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occupyonline:

Hundreds of protesters clad in rain gear marched through downtown San Francisco on Friday evening - one of several events in a day of action organized by Occupy San Francisco and other allied groups on the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which removed limits on how much money corporations could spend on political campaigns

Multiple blocks of California Street and Montgomery Street were blocked for hours by the demonstrations at two banks and the ensuing response by police in riot gear.

In the city’s financial district police arrested 18 people for trespassing, including a group that refused to move their human chain blocking an entrance to the headquarters of Wells Fargo. Another was arrested for allegedly grabbing a police officer’s baton.

(via eternallyunresolved)

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YET ANOTHER REMINDER THAT DEMOCRACY IS AN ILLUSION
by SIMON BLACK  January 23, 2012

With over 150 million registered users, the file sharing site MegaUpload.com is one of the most popular on the Internet. At least, it was.
The site has now been seized by the US government and its homepage converted to an FBI anti-piracy warning. Its founder, a high tech entrepreneur named Kim Dotcom (yes, he had it legally changed), was arrested in New Zealand after his homes were raided and assets seized.
These actions were all at the behest of the US government. And it’s just the latest example of Big Brother overextending its authority across the entire world.
[…]

 The government is using its bureaucracy to completely circumvent due process and make an example of somebody that they consider a nuisance.
So why should they care? What interest could the US government possibly have in a silly file sharing site? None. But the entertainment industry does.
You see, we don’t live in a representative democracy. Democracy is an illusion to make people believe that they’re free. Instead, it’s blocs of large corporations who are really in control. If the entertainment business wants Kim Dotcom to go away, the government will invent or break any law necessary to make it happen. They’re all in bed together.

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YET ANOTHER REMINDER THAT DEMOCRACY IS AN ILLUSION

by SIMON BLACK  January 23, 2012

With over 150 million registered users, the file sharing site MegaUpload.com is one of the most popular on the Internet. At least, it was.

The site has now been seized by the US government and its homepage converted to an FBI anti-piracy warning. Its founder, a high tech entrepreneur named Kim Dotcom (yes, he had it legally changed), was arrested in New Zealand after his homes were raided and assets seized.

These actions were all at the behest of the US government. And it’s just the latest example of Big Brother overextending its authority across the entire world.

[…]

 The government is using its bureaucracy to completely circumvent due process and make an example of somebody that they consider a nuisance.

So why should they care? What interest could the US government possibly have in a silly file sharing site? None. But the entertainment industry does.

You see, we don’t live in a representative democracy. Democracy is an illusion to make people believe that they’re free. Instead, it’s blocs of large corporations who are really in control. If the entertainment business wants Kim Dotcom to go away, the government will invent or break any law necessary to make it happen. They’re all in bed together.

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Portland Declares That Corporations Aren’t People

cultureofresistance:

Portland, Oregon, has followed in the steps of New York and Los Angeles in passing a city resolution denouncing the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which allowed unlimited spending by corporations and unions in elections. The resolution:

establishes “that corporations should not receive the same legal rights as natural persons do, that money is not speech and that independent expenditures should be regulated” in political campaigns…

“This is about what kind of electoral system we want to devise for ourselves,” [Mayor Sam] Adams said.

In passing the resolution, Portland took an exciting step to get money out of politics. It’s a step that United Republic supporters are working to replicate around the country. To join the effort and meet other supporters in your hometown, click here.

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Oregon Live: Portland City Council approves anti-war and corporate-personhood resolutions

(Source: socialuprooting, via wolf-pachq)

Filed under politics corporations corporatism Portland Citizens United Supreme Court economy electoral politics campaign funding

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Why American election campaigns have become a huge farce: 

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC

Uploaded by  on Feb 25, 2011

http://storyofcitizensunited.org —— Season Two launches on March 1st with The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

And, for all you fact checkers out there,
http://www.storyofstuff.org/2011/03/13/story-of-citizens-united-v-fec/

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