Green Change: Green candidates call for end of corporate personhood

October 19, 2010 in Grassroots Democracy

On Monday October 18 Green Change issued a press release entitled “Green candidates call for end of corporate personhood” announcing that 110 Green Party candidates nationwide are calling for a “Green New Deal” to end the legal doctrine of corporate personhood, which grants corporations constitutional rights that had previously been reserved for people.

The announcement was viewed by over 10,000 people in the first 24 hours. On the popular news site reddit, the story surged to the front page with well over 1,000 readers voting it up.

Green Party candidates for Governor in Tennessee and Arkansas, as well as for US Senate in Arkansas, earned mention for opposing corporate personhood in the Memphis Commercial Appeal in an article entitled “Green Party calls for change in legal status of corporations”.

Green Party candidates for US House of Representatives in Connecticut also earned mention in a piece in the Norwich Bulletin entitled “Green Party targets corporate election rights”.

Here is the full text of the Green Change press release:

110 Green Party candidates nationwide are calling for a “Green New Deal” to end the legal doctrine of corporate personhood, which grants corporations constitutional rights that had previously been reserved for people.
In addition, in August the U.S. Green Party endorsed “stripping [corporations] of artificial ‘personhood’ and constitutional protections,” along with “revoking the charters of corporations that routinely violate safety, health, environmental protection or other laws.”
In contrast, neither the Democratic nor the Republican parties support ending corporate personhood, or revoking the corporate charters of lawless corporations.
“Democrats and Republicans together have installed the judges who have brought corporate rule to America,” said Gary Ruskin, co-founder of Green Change, a national political organization.  “If you want to fix the economy, clean up corruption in Washington, and save the environment, then vote Green to abolish corporate personhood.”
The U.S. Supreme Court established the doctrine of corporate personhood in 1886 (Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Co.)  But during the last 35 years, the Court has bestowed especially potent Bill of Rights protections to corporations, including the right to make unlimited contributions in an election (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti), and the right to speak (Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission).
Of the 110 Green candidates who have endorsed the “Green New Deal,” eleven are running for governor, eight for U.S. Senate and 35 for U.S. House of Representatives.
These are the ten planks of the Green New Deal:
  • Cut military spending at least 70%
  • Create millions of green union jobs through massive public investment in renewable energy, mass transit and conservation
  • Set ambitious, science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and enact a revenue-neutral carbon tax to meet them
  • Establish single-payer “Medicare for all” health care
  • Provide tuition-free public higher education
  • Change trade agreements to improve labor, environmental, consumer, health and safety standards
  • End counterproductive prohibition policies and legalize marijuana
  • Enact tough limits on credit interest and lending rates, progressive tax reform and strict financial regulation
  • Amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate personhood
  • Pass sweeping electoral, campaign finance and anti-corruption reforms
Following are the candidates who have endorsed the Green New Deal.

Arkansas
Jim Lendall, Green candidate for Governor of AR
John Gray, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, AR
Joshua Drake, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, AR-4
Conrad Harvin, Green candidate for AR House of Representatives, District 33

Arizona
William Crum, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-2
Rebecca DeWitt, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-4
Richard Grayson, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-6
Justin Dahl, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 12
Luisa Valdez, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 15
Angel Torres, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 16
Gregor Knauer, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 17
Linda Macias, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 21

California
Laura Wells, Green candidate for Governor of CA
Duane Roberts, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, CA
Charles Crittenden, Green candidate for Treasurer of CA
Ross Frankel, Green candidate for Controller of CA
Carol Wolman, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-1
Ben Emery, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-4
Dave Heller, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-9
Jeremy Cloward, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-10
Eric Petersen, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-17
Jack Lindblad, Green candidate for CA State Assembly, District 39
Linda Piera-Avila, Green candidate for CA State Assembly, District 41
Cynthia Santiago, Green candidate for CA State Assembly, District 51
Lisa Green, Green candidate for CA State Assembly, District 53
Gayle McLaughlin, Green Mayor of Richmond, CA and candidate for re-election
Don Macleay, Green candidate for Mayor of Oakland, CA
Dave Meserve, Green candidate for Arcata City Council, CA
Richard Boyle, Green candidate for San Bernardino County Community College Board of Governors, CA
Gary Blenner, Green candidate for Center Joint Unified School Board, CA

Colorado
Bob Kinsey, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, CO
Gary Swing, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CO-1

