Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tenth anniversary of Point Arena Resolution coming up in April

April 25th will be the 10th anniversary of the Point Arena Resolution on Corporate Personhood, and local activists are proposing that the city proclaim the day "Democracy Day."

The resolution was passed by the City Council in 2000 by a 4 to 1 vote. It defines democracy as governance by the people, and says that only natural persons should be able to participate in the democratic process, and agrees with Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black's 1938 opinion, "I do not believe the word 'person' in the 14th Amendment includes corporations." The resolution also calls on the city to encourage public discussion on the role of corporations in public life, and to urge other cities to do the same.

Jan Edwards, who has developed several teaching tools for democracy activists, including the "corporate person costume" and the Tapestry of the Commons, will be organizing a celebration, likely featuring a screening of "This Land is Your Land," the documentary that features Point Arena, but which has yet to be shown locally. Speakers from Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County may also participate, either live or by webcam.

We'll have more information as the program develops!

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