A Growing Peoples Movement, Despite the Media Blackout

April 29, 2015
Laura Bonham

The world's elite and corporate forces are in decline, believe it or not. Any system based on consumption will eventually consume itself, but to speed things along, there's a growing global peoples movement determined to assert the rights of people and the planet over corporate marauders. The sooner the rest of us join in, the sooner we will hasten the end of corporate rule.

Unfortunately, that's news to a lot of folks. If you give sway to the mainstream corporate media, the state's tool for keeping us scared into subservience, then you're faith in mankind may be dwindling. Bad news happens all the time, and has done for millennia, but past generations were not subjected to a constant barrage of bad news everyday, 24/7. The real issue here is all the good news that happens and never sees the light of day, the news a person must seek out from independent sources.

How much mainstream reporting have you seen on The World Social Forum, which took place in Tunisia, last month? Eighty thousand people representing organizations from all around the world gathered there. Women, indigenous people, and other oppressed people who are on the frontlines of struggle in their communities came together to explore solutions, strategies, and form shared demands that value people over profits. Who knew? You can bet there will be no corporate coverage when the US Social Forum takes place in the final week of June, despite the expected tens of thousands of participants.

How much mainstream reporting have you seen on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the sister free trade deal, the Trans-Atlantic Partnership (TTIP)? Any mention is mostly in passing and mostly supportive. It is never reported that opposition efforts killed fast track in the last Congress. There's a huge effort now underway to stop these democracy destroying deals and opposition is widespread across issue arenas, but who knows except for the most engaged citizens?

These stories repeat themselves every day all over the country and the globe, underdogs sacrificing their time, skills, and money to improve the lives of others--and succeeding in their missions. Things would not look so bleak if we rejoiced and learned from, and about, these successes. That's how power among the people is built. So no, there will neither be any good news from the corporate media for the time being, nor will there be the factual and educational reporting required to make informed decisions around the topics that are reported, because reporting of that nature would lend power to the opposition, We the People.

Today, the organizers at Move to Amend have something to crow about. Their We the People Amendment was reintroduced in Congress, sponsored by Reps. Rick Nolan (MN) and Mark Pocan (WI), Matthew Cartwright (PA), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Keith Ellison (MN). It is the only amendment before Congress to state that only natural people have Constitutional rights AND money is not protected political speech, and which addresses the two Supreme Court created doctrines pinning up corporate rule.

"It is no small coincidence that this amendment was reintroduced on this date, which is almost 129 years to the day that the Supreme Court gave 'birth' to the idea that corporations have Constitutional rights," said Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Director. "A lot of folks think Citizens United created corporate personhood, but they are wrong. We've been living with corporate persons and their shenanigans since the Santa Clara Railroad vs. Santa Clara County case in 1886."

Move to Amend formed prior to the Citizens United decision with the expectation the Court would decide for the corporations and against We the People. On January 21, 2010, they launched the Motion to Amend petition amid the furor over the Court's decision. The organization has now grown to over 380,000 supporters, and its local chapters are responsible for passing hundreds of resolutions in support of the We the People Amendment, along with local and state ballot initiatives. From red districts that elected Scott Walker to blue districts that elected Elizabeth Warren, Move to Amend has won in every attempt.

"We know amending the Constitution is not an easy thing to do, but it's been done 27 times before, and we are up to the challenge," said Move to Amend Outreach Director, David Cobb. "We love this country--the promise of it we were taught in school--and we believe that all of us deserve that country. We also believe that We the Peopleare going to have fight for it. We always have."

So there you have it. A movement is growing in the United States with democracy as its centerpiece, powered by people who refuse to allow the promise of this nation, along with our remaining resources, to be squandered by those who have amassed great power and fortunes on the backs of all Americans living and dead.

Sign the petition and spread the word using the tools at the bottom of the petition form, because so far the corporate media won't touch this story with a ten-foot pole.

Laura Bonham, a long time grassroots organizer specializing in communications, is a member of Move to Amend's National Board.


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