Jill Stein Rallies Movement to “Occupy the Courts”
January 20, 2012 in Presidential Campaign
From Jill Stein for President:
Tens of thousands of Americans in over 130 cities gather today at federal courthouses and in public squares, nearly the two-year anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC, to reject the doctrines of corporate personhood and money is speech. Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, is a lead speaker today in Washington, D.C., where she joins protestors on the steps of the court building of the Supreme Court of the United States. Dr. Stein joins leading members of the Move to Amend coalition, as well as Thom Hartmann, Medea Benjamin, and others in this role.
“Since 1996, the Green Party has called for a constitutional amendment to abolish the doctrine of corporate personhood,” said Stein. “Greens have been ahead of the curve, but today, the curve has caught up with us, and now this movement for a constitution that serves we, the people, has gathered a historic momentum.”
The Move to Amend coalition, responsible for today’s Occupy the Courts actions, is by far the nation’s largest and most diverse coalition working to overturn Citizens United v. FEC. In addition to today’s actions, local Move to Amend affiliates are instigators of the dozens of municipal and local government resolutions already adopted this year calling for constitutional reform.
Move to Amend is a genuinely non-partisan coalition in that its leadership includes members of various political parties, as well as independents. Among the prominent Green Party members who are co-founders of Move to Amend are David Cobb (2004 Green Party presidential nominee), Leesa George Friday (co-chair of the Black Caucus of the Green Party of the United States), Ben Manski (former national party co-chair, 2001-2004), and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (a local elected official in northern California).