Move-to-Amend’s “Legalize Democracy” video now can be seen on YouTube. Watch it to learn the history of why we are in the situation we are in with regard to corporate rule and the subversion of our democracy at: http://youtu.be/O2-q-RBiWhk
We CAN and we WILL pass a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate “personhood” and money as “speech!”
Today in the wee hours of the morning Wikileaks leaked the text of the environmental chapter of the ultra-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is every bit as bad as expected, allowing corporations to exploit and degrade natural resources without consequence. See:
The Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council have analyzed it. For their analysis, see:
We reiterate our opposition to the TPP and to FAST TRACK legislation, which has now been introduced into the Senate (S 1900) and the House (HR 3830). Congress has constitutional authority over trade agreements and Fast Track is an attempt by the executive branch to evade Congressional oversight and is a subversion of the democratic process and a nullification of checks and balances put into place by Hamilton in order to avoid just this type of scenario.
We ask everyone to call her or his congress member at 202/225-3121 and OPPOSE FAST TRACK! Also go to: http://www.stopfasttrack.com/
Both the Guardian and the New York Times published editorials this week calling for Obama to offer Snowden clemency! (See also the Huffington Post for a good synopsis). This is much-heralded news by the activist community for whom Snowden has become a cause celebre for civil liberties and right to privacy and for much of the public who recognize him as a whistleblower and consider him a hero and a patriot.
Snowden’s revelations have resulted in extensive outrage and worldwide demonstrations and have brought the issue of the surveillance state into the light of day so that it can finally be examined and debated by the public. We at OCV are very grateful to him for this selfless act. Our position is that Snowden not only did our nation and the world an incredible service, and that he not only should not be charged with a crime, he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, earning it far more than Barack Obama, and that his leaking of governmental and corporate malfeasance in the face of such personal risk reveals his principled character and high-minded motives. This stands in stark contrast to the utter lack of scruples evidenced by NSA officials such as James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, who told bold-faced lies to Congress, denying what we now know to be true: that we have been subjected to widespread surveillance that has vacuumed up all manner of electronic data on all Americans and that heads of state, allies, and foreign governments have been spied upon as well.
Exposing intrusive, unconstitutional, and even criminal activity of renegade agencies and corporations SHOULD NOT BE A CRIME, nor should these entities be able to operate in secret, while citizens have no privacy. This is a reversal of the way a democratic society should function, where the citizenry have a constitutional right to privacy while the government has a duty to be transparent and open. But surveillance is a given in a country whose democracy has been subverted as has ours by corporate interests like Booz Allen Hamilton who receive government contracts for cybersecurity and whose personnel are cycled through the Washington revolving door and are essentially getting corporate welfare to spy on the very citizens who pay the taxes that pay their salaries.
Chris Hedges, who formerly reported for the New York Times as an investigative reporter, calls an ultra-secret government run by Wall Street and the corporate criminal class an inverse totalitarian state in his book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” as we are now living in a country where the corporate world is running the government, enabled by a Supreme Court which has ruled corporations are “persons” and money is “speech.”
“In Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco, inverted totalitarianism is described as a system where corporations have corrupted and subverted democracy and where economics trumps politics. In inverted totalitarianism, every natural resource and every living being is commodified and exploited to collapse and the citizenry are lulled and manipulated into surrendering their liberties and their participation in their government by excess consumerism and sensationalism.”
Much has been made of the recent brouhaha tech giants Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others have made of the back-door penetration of their networks by the surveillance state (see Tech Industry Leaders Recent Meeting with Obama), but this is mere posturing, as their interest is in their bottom line, certainly not the privacy of consumers or users of the Internet and their products. Google has been building psychological profiles of its users for some time: http://www.alternet.org/google-using-gmail-build-psychological-profiles-hundreds-millions-people and there is Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State .
Chris Hedges was let go from the New York Times because of his unswerving devotion to reporting the truth and we sincerely hope that this editorial is a sign that the New York Times is becoming more willing to risk speaking truth to power and covering issues important to the 99%. It is our fervent wish that Snowden’s revelations continue to cause a ripple effect throughout all levels of our society and that it results in government and corporate surveillance being heavily curtailed and monitored so that we can again live in a freer, democratic state wherein our civil liberties and right to privacy are respected as inviolable human rights.
Just yesterday, Wikileaks again released secretive TPP text from the Salt Lake City talks. See:
After four long years of secrecy and arm-twisting in TPP “negotiations” (more like bullying), the US Trade Representative in league with corporate elite is attempting to coerce other nations to sign against their own national interests for the benefit of the 1%! Congress needs to assert its authority and end this global debacle.
Watch Russell Brand’s eloquent and inspirational call for REVOLUTION!
For more Russell Brand, check out this article:
The TPP is a toxic, corporate profit-driven agreement that is anti-consumer, anti-environment, anti-worker, and anti-Internet freedom. Among other things, the TPP will CENSOR THE INTERNET! They are winding up the secret negotiations: Click here now to send a powerful message to the 12 political leaders who are about to make a decision that will affect generations.
It is crucial to call your representatives in Congress and tell them to oppose Fast Tracking the TPP. Go to: www.house.gov/representatives to find your representative. Tell him or her to vote NO ON FAST TRACK!!
Also, please sign the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-dont-renew-fast
Some people still do not know what the TPP is; in fact, someone recently asked if the TPP stood for “toilet paper party.” While the acronym may conjure up visions of white bath tissue streaming from tall oak trees placed there by adolescent pranksters, this term could easily be applied to the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership “treaty” for which it stands, given the way that the TPP treats our Constitution and the ordure that it represents. It very much deserves to be flushed down the toilet as it is malodorous with corporate corruption.
If we don’t want to see what remains of our democratic process completely obliterated and corporate global rule installed in its place, then it is time to act!! Sign up here to join the #TPPTuesday Social Media Action Team – an online effort to promote and expand the growing movement to stop this power coup d’etat by the 1%. Go to: http://www.flushthetpp.org/ to learn more.
Education is being taken over by corporate interests and religious extremists whose intent is to privatize for profit and dismantle public education in the case of the former, and to replace scientific information with fundamentalist, patriarchal religious dogma in the case of the latter. Our educational institutions are in crisis and citizens’ access to education threatened.
See these articles:
“The Corporate Takeover of Education” by Luma Nichol http://www.socialism.com/drupal-6.8/?q=node/2120
“The dark side of home schooling: creating soldiers for the culture war” by Katherine Stewart
Religious groups pushing for more and more influence in public schools:
Air Occupy will be having a probative discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, aka the TPP, today at 8 a.m. PST on www.GoliathRadio.com
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a secretly-negotiated agreement between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam with options for countries such as Korea, Thailand, and China to join over time, that has been referred to as “NAFTA on steroids” and a “1%er power tool” by Lori Wallach at Citizens’ Trade Watch. It is crucial that we stop the passage of this toxic, undemocratic, corporate monster that will defeat democracy itself, both domestically and abroad, as corporate ISDS tribunals will trump local, state, and federal governments and the will of the people if it passes.