We’ve all been energized by the Occupy Wall Street movement. It has reminded us that change is possible. We’ve seen the people rise up in the Arab Spring and now we are seeing the people here in our country and in countries around the world occupying their communities to protest the great economic inequality that has grown between the 1% and the 99%.
As much as I support the efforts of the Occupy movement, I firmly believe that we must do more than Occupy, we must Act. Ultimately we will need to do more than express our frustration, we will have to do something about it. We will need to change our government, our elected officials, our communities, and ultimately ourselves.
If you are ready to take action, there is no better time. In the coming weeks there are many events and opportunities available to you. Specifically, tomorrow, 11/9 there are two great opportunities for you to take action to level the playing field with the 1%.
American Dream Movement How the 1% Crashed the Economy Teach-in How did 1% of the population end up with 40% of the wealth? Why have middle class wages been stagnant while America has grown richer by the year? And, most importantly, what can we, the 99%, do about it?
These are questions worth discussing and none of it happened by accident. So the American Dream movement is organizing a national round of teach-ins on Nov 9th featuring a simple presentation crafted with the help of leading progressive economists. We'll have teach-ins in libraries, community centers and living rooms across the country.
We the People, Not We the Corporations On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.
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.
* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.