Quote- "This is Paul Cienfuegos' talk on the ascendancy of corporate rights over the rights of of people as citizens, and how this trend can be reversed. The assertion of corporate over citizen rights came into sharp focus this January with the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision which opens the floodgates of unrestricted corporate money into election campaigns, under the guise of free speech. Countering this trend are citizen revolts, many in small communities, which assert the right of the people who live in a community to decide what happens to that community and to its natural environment. Abroad, this movement worked with the government of Ecuador to include in its constitution the inherent rights of nature, its ecosystems, and its genetic heritage." endquote ... http://kboo.fm/node/20386
Paul occasionally comes to give workshops in the Skagit & Whatcom county area, sponsored by Peace & Justice Centers in the past. There are local democracy study & work groups.
His website is at: http://paulcienfuegos.com/
Paul's talk was sponsored by: Alliance for Democracy, City Repair, Economic Justice Action Group, First Unitarian Church of Portland, Real Wealth of Portland, Transition PDX, and Womens International League for Peace and Freedom.
Also listen to many Transition Town ideas in this talk by Riki Ott and David Cobb about a new model of economy- ‘Organizing Community to Abolish Corporate Personhood “ at this link-
*Community Environmental Defense Fund- This is the organization that assisted residence in rural Pennsylvania & in Pittsburgh, to protect their land & natural resources from damaging corporate actions.
Tom Linzey is the executive director & an activist & attorney. Video- http://www.celdf.org/section.php?id=35