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Re: A New More Effective Direction for Our Protests US 4 months, 4 weeks ago #18

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There are at least 13 different efforts to pass a Constitutional amendment or amendments that reverse Citizens United, and deal with the corruption of money in our electoral process. This is a good thing, imho. The amendment that gave 18 year olds the right to vote was ratified quickly because of the Vietnam War, and 18 year olds were dying in that war. We may have an opportunity given the ferment in the country that OWS has generated, bringing the conversation about inequality and corruption in our politics and elections to the fore. Start working to pass local resolutions condemning corporate personhood and clean elections, pass state resolutions, and when enough states can claim this, we can threaten Congress with a Constitutional Convention. This is the broad outline. Parallel paths can be taken in our assault but this strategy has a precedent that might work for us. Passing these resolutions and eventually amendments that address some of the corruption is working in the right direction.

Occupy Shareholder Meetings is another. Beat them at their own game. As a shareholder hold the corporate masters accountable, demand governance changes that make corporate boards more democratic. Demand downsizing of the multinational behemoths that are squandering resources for their own profit, cut them down to a size that can be drowned in a bathtub, if need be... Form stock buying groups that can buy enough shares to have a say, influence the corporation from within. Reform them to just and equitable standards. A hard task, but not impossible.

Re: A New More Effective Direction for Our Protests US 2 months, 4 weeks ago #46

sdemtri: Occupy Shareholder Meetings is another. Beat them at their own game. As a shareholder hold the corporate masters accountable, demand governance changes that make corporate boards more democratic. Demand downsizing of the multinational behemoths that are squandering resources for their own profit, cut them down to a size that can be drowned in a bathtub, if need be... Form stock buying groups that can buy enough shares to have a say, influence the corporation from within. Reform them to just and equitable standards. A hard task, but not impossible.

What's galled me for decades is that many labor unions have major holdings via their pension-funds but have refused to use them to muscle the corporations whose stocks they have held to protect even their own members, still less working-people in general:

Reform of the unions, which I would argue should each be directed at both the State and national level by a board of directors randomly selected on a yearly basis from its membership, and its ethics overseen by ethics committees likewise selected, seems to me to be an important first step to regaining them as vigorous allies in the struggle against plutocracy.

See

jdkabc.blogspot.com/2011/10/beyond-pluto...-and-its-two_06.html

(I believe corporations should likewise be directed and their ethics overseen, if only as a condition of getting what is now automatic stockholder immunity for liability:

jdkabc.blogspot.com/2011/09/corporations...her-be-publicly.html

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