2014 – Publication this month of “Banking on Never-Ending Power and Rights” by Greg Coleridge, By What Authority.
“Given the increasing omnipotence of money in determining who gets elected, what political voices get heard, when laws get passed, which programs get funded and how regulations are enacted and implemented, understanding the role of banking corporations in the creation and circulation of our nation’s money and in their lock-down control of our “monetary system” is essential to (re)gain political and economic self-governance.
…Giving banking corpses the license to print money, however, dwarfs every other form of privatization/corporatization of our society in terms of transferring economic and political power.
…Compounding the power for banking corporations to freely create money is their ability to leverage existing bank deposits — via fractional reserve banking – and create ten or more times as much money as they actually have on deposit. That’s vast economic power. And with vast economic power comes vast political power.
…While different fundamental reforms divide the public from a practical standpoint (i.e. there’s only so many causes any one person can work on at one time), changing our nation’s basic legal and constitutional ground rules can unite us.
Enacting Move to Amend’s ‘We the People Amendment’ declaring that only human beings, not corporations, possess inalienable constitutional rights and that political money is not equal to free speech helps all of us working for any fundamental reform.”
1837 – Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge Supreme Court decision, 36 U.S. 420 (1837)
“[T]he continued existence of a government would be of no great value, if by implications and presumptions, it was disarmed of the powers necessary to accomplish the ends of its creation; and the functions it was designed to perform, transferred to the hands of privileged corporations.”
2015 – “What the BLEEP Happened to Hip Hop” held 2-day event in Seattle
Hip Hop Congress and Move to Amend partner presented on this date: “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?”, a multi-racial and intergenerational public education event. These events have been organized in several cities around the country and more are planned. They are part of a larger national campaign seeking to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over the hip hop industry specifically, and over the arts, culture and society in general.
1904 – Death of Marc Hanna, political manager of President William McKinley, U.S. Senator, businessman
“There are two things important in politics. The first is money. I can’t remember what the second one is.”
McKinley’s 1896 campaign, orchestrated by Hanna, was (in)famous as the most expensive presidential contest to that date, and is regarded as setting the stage for “modern” American political campaigns.
2011 – Resolution introduced in Washington State Senate calling for a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not persons under U.S. law
Washington State Senator Adam Kline introduced the resolution.
1971 – Death of Adolf Berle, lawyer, educator, diplomat, and author of “The Modern Corporation and Private Property”
“A democracy is predicated on the idea that ordinary men and women are capable of governing themselves.”
1922 – Capper Volstead Act, a “Magna Carta of Cooperation,” becomes law
The Co-operative Marketing Associations Act provided “associations” of persons producing agricultural products certain exemptions from antitrust laws. Before its passage, corporations used the Sherman Act and Clayton Antitrust Act to challenge farmers from forming voluntary cooperative associations to process, handle and market their products. The Act represented the result of a long struggle by farmers for their right to organize cooperatives.
1942 – Japanese-Americans forced into Concentration Camps in the United States (Executive Order 9066).
Executive order by Franklin Delano Roosevelt forces 111,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents into concentration camps until 1946. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mr97qyKA2s