change /amendment ^^)
 

Judy C. (106)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:56 pm
Signed. Thanks J.L.
 

David C. (29)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:56 pm
Noted with thanks
 

Brian M. (145)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:03 pm
Corporations aren't people: corporations are cancers upon the body politic.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (629)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:48 pm
signed and shared, thank you JL
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:59 pm
Please also sign this WH petition

(Use the State of the Union to call for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics.)
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 3:24 pm
You're welcome David, Angelika and Nicole. Unfortunately I am unable to send most of you green stars yet but thanks for signing and thanks for the additional petition link Angelika!
 

Sara W. (110)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:06 pm
Gladly signed.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:10 pm
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Marianne B. (113)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:34 pm
Gladly signed with a comment and noted.
 

Joe R. (189)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:55 am
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:33 am
Done!
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:31 am
If corporation are people then they should be subject to the same tax structure; the same laws that every average citizen is. There should be no breaks or exceptions. That being said let them be fined for the damages they have incurred over the last forty years. I suppose one could invoke the death penalty for some but that's not an option in most places in North America.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:46 am
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Christina G. (11)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:22 am
great post jl thank you
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:59 am
You're welcome Chris
 

Elle B. (81)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:18 pm
Ty JL - How is it that over 100 years of precedent law by previous U.S. Supreme Courts which made it absolutely clear that Corporations ARE NOT PEOPLE, ie. citizens and/or individual persons with rights protected under the U.S. Consititution--was just simply ignored??

U.S. Supreme Court
Hague v. Committee for Industrial Organization, 307 U.S. 496 (1939)
Hague v. Committee for Industrial Organization
No. 651
Argued February 27, 28, 1939
Decided June 5, 1939
307 U.S. 496
CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT

(b) Natural persons alone are entitled to the privileges and immunities which § 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment secures to

Page 307 U. S. 498

"citizens of the United States." Only the individual complainants may maintain this suit. P. 307 U. S. 514.

"Since freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are rights secured to persons by the due process clause, all of the individual respondents are plainly authorized by § 1 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to maintain the present suit in equity to restrain infringement of their rights. Northwestern Life Ins. Co. v. Riggs, 203 U. S. 243, 203 U. S. 255; Western Turf Assn. v. Greenberg, 204 U. S. 359, 204 U. S. 363."

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U.S. Supreme Court
Northwestern National Life Ins. Co. v. Riggs, 203 U.S. 243 (1906)
Northwestern National Life Insurance Company v. Riggs
No. 34
Argued October 18, 1906
Decided December 3, 1906
203 U.S. 243
ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
Syllabus
The provision of §§ 7890, 7891, Revised Statutes of Missouri, which, as construed by the highest court of that state, cut off any defense by a life insurance company based upon false and fraudulent statements in the application, unless the matter represented actually contributed to the death of the insured, and which apply alike to domestic and foreign corporations, is not repugnant to the Fourteenth Amendment, and does not deprive a foreign corporation coming into the its liberty or property without due process of law, nor deny to it the equal protection of the laws.

129 F. 207 affirmed.

The facts are stated in the opinion.

203 U. S. 255
. . . "Equally without foundation is the contention that the statute, if enforced, will be inconsistent with the liberty guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. Nor, in any true, constitutional sense, does the Missouri statute deprive life insurance companies doing business in that State of a right of property. This is too plain for discussion."

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U.S. Supreme Court
Western Turf Association v. Greenberg, 204 U.S. 359 (1907)
Western Turf Association v. Greenberg
No. 189
Submitted January 29, 1907
Decided February 25, 1907
204 U.S. 359
ERROR TO THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Syllabus
Where defendant corporation in the court below questions the constitutionality of a state statute as an abridgment of its rights and immunities and as depriving it of its property without due process of law in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the judgment sustains the validity of the statute, this Court has jurisdiction to review the judgment on writ of error under § 709, Rev.Stat.
Page 204 U. S. 360



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U.S. Supreme Court
Orient Ins. Co. v. Daggs, 172 U.S. 557 (1899)
Orient Insurance Company v. Daggs
No. 81
Argued December 8, 1898
Decided January 16, 1868
172 U.S. 557
ERROR TO THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI
Syllabus

. . .The provision in section 5897 of c. 89, art. 4 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, that. . .
and the provision in section 5898 "that no condition of any policy of insurance contrary to the provisions of this article shall be legal or valid," are not, when applied to a foreign insurance corporation insuring property within the state, in conflict with the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States forbidding a state to make or enforce a law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States or to deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law or to deny to any person within its jurisdiction, the equal protection of the laws.



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Christeen Anderson (476)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:26 pm
Signed.
 

Elle B. (81)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:44 pm
Apologies...really messed this up...[need to learn HTML use on Care2]... trying to emphasize phrases from above cases that clearly state Corporations are not natural persons with rights. . . deleted them instead. . .so in the order posted above here are the inadvertently omitted key phrases:

Hague v. Committee for Industrial Organization
No. 651
"As to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is a corporation, it cannot be said to be deprived of the civil rights of freedom of speech and of assembly, for the liberty guaranteed by the due process clause is the liberty of natural, not artificial, persons."

Northwestern National Life Insurance Company v. Riggs
No. 34
"The liberty referred to in the Fourteenth Amendment is the liberty of natural, not artificial, persons."

Western Turf Association v. Greenberg
No. 189
"A corporation is not deemed a citizen within the clause of the Constitution of the United States protecting the privileges and immunities of citizen of the United States from being abridged or impaired by the law of a state, and the liberty guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment against deprivation without due process of law is that of natural, not artificial, person."

Orient Insurance Company v. Daggs
No. 81
"A corporation is not a citizen within the meaning of that Amendment, and hence has not the privileges and immunities secured to citizens against state legislation."
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:47 pm
Done
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:05 pm
Thanks so much for all the case law Elle!
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Hugo L. (281)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:54 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks J.L. !
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:14 pm
Gladly signed. Noted. Much thanks, J.L.
*I'm sorry I'm unable to send a green star to J.L. since I sent one in the past week.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:26 pm
Again, please also sign the WH petition everyone. Link above .
I'll make a separate post to the news with that as there was a call to try to get 100000 signatures.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:28 pm
Thanks J.L. A. Sometimes the law is an ass!
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:32 pm
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Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:57 pm
Signed
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:58 pm
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Natalie V. (27)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:49 pm
noted & signed
 

Lynn Squance (226)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:35 pm
Signed until zip 98111 since it won't accept my Canadian postal code.

I sign because Canada and the US are so closely aligned. If the US is bitten by a mosquito, Canada scratches.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:39 pm
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Lynn Squance (226)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:47 pm
Also signed Angelika's referenced petition.
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:52 pm
Thanks J.L. Posting noted. signed earlier today.
Angelika thanks for sharing the White House site here. Signed earlier today also.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:28 pm
Noted , Signed & Thanks .
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:03 am
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Robert Tomlinson (64)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:13 am
Signed & Noted!
It must be understood that a real citizen (person) must fit certain criteria.
Do corporation register for the draft?
Can a corporation be subject to the draft?
Can a corporation be sentenced to prison?
Can a corporation be executed?
Can a corporation be placed in a bed for an infectious disease?
Can a corporation be fitted for traditional clothing?
Can a corporation be fitted for glasses?
There are a number of other questions that can be asked. BUT the point is that if the answers to the above
questions are no........then a corporation cannot be considered a citizen.

 

Charlie Rush (48)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:52 pm
Only a GENIUS could make such a statement,.
and, Republicans can have him, and the remainder of the 'rocket scientists'.
 
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