Connecticut
Mike DeRosa, Green candidate for CT Secretary of State
Ken Krayeske, Green candidate for US House of Representatives, CT-1
Charlie Pillsbury, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CT-3

District of Columbia
David Schwartzman, Green candidate for DC City Council At-Large
David Bosserman, Green candidate for DC ANC District SMD 1D05

Florida
Steve Wilkie, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, FL-2
Anita Stewart, Green candidate for Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation Board, FL

Illinois
Rich Whitney, Green candidate for Governor of IL
LeAlan Jones, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, IL
Erika Schafer, Green candidate for IL Comptroller
Laurel Lambert Schmidt, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-3
Kip Robbins, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-7
Simon Ribeiro, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-9
Rodger Jennings, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-12
Dan Kairis, Green Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-14
Sheldon Schafer, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-18
Jeremy Karpen, Green candidate for IL House of Representatives, District 39
Vince LaMie, Green candidate for IL House of Representatives, District 105
Brent Ritzel, Green candidate for Jackson County Board District 5, IL
Michael Smith, Green candidate for Cook County Commissioner District 2, IL

Iowa
David Arthur Smithers, Green candidate for IA House of Representatives, District 89

Maryland
Maria Allwine, Green candidate for Governor of MD

Maine
Erin Cianchette, Green candidate for ME House of Representatives District 108
Anna Trevorrow, Green candidate for ME House of Representatives, District 120

Massachusetts
Jill Stein, Green candidate for governor of MA
Nat Fortune, Green candidate for State Auditor, MA

Michigan
Lloyd Clarke, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-2
Charlie Shick, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-3
J. Matthew de Heus, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-5
Richard Wunsch, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-7
Candace Caveny, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-10
Julia Williams, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-12
James Arnoldi, Green candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, MI
Margaret Guttshall, Green candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, MI
Richard Kuszmar, Green candidate for MI State Senate District 9
Derek Grigsby, Green candidate for MI House of Representatives, District 7
Franklin Harden, Green candidate for MI House of Representatives, District 35
Lou Novak, Green candidate for Wayne County Commissioner, District 6, MI

Minnesota
Annie Young, Green candidate for MN State Auditor

Missouri
Midge Potts, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, MO

Montana
Cheryl Wolfe, Green candidate for MT State House, District 11

Nevada
David Curtis, Green candidate for Governor of NV

New Jersey
Mark Heacock, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-1
Steve Welzer, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-4
Ed Fanning, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-5

New York
Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for Governor of NY
Cecile Lawrence, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, NY
Julia Willebrand, Green candidate for NY State Comptroller
Anthony Gronowicz, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NY-7
Ann Roos, Green candidate for NY State Senate, District 31
Carl Lundgren, Green candidate for NY State Assembly, District 82
Michael Donnelly, Green candidate for NY State Assembly, District 119

Ohio
Dennis Spisak, Green candidate for Governor of OH
Dennis Lambert, Green candidate for OH House of Representatives, District 89
Alan Crossman, Green candidate for Cuyahoga County Council District 3, OH

Oklahoma
Edward Shadid, Green candidate for OK State House District 85


Oregon
Chris Henry, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, OR-1
Mike Beilstein, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, OR-4
Chris Lugo, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, OR-5
Mark Callahan, Green candidate for OR House of Representatives, District 13

Pennsylvania
Mel Packer, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, PA
Ed Bortz, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, PA-14
Dodie Lovett, Green candidate for PA House of Representatives, District 108
Rex D’Agostino, Green candidate (write-in)
 for PA House of Representatives, District 183
Hugh Giordano, Green candidate for PA State House District 194

South Carolina
Morgan Reeves, Green candidate for Governor of SC
Robert Dobbs, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, SC-1

Tennessee
Howard Switzer, Green candidate for Governor of TN
John Miglietta, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, TN-5

Texas
Deb Shafto, Green candidate for Governor of TX
Edward Lindsay, Green candidate for TX Comptroller
Jim Howe, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, TX-11
Kat Swift, Green candidate for Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 2, TX
Don Cook, Green candidate for Harris County Clerk, TX
Joy Vidheecharoen-Glatz, Green candidate for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3, Dallas County, TX

Wisconsin
Ben Manski, Green candidate for Representative in the WI State Assembly District 77

West Virginia
Jesse Johnson, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, WV
Green Change is a national political organization based in San Rafael, California.  We aim to build the Green political and cultural movement in the United States.  For more information, see www.greenchange.org.

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