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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, community groups, individual citizens, members of the Tea Party, Democratic Party & GOP are protesting the decision that grants corporations “Personhood,” which entitles them to buy elections and run our government.

Occupy Wilmington will hold a funeral procession for “Corporate Personhood” tomorrow at noon. Bearing a coffin & dressed in black the silent march will carry the casket to the offices of Sen. Richard Burr and Rep. Mike McIntyre.

Members of Occupy Wilmington will gather signatures to deliver to governmental bodies — town and city councils, NC Legislators, Congress and the President –demanding these entities pass laws denying corporations the same rights as citizens.

“We the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”

When: Noon, 1/20/12
Where: Federal Courthouse, Front & Water Streets, proceed to the offices of Rep. Mike McIntyre & Sen. Richard Burr, 201 Front St.

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Who do you think makes up a corporation, you brain surgeons? People do.

    When people join in a club, a group, a union, or a corporation, they do NOT surrender their Constitutional rights.

    Good luck with your little high school drama club production.

  • the Occupierp

    People form and work for corporations, CS, but Thomas Jefferson knew more about preserving our republic than most others. He warned us, rather emphatically, not to give them individual rights. He insisted they should be regulated. You sound like a Tory or something. This is America. Please find any reference to corporate personhood in ‘We, the People’. I studied my US history in high school. I dont remember that. Why not just focus on the issues and stop all the insinuation and namecalling? That’s the problem with neoCONS, you love to fight but forget to lead. Namecalling is so, how do you say…high schoolish.

  • X

    Unions are O.K., though….

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  • Guest892734

    yes, people make up corporations. however, by law the CORPORATIONS are seen as human. how does that make any sense? if i were to poison the water supply of a town in the name of profits, i would be sent to prison. if a corporation does it, they are charged a criminal fine. no ONE is punished. it is seen as a business move. which hits our profits harder? the criminal fine, or being socially and ethically responsible for how we manufacture our goods. eh, screw those people. we’ll just continue to poison them and watch our bank accounts inflate. sheesh. if i were to ever decide it was ok to harm people for the sake of profits, i’ll just title myself as a corporation to avoid having to be held accountable for my own actions! living the dream!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    We had a case in Columbus County not very long ago where a corporate officer was prosecuted for illegal dumping of hog waste. CEOs and COOs are regularly indicted for environmental law violations.

    The key is, it must be intentional. If you poisoned a town’s water supply accidentally, you would not be indicted. You might get sued, but you wouldn’t go to jail unless it was a clear violation of state or federal law on your part.

    The EXACT same thing would apply to a corporation. If the corporation took actions that were known to be in violation of the law and the corporate officers had (or should have had) knowledge of those actions, every one of them could be indicted.

  • Guesttseug

    If you just put the tiniest bit of spin on it, the recent annexation move by city council is an example of corporate greed and corrupt government swapping spit right here in River City.

    Seems they missed that episode.

    So much for the snowflake agenda……..lol

  • guesty

    I thought the headline would mean the occutards were going to be buried.

  • Guest1971

    Don’t these occutards have jobs?? I can’t just take off at noon on a Friday.

  • Guest_99x

    Nope, no one is to be buried. The coffin is filled with soggy teabags.

  • X

    “studied my US history in high school”….really?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    ..I wouldn’t talk about you the way I do, but I don’t respect you. You are Socialist leeches who simply want the government to take wealth from successful people and give it to you in the form of free tuition, free healthcare, subsidized mortgages, guaranteed wages, and a host of other “something for nothing” perks. We have seen your signs! We know what you want.

    Why try to hide behind the “Occupy” logo? Why not just admit that you’re Socialists, intent on destroying Capitalism?

    BTW, no one has given corporations individual rights. They have simply RESTORED the constitutional rights afforded to the people who make up that corporation through ownership. You seem to gloss over the fact that when two or two-million people join in a common effort, they lose NONE of their constitutional rights.

  • guesty

    Have you seen the way most of them look? What professional business would hire any of them? Most business don’t need people to bang on drums anyway.


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