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Rights of Nature: Ohio Organizer Tish O’Dell on Top of Mind with Julie Rose
If corporations have individual rights under US law – like freedom of speech – why not a grant a lake or forest or river the same status? Ohio organizer Tish O’Dell talks about Toledo’s groundbreaking law – the Lake Erie Bill of Rights – and the Rights of Nature Movement!
VIDEO: ‘The Transformation from Reformist to Revolutionary’
This 6 minute short explains how, across numerous social issues—from housing, worker rights, environmental protection to gentrification—“the people in the community lack the legal authority to determine their own future, a basic tenet of democracy.”
Tom Paine on Corporate Charters
I answer not to falsehood or abuse, but proceed to the defects of the English Government. I begin with charters and corporations.
The Strings that Control the Public Mind
How Public Relations Sold Sewage Disposal as Agricultural Recycling
Centralization and Popular Control, From: The Growth and Decadence of Constitutional Government, by J. Allen Smith, 1930
The attitude of the well-to-do classes toward local self-government was profoundly influenced by the extension of the suffrage…the removal of property qualifications tended to divest the old ruling class of its control in local affairs.
Excerpt from “The Confessions of a Reformer,” written in 1925 by Richard C. Howe
My text-book government had to be discarded; my worship of the Constitution scrapped. The state that I had believed in with religious fervor was gone. Like the anthropomorphic God of my childhood, it had never existed. But crashing beliefs cleared the air. I saw that democracy had not failed; it had never been tried.