Wednesday, February 17, 2010

300 take to the streets of Madison to call for constitutional amendment against corporate personhood

Yesterday's demonstration in Madison, Wisconsin brought more than 300 people out to the State Capitol to voice their objections to the Citizens United v. FEC decision, and to yet another blow by the courts to the separation of corporation and state.

Speakers included Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Center, Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy, activist and FightingBobFest organizer Ed Garvey, and former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.

Kicking off the march to the nearby Federal Courthous, Ben Manski of Liberty Tree Foundation, noted that the crowd was taking action on Susan B. Anthony's birthday. "Were she alive now, she would be here, on her birthday, celebrating with us, marching to overrule the court."

The suffragettes and abolitionists who fought for the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th amendments, he added, "spent their entire lives in those struggles. And would anyone here venture to say that those years, those decades, those lives, were not worth what was gained? On a future day, a multitude will gather on these same steps and look back at what we here dare to do, and they will thank you."

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