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REAL Democracy History Calendar: October 16 – 22

October 16 1898 – Birth of William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, challenger of corporate constitutional rights Douglas provided several profound dissenting opinions challenging corporate constitutional rights. One example: In Wheeling Steel Corp. v. Glander (1949), he asserted, “If … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: October 9 – 15

October 9 1773 – The East India Company (chartered by the England), and its actions in other countries, features prominently in early colonial pamphlets. “The East India Company obtained their exclusive privilege of Trade to that Country, by Bribery and … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: October 2 – 8

October 2 1869 – Birth of Mohandas Gandhi “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. The they fight you. Then you win.” 2012 – Man ticketed for driving in carpool lane with corporation “On Oct. 2nd, 2012, Jonathan “The … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: September 25 – October 1

September 25 1789 – US Bill of Rights sent to states for ratification. On this date, Congress transmitted to the state legislatures twelve proposed amendments, two of which, having to do with Congressional representation and Congressional pay, were not adopted. … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: September 18 – 24

September 18 1850 – Passage of the Fugitive Slave Act The 1793 and 1850 Fugitive Slave Acts reinforced the constitutionally enshrined property rights of slave owners. Public monies were used to pay federal marshals for each captured slave under the … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: September 11 – 17

September 11 1940 – Address at Teamsters Union Convention by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt “No business is above Government; and Government must be empowered to deal adequately with any business that tries to rise above Government.” 2001 – First complete … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: September 4 – 10

September 4 1957 – Arkansas governor calls out National Guard to prevent school integration In the name of “Preserving the Peace,” Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, called in the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Little … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: August 28 – September 3

August 28 1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech at the culmination of the March on Washington, D.C. “In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: August 21 – 27

August 21 2011 – “The Kids Are Not All Right: Corporate Interests Threaten Children’s Welfare” New York Times article by Joel Bakan “By the middle of the century, childhood was a robustly protected legal category. In 1959, the United Nations … Continue reading

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REAL Democracy History Calendar: August 14 – 20

August 14 1958 – Death of Mary Ritter Beard, U.S. historian “At no time, at no place, in solemn convention assembled, through no chosen agents, had the American people officially proclaimed the United States to be a democracy. The Constitution … Continue reading

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