Let’s momentarily step away from the election and take a look at a profound injustice that has been created in the American legal system, Corporate Personhood. Corporations are never mentioned in the Constitution but the Supreme Court has slowly developed the idea that corporations are legally considered “persons.” It is so ingrained in the legal system that in my Constitutional Law class, while doing an exercise interpreting the Constitution as if it had just been written, I made an argument extending federal power to regulate corporations and my professor said “but corporations are people…blah blah blah…and you can not infringe on their rights.” This is a man who graduated Sigma Cum Laude from Harvard and clerked for several Supreme Court Justices, but he didn’t realize (or at least didn’t question) that corporate personhood was not written into the Constitution. It is so taken for granted that no one is questioning it as a rule of law that is possible to overturn.

Last week, Tom Linzey, the founder of CELDF, spoke at my school and presented his plan for fighting corporate personhood. It was fascinating and I urge you all to take a look at the work he is doing. Read this article for starters (http://www.celdf.org/news/lickingtwp.asp ) and if you are interested in setting something up in your community, search around on the website and it will give you a lot of tips and suggestions.

This is a truely radical stance that works within the system. What it comes down to is that he is encouraging local communities to pass ordinances that overrule corporate personhood in that city. Clearly fedaral law is always binding over state or city law, but only if it is Constitutional. For courts to overturn these ordinances they will have to blaintently say, “corporations constitutionally have more rights than the majority opinion of the people.” Can you imagine the impact a ruling like that would have to spark wide spread dissent? Whose rights as people are more important? Actual people or corporations?

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