Banner to protest ‘corporate personhood’ on Friday

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — People from Clallam and Jefferson counties are expected to join a protest of “corporate personhood” Friday.

Protestors are expected to display a banner at the River Road overpass at U.S. Highway 101 near Sequim between noon and 6 p.m., said Andrea Radich, facilitator for Clallam County’s Move to Amend organization.

The protest is one of 50 expected in cities across the nation, Radich said.

She expects at least 20 protestors will show up, with more likely in the evening after the workday ends.

Move to Amend volunteers will display banners nationwide to draw attention to their call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overrule Supreme Court rulings and declare that only human beings have constitutional rights.

The city councils in Sequim and Port Townsend both have passed resolutions calling for the constitutional amendment. Radich said group members will approach Port Angeles soon to seek support for a similar resolution.

The date marks the 127th anniversary of the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad decision, in which the Supreme Court first ruled that corporations are “persons,” entitled to rights under the U.S. Constitution.

A more recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, reaffirmed the 1886 Santa Clara ruling and further expanded corporate campaign spending ability, Radich said.

For more information about Move to Amend, visit www.movetoamend.org.

Last modified: May 08. 2013 5:42PM
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