Occupy Act II

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.....   
 
 

Comments

Occupy Act II

That sounds like a really great action strategy. I am a member of an Occupy Movement in Central Washington State, and we have a group which has been attending council meetings, spoken at meetings, and talked with individual council members about adopting an official city position and resolution that "Corporations are not People".
We have also since last year been protesting outside the Federal Building, and having signature drives, as well as seeking signatures for our petition to the city council from citizens of the community wherever we protest, and have been handing out informational brochures with an online petiition address at the bottom.
I am aware of the individual city efforts to build a growing awareness and mass of communities who support the end of Corporate Personhood and measures to stop the influence of Corporate Money in politics, but have not seen any initiatives, or controversial / successful ones at the state level yet. I was aware of Montana's long time State law that was recently ruled unconstitutional. It would be nice to see some States start adopting if not legislation (that can cause litigation, and be struck down), at least resolutions showing their intent which can boost momentum for further state's to participate, and hopefully get us to a critical point where we can pass an amendment. But I'm with you, and I think we need to throw everything we have behind what is the root cause of most every 99% problem we face today. Let's leave our kitchen sinks on the courthouse steps.