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Rep. Deutch Introduces OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment To Ban Corporate Money In Politics

Rep. Deutch Introduces OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment To Ban Corporate Money In Politics
By Zaid Jilani on November 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm "Rep. Deutch Introduces OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment To Ban Corporate Money In Politics" Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) is tackling corporate money in politics head on. In one of the greatest signs yet that the 99 Percenters are having an impact, Rep. Deutch’s amendment, called the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, would overturn the Citizens United decision, re-establishing the right of Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance laws, and to effectively outlaw the ability of for-profit corporations to contribute to campaign spending. “No matter how long protesters camp out across America, big banks will continue to pour money into shadow groups promoting candidates more likely to slash Medicaid for poor children than help families facing foreclosure,” said Deutch in a statement provided to ThinkProgress. Related:  rio.d

Los Angeles Stands Up To The Supreme Court, Looks To Revoke Corporate Personhood Billions of corporate dollars have poured into the 2012 Election, all thanks to the Citizens United decision by the conservative members of the Supreme Court. Towns and counties across the country have proposed or passed resolutions against corporate personhood, the most recent of which is Missoula, Montana. But now a major city in America looks to do the same next week. The Los Angeles city council is preparing to vote on a resolution that would revoke corporate personhood. “Resolution 11-0002-S123 (regarding Citizens United v. WHEREAS, any official position of the City of Los Angeles with respect to legislation, rules, regulations or policies proposed to or pending before a local, state or federal governmental body or agency must have first been adopted in the form of a Resolution by the City Council with the concurrence of the Mayor; and WHEREAS, the U.S. WHEREAS, U.S. WHEREAS, the Citizens decision supersedes state and local efforts to regulate corporate activity in their elections;

Reporters For Right-Wing Publication Daily Caller Beaten By NYPD, Helped By Protesters By Zaid Jilani on November 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm "Reporters For Right-Wing Publication Daily Caller Beaten By NYPD, Helped By Protesters" The Daily Caller's Michelle Fields faced abuse from the NYPD and help from protesters. The right-wing Daily Caller website has been anything but kind to Occupy Wall Street, even going so far as to condemn the protest movement as generating riots, murder, and arson. But when a couple of Daily Caller employees were at Occupy Wall Street this morning, it was the very protesters they had been demonizing who ended up helping them out. “Direna had a camera in her hand and I had a microphone, and we were being hit,” she said. Fields says that protesters right now are effectively “barricaded” in Zuccotti Park, which was the spot from which they were ousted from on Tuesday. Update The Daily Caller has now added video of Fields being assaulted by police.

Alternative Radio — Ending Corporate Rule Program #CIEP003. Recorded in Missoula, MT on March 01, 2012. Modern corporations trace their origins to the trading companies of imperial Europe more than three centuries ago. Speaker(s): Paul Cienfuegos (click to view archive) Paul Cienfuegos is a regional leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people's inherent right to self-government. Jan 16 Ending Corporate Rule by Andrew Squicciarini from Stamford, NY Enjoyed speech on NPR, however he gives a supposed quote of James Madison " The primary role of govt. is to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority" After researching this, I find the way he worded it highly inaccurate. Jan 09 Riveting by Susan Williams from Eugene, Oregon I tuned in to Cienfuegos' talk on my car radio and just sat in a parking lot listening to KLCC until the bitter end. Oct 31 must listen by Byron from Delmar, NY what a wonderful speech! Uniting for Our Personhood Oct 28

New Mexico House Votes 65-0 To Move State's Money To Credit Unions, Community Banks New Mexico's House of Representatives voted Monday to pass a bill that allows the state to move $2 billion - $5 billion of state funds to credit unions and small banks. The municipal funds bill was approved 65-0 (roll call - PDF), and is subject to a vote by New Mexico's Senate. Governor Bill Richardson told the bill's sponsor that he supports the legislation. The altered view of New Mexico lawmakers in favoring local control of state funds, officials said, follows national mention of the New Mexico effort in the "Move Your Money" campaign of New York pundit Arianna Huffington in her online Huffington Post columns. Move Your Money is a project started by Arianna and Rob Johnson that aims to spur financial reform at big banks by encouraging account holders to move their money to smaller credit unions and community banks. New Mexico State Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Timothy Keller (D-Bernalillo) sponsored the bill, HB 66. Pledge to Move Your Money!

