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Corporate Personhood focus of Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights Program Feb. 7-8

02/04/2013

Activist and lawyer David Cobb, National Projects director for Democracy Unlimited, will present "We the People, Not We the Corporations" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in 115 Shideler Hall. His talk is part of the Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights Program. The program continues with a roundtable discussion on "Implications of Corporate Personhood in Ohio," 9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 8, in 212 MacMillan Hall.

Cobb is an official spokesperson for Move to Amend, a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

Move to Amend is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

In 2004, Cobb ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.


What is Corporate Personhood? How Does It Affect You?

Janis Dutton, director, Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice Resource Center, explained: “Quite a bit of light was shed on the legal fiction of corporate personhood after the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v Federal Election Commission ruling that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. That decision had a profound impact on the last election and will impact future elections.“

A roundtable discussion on "Implications of Corporate Personhood in Ohio" will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Feb. 8, in 212 MacMillan Hall.

Discussions will be led by Greg Coleridge, director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker-related social action organization that educates, advocates and organizes on peace, justice and democracy issue.

Coleridge is the author of Citizens Over Corporations: A Brief History of Democracy in Ohio and Challenges to Freedom in the Future, and a writer for the documentary “CorpOrNation - The Story of Citizens and Corporations in Ohio.” He also contributed to Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy - A Book of History and Strategy.

The Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights is an annual event devoted to the discussion and debate of local, regional, national, and global human rights issues and concerns.

It is supported by the Center for American and World Cultures, the Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine, the departments of communication and of geography, the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, the journalism and the Western programs and the Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice.

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