As the first signs of spring begin to emerge from my backyard, I have also noticed the first signs of the 99 percent reasserting their rights, indeed their very need to protect their life, liberty, and happiness in marches and rallies across America. It makes me feel proud of my country and my fellow citizens to see such signs.
I've also noticed a great many activists from Occupy and elsewhere increasingly focused on the need to overturn Citizens Untied and many other Supreme Court actions that have cemented the power of corporate CEO's and the dominant 1% by demanding a constitutional amendment and other reforms to eliminate their undue influence on our elections and our policymaking. Here's how we can make that happen.
Occupy could borrow a page from the Montana rebellion that began last week as activists filed a statewide ballot measure to instruct Montana's congressional delegation to do everything possible to pass a constitutional amendment that would establish the corporations do not have constitutional rights as people and that there should be limits on all money in politics to establish a level playingfield for ideas.
There is a long history of these voter instructions actions in our country, one we must resurrect.
Occupy could take this concept to every city Hall in America. Imagine if after a week's worth of marches on corporate headquarters, congressional district offices, and court buildings if protesters descended on city halls.
During the public comment period that usually occurs at the beginning of every city council meeting, a single citizen could rise and say:
" I'm going to keep talking until you limit my speech. It is wholly unacceptable that my government limits my speech that is truly free in this council chamber while allowing the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and a few hundred of the wealthiest 1 % to drown out the speech of the 99% with unlimited spending on TV ads, junk mail, and robocalls. I insist that this council provide all the voters of this city with the opportunity to vote on a ballot measure instructing all our elected officials at the state and federal level to use every means possible to restore a government of the people, by the people, and for the people by passing a constitutional amendment and other legislation that ensures that corporations do not have the same constitutional rights as real people, that limits money spent on political campaigns and lobbying and ensures that all citizens, regardless of wealth, can have their voice be heard. [repeat until silenced]
Then, suppose at the next council meeting, 2 people did this. And the following week, 4 people. Then 8 people. Then 16. Then 32.....