Occupy Austin Executes A Corporation [Video]

Ending the incredible loophole of ‘corporate personhood’ has been a main goal of the Occupy Wall Street movement since it’s inception in September, 2011.

Ever since Presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney’s flippant declaration that “corporations are people,” Americans have been rising up to protest the unbelievable notion that corporations should have the same rights to privacy and free speech as thinking, breathing human beings.

At many an occupation, protesters held tongue-in-cheek signs that read “I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one,” poking fun both at the disastrous Citizens United vs. FEC decision, as well as the Lone Star State’s lingering affection for the death penalty.

Well it appears that during the nationwide Occupy The Courts demonstration this weekend, OWS protesters in Austin, Texas decided to do just that.

Occupy Austin’s Bank Action team and Austin Art Liberation Front combined forces to march against the bail out banks, have a mock trial of bank CEOs, and ultimately stage an execution of a corporation.

In the video below, Occupy Austin members stage an execution of an effigy of a corporation named C.P. Hood.

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Image Credit: Flickr – david_shankbone


Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Right on!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Beautiful just action!

Nancy L.
Nancy L5 years ago

Thanks for posting.

William K.
William K5 years ago


Brian M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Mitt Romney claims, "Corporations are people." Pretty funny, since he isn't a person, but a corporation. Let's all show up to his PR events with t-shirts saying, MITT IS A CORPORATION.

Jeeps M.
Jeeps M.5 years ago

Just to clarify on this article.
The execution was not of a "corporation" but of the redundant fictional non-person... C.P.Hood (Corporate Person Hood).
Because a corporation is not a person, C.P.Hood is neither.
This was a matter of contention in the planning stages, yet resolved in this manner.
No real person or corporation nor effigy of a real person or corporation was intended. Just the concept itself.

Lee Witton
5 years ago

Wouldn't it be great if CEO's of the most powerful corporations were to go to work one day and find when they login to their computers a message pops up; "Your corporation has been whacked and you no longer exist. You will receive, as an individual, one final paycheck at an hourly wage to be determined by the real 'we, the people'. Taxpayers kept you on life support but then you abused those who kept you alive once you recovered. Never bite the hand that feeds you".

Chad A.
Chad Anderson5 years ago

I am glad to see some creative activism on this crucial issue!

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Makes sense to me. If they are persons they should be accountable and executed as needed.

Lynnette Bower
Lynnette Bower5 years ago

It's all about greed.