The Spring 2012 End Corporate Rule issue launches featuring Strategy #1: Amend the constitution to end corporate personhood
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         February 2012 


The “End Corporate Rule” issue of YES! Magazine

  The YES! Breakthrough 15, the Winter 2012 issue of YES! Magazine
 
  Peace Power photo by Glenn Halog 9 Best Strategies to End Corporate Rule
Corporate power is behind the politics of climate denial, Wall Street bailouts, union busting, and media consolidation, to name just a few. But real people have power, too. Here are some of our most successful strategies.
 
 
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Dear Reader,

Most of us know corporations have too much power. Eighty percent of Americans oppose Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates to corporate campaign contributions. But challenging the power of Wall Street and big corporations seems impossible precisely because they have so much wealth and power.

For the spring issue of YES!, our editors set out to find the best strategies for putting We the People in charge. Because otherwise it will be difficult—perhaps impossible—to address joblessness, the climate crisis, insolvent state and local governments, corrupted elections, and financial schemes that siphon off money and resources from the 99 percent.

Some say we don’t have the power to challenge corporate rule. But we found as we researched this issue that there is actually a lot we can do. We can move our own finances away from the corporate sector. We can pass local resolutions calling for an end to “corporate personhood.” We can do direct action, revoke corporate charters, build a movement to amend the Constitution, and create and support independent media.

Get involved, and you’ll find you’ve got some great company!

See what’s inside the issue, and if you’re not already a subscriber, make this issue the first in your subscription with this introductory $15 offer.

Sarah van GelderBest,
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Sarah van Gelder
Executive Editor, YES! Magazine


  More from the End Corporate Rule Issue of YES! Magazine…  

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Monopoly Guy graphicStrategy #1—Amend the constitution to end corporate personhood

Rights are for Real People
by Jeffrey D. Clements

If we believe the Supreme Court has gotten it wrong, we can overrule it by amending the Constitution. That is what Americans have always done when the Supreme Court goes off the rails, and when fundamental questions of our republican democracy need to be addressed once and for all.

Citizens United, and the response of Americans across the political spectrum to the raw assertion of corporate power, has ignited a national movement. A large, diverse, and effective campaign for a “People’s Rights Amendment,” a 28th Amendment to our Constitution to overturn corporate rights and restore the Bill of Rights for people, is growing rapidly.  

MORE ON WHERE THE INFAMOUS CITIZENS UNITED DECISION CAME FROM AND HOW TO OVERTURN IT …
Just the Facts

Lobbying’s Big Payoff
Monopoly Illustration Fact: Lobbying. The best investment around.

For example, General Electric spent $84.4 million lobbying for its tax subsidy of $8.4 billion, a 100-to-1 return on investment.
Verizon and Wells Fargo logos Fact: Some of the wealthiest corporations pay no taxes at all. They even get money back.

For example, Wells Fargo made $49.4 billion and got $68 million in refunds. Verizon made $32.8 billion in profit and got $951 million in refunds.
READ MORE FACTS …
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Concerned about Wall Street’s devastating impact on communities? Then invest in yourself—the most local investment of all.

A People’s History of Robin Hood
by Paul Buhle

For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today.

Let It Not Happen Again
by Clarence Moriwaki

Reflections on the 70th anniversary of Japanese American internment.

What If Corporations Couldn’t Use Our Commons For Free?
by Peter Barnes

How our shared resources could become a source of common wealth.


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Fran Korten Last Wednesday was Support Your Media Day. YES! readers really showed up! In 24 hours, we raised $5,630 from 146 people online. And we won $1,000 for being the first organization to bring in 50 donors. Wow! Thanks for helping us to spread the solutions in the “End Corporate Rule” issue of YES! far and wide. If you didn’t give that day, you still can. Every day, YES! readers make it possible to inspire others with the solutions that our world needs most. Thank you.


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Fran Korten
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YES! Magazine

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