The Harvard Classics: A Free, Digital Collection During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. The publisher P. A big h/t to @eugenephoto Texts in the Harvard Classics collection (courtesy of Wikipedia): Vol. 1: FRANKLIN, WOOLMAN, PENN His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin The Journal of John Woolman, by John Woolman (1774 and subsequent editions) Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn Vol. 2.

Pullen Baptist takes a stand for gay marriage - Religion Editor's note: Reader comments have been disabled on this story because of numerous violations of our comment policy. The full congregation of Raleigh's Pullen Memorial Baptist Church voted Sunday to prohibit the church pastor from legally marrying anyone until she can legally marry same-sex couples under North Carolina law. The congregants said in a formal statement that current North Carolina law - and the language proposed for a vote next year on an amendment to the state Constitution - discriminates against same-sex couples "by denying them the rights and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual married couples." "As people of faith, affirming the Christian teaching that before God all people are equal, we will no longer participate in this discrimination," the church's statement says. The vote was unanimous and brought tears to the eyes of some of the 100 or so members who stood to vote in favor of the "statement on marriage ceremonies." Holy union only Congregation's will

10 Biggest Pot Myths, Debunked by Science May 13, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Medical cannabis opponents are fond of promoting many myths and misconceptions about the herb. The cannabis plant and its biologically active constituents, known as cannabinoids, possess an impressive safety profile compared to other conventional therapeutic agents. Cannabis possesses a far longer history of human use as a safe and effective therapeutic agent than virtually any comparable substance. In addition, the marijuana plant is also one of the most studied biologically active substances of modern times. No major medical or health organizations support medical marijuana access Numerous medical and health organizations – such as the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America – support allowing qualified patients to legally access to cannabis therapy. Medical cannabis laws are associated with increased crime

Journalists obstructed from covering OWS protests New York, November 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by today's reports of New York City police mistreating and detaining journalists and obstructing them from covering events at the Occupy Wall Street protests. "We are alarmed by New York law enforcement's treatment of journalists covering the eviction of Occupy Wall Street today," said Carlos Lauria, CPJ senior coordinator for the Americas. "Journalists must be allowed to cover news events without fear of arrest and harassment. It is particularly disturbing that government officials sought to block any coverage of the event at all." At least seven journalists were arrested in New York today, according to press reports. The Associated Press reported that AP writer Karen Matthews and AP photographer Seth Wenig were arrested this afternoon while they were covering demonstrations a mile north of Zuccotti Park. Some of the journalists described being handled roughly by law enforcement.

BP accuses Halliburton over Gulf of Mexico oil spill | Environment BP has accused Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence relating to last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a court filing, BP has alleged that the US oil services firm of intentionally destroying evidence about possible problems with its cement slurry poured into the deep-sea Macondo well about 100 miles (160 km) off the Louisiana coast. An oil well must be cemented properly to avoid blowouts. Also in the documents filed in a New Orleans federal court, BP accuses Halliburton of failing to produce incriminating computer modelling evidence. BP asked a US judge to penalise Halliburton and order a court-sponsored computer forensic team to recover the modelling results. Halliburton has told media outlets that the accusations are untrue. Also involved are Anadarko Petroleum and Cameron International. The first trial over the disaster is scheduled to start 27 February in New Orleans.

Study: Wealth Inequality In America May Be Worse Than It Was In Ancient Rome By Travis Waldron on December 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm "Study: Wealth Inequality In America May Be Worse Than It Was In Ancient Rome" The 99 Percent Movement effectively changed the American political debate from debt and deficits to income inequality, highlighting the fact that income inequality has increased so much in the U.S. that it is now more unequal than countries like Ivory Coast and Pakistan. While those numbers are startling, a study from two historians suggests that American wealth inequality may actually be worse than it was in Ancient Rome — a society built on slave labor, a defined class structure, and centuries of warfare and conquest. In the United States, the top 1 percent controls roughly 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. Their target was the state of the economy when the empire was at its population zenith, around 150 C.E.