Occupy The Courts Protesters Seek To End Citizens United

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.

Related Reading:

Why The Second Anniversary Of Citizens United Matters To You

You Can Help Overturn Citizens United [Video]

Montana Supreme Court Rejects Citizens United

Bernie Sanders Files Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Photo from watchingfrogsboil via flickr


Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran7 years ago


Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence7 years ago

NOT united for us .. the 99%!

Robert H.
Robert Hamm7 years ago

Marie nailed it right on the head of the figurative nail.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson7 years ago

If you think big corps are using their money against the American people then it is time to vote with our dooal. BOYCOTT!

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy7 years ago

So if these are multi-national corporations, does that mean to let them influence the USA political process it to support treason?

Nancy L.
Nancy L7 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

"Has clearly learned well the power of manipulating public protest while subtly promoting personal for-profit venues for tapping." says Debbie W. You may be able to fool your fellow Republicans with this but you will never fool the rest of the people. The facts are the facts and the fact is the Justices who agree with Citizens United did so for political reasons, they in no way interperted the U. S. Constitution; and those that did should be impeached. I will assure you that an investigation will show their pockets are being lined with monies from the radical right. They have violated the trust of the American people with this decision and others they have blatantly made in recent years. The SCOTUS is the people's last hope and these Justices fail them with this decision period.

Rose L.
Rose L7 years ago

@ Sue J: "Well, Rose L is citing incredible sources again."

The "incredible source" is the president of Citizen's United. Hardly incredible! Here is a link if you'd like to learn more:


Debbie W.
Past Member 7 years ago

As to the Supremes' appointments for life ... seems then, there is only one method for correctiion, will we come to that?

As to Dr. Cornel West ... long-time active member of the Democratic Socialists of America, now holding an Honorary position only, to become more easily thought of as mainstream. Touts a special admiration for Malcolm X militancy, the Black Panther Party, Marxist underpinning thought processes. Seen by some as an opportunist, crass showman, with a lack of scholarly seriousness, having many "economically profitable projects" to honor and keep lucrative. Has clearly learned well the power of manipulating public protest while subtly promoting personal for-profit venues for tapping.

What a world.

Berny P.
berny p7 years ago

good luck...you will need it!