Cindy Chavez said that we probably
wouldn't prevail this year, but it is vital that we participate in the
struggle, and hopefully we will win in the end.
Then they role played a few sides of the issue, to dramatize it. First
was a plutocrat who explained that now that money is speech, he can
spend enough to control all of the important aspects of our economy.
The woman told her story. She had been
employed at Wal*Mart, but had been fired for making trouble. She had
sued them for discrimination, but it hadn't gone well. The net result
was a supreme court ruling that corporations can get rid of trouble
makers or something like that.
The next guy had been a hard working
assembly line worker until his hand had been chopped off by a factory
machine. His employer had laid him off after that because he couldn't
work. Since then his unemployment had run out. Now he's screwed.
The guys from Debug said they were
honored to be with us, and hang around for the end, because there was
going to be "a kick butt rapper"!
Ann gave a speech about the history of
corporate personhood that explained the whole story in seven minutes.
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(Unknown speaker) said that we need the
whole of the USA on the same page to make progress on this issue. We
are not naive enough to think we can solve it by ourselves.
Sam Licardo, who represents the area on
San Jose's City Council, reminded us that Corporate Personhood was not
the only impact San Jose has had on the political system. San Jose was
where Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers organized fruit pickers
for the first time. San Jose was the first major city in the USA to
elect a woman Mayor. San Jose was the first major city in the USA to
elect a Japanese-American Mayor. San Jose was the home town of the
sprinters whose single gesture of solidarity from the awards stand
during the 1968 Olympics did more to put the peace movement on the
front page of the newspapers than anything else that early in the
Vietnam War. He called on us to make a difference on the corporate
personhood issue to.
Pat asked everybody that could do
anything to help to visit SCC-MTA.ORG and click on "let us know you're
in" to become a volunteer. That includes you dear reader! Just click
the sign above or here.
Then the robo-corp role played the
evils of a few of the worst corporations.
Pfizer is doing all kinds of things to
extend their intellectual property rights so they can continue to milk
people that need drugs for excess profits.
Exxon-Mobile has a lot of human rights
abuses to answer for. The company also has a huge carbon footprint and
is responsible for quite a few oil spills.
Monsanto is filling supermarkets with
foods based on genetically modified organisms, mainly by trapping
farmers in situations where they are forced to grow those things. They
are also the current owner of Xe, the mercenary company formerly known
Lockheed-Martin is a huge military contractor, and invests a lot in
At this point the battery in my camera
died, so I can't show you the rapper. Nor can I share the march we did
down to City Hall. The crowd was big enough that we stretched out over
a couple of blocks, marching three to six abreast on the wide
sidewalks. There were more speeches at the end, sort of open mike time
for the rest of us. Announcements of campaigns and upcoming events.
I told people that I was collecting signatures on this new oil
severance tax initiative. At this point California is the only state
without one. If it passes all the money goes to education, which could
work out to a few billion dollars a year. When I passed the microphone
back to the speaker there was a line of people that wanted to sign. It
was a nice way to end the event.