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October 30, 2012
6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Unitarian Universalist Church
4646 Turner St
Rockford, IL 61107
Occupy Rockford presents the premier viewing of Behind Your Back, a documentary look at how workers have drawn the line against the vulture capitalist off-shoring of American jobs in Freeport, Illinois, and indeed globally, and how their “Bainport” encampment across from the Sensata Technologies plant where they have worked for decades has become a global symbol of worker defiance against off-shoring pioneers like Bain Capital whose partners put ever-increasing profits above people and the destruction of the American Dream.
Join Occupy Rockford, invited guests and the public for this first ever showing, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4646 Turner St, Rockford, IL 61107.
170 American families will lose their jobs this Christmas, a gift from Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.
Romney’s Bain bought a profitable company and is forcing employees to train Chinese replacements so Bain partners, including Romney, can “harvest” millions in profits sending the jobs to China.
THIS is the corporatocracy’s vision for America.
Occupy Rockford registered voters at Concord Commons yesterday, Sept. 22, 2012, despite security personnel refusing to accept our email confirmation that complex management had given us permission to set up a table to register on the grounds. We relocated to the public sidewalk outside the entrance and engaged many motorists and pedestrians about registration and were able to debunk many misconceptions about the process.
We were heartened by the honks, waves, smiles and thumbs up from residents who came and went in cars. Folks truly seemed to appreciate our presence.
Despite the setback posed by the toy security personnel, it was a successful day for Occupy and the people of Concord Commons.
During a radio debate this morning on WCMY AM-1430, Ottawa, IL, Republican 16th District congressional candidate Adam Kinzinger falsely claimed that his opponent, Democrat Wanda Rohl, had addressed an “Occupy convention.”
Kinzinger stated, “She [Ms. Rohl] actually said at an Occupy convention that ‘This may not be popular to say, but I like socialized medicine.’”
Occupy Rockford has held no conventions; there have been no conventions convened by any other Occupy groups in northern Illinois.
Occupy Rockford is a non-partisan citizen’s movement dedicated to social, economic and political justice. At no time has Occupy Rockford or any other local Occupy movement endorsed or voiced opposition to any political candidates or parties. Neither will Occupy Rockford allow the Republican candidate for Congress to falsely invoke our name to score political points.
We will be attempting to carpool for those interested in going to the Solidarity with Sensata action tomorrow in Freeport. We will meet at the northwest corner of the Hilander parking lot on Barnes Rd. (CherryVale Mall) at 11:00am. We will have people going for the day and also some camping out overnight. They already have an established tent and plan on having events all day. If you would like to join in the festivities, please check out their event at: HERE
and comment on here to make sure we don’t forget anyone. If you would like to go on your own, please make sure you are at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds by noon. Occupy garb is not neccessary, but certainly allowed. Any candidate that would like to make a stop there is encouraged as well.
Sensata Technologies, owned by Bain Capital, is outsourcing 170 jobs to China. Not only are they losing their jobs, they also have to train their replacements! This is a profitable company for Bain and there is no need to take those overseas. Help the employees and the community ask Gov. Romney to come to Freeport and see what the company he is still profiting from is doing to the town.
Occupy Rockford has taken up the challenge of bringing the Move to Amend effort before the people. For months we have been circulating the Move to Amend petition both in paper and online forms; now we will be bringing the effort before town councils large and small in an effort to get local resolutions passed in support of a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Courts 2010 Citizens United vs. The Federal Elections Commission ruling, a decision that declared that corporations are people endowed with the same Constitutional rights as natural born human beings and that money constitutes Constitutionally-protected speech.
To date, more than 280 cities and 6 states have approved similar resolutions, calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the controversial ruling. For details visit Move to Amend at www.movetoamend.org.
Just two weeks ago, Chicago joined that growing list when it passes resolution to oppose the Citizens Untied vs. the Federal Elections Commission ruling.
In its unanimous decision to oppose Citizens United, the Chicago City Council said:
“BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Mayor and the members of the City Council of the City of Chicago respectfully but emphatically disagree with the majority opinion and decision of the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and the members of the Chicago City Council of the City of Chicago, call upon the United States Congress to propose and send to the states for ratification a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.”
On July 27, Chicago Alderman Joe Moore introduced a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election.
Here is the text of that resolution:
RESOLUTION CALLING UPON THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
TO PROPOSE AND SEND TO THE STATES FOR RATIFICATION
A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN
CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION AND
RESTORE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND
FAIR ELECTIONS TO THE PEOPLE
WHEREAS, The free speech protections set forth in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution are fundamental to our democracy; and
WHEREAS, In adopting the First Amendment, our nation’s founders intended to protect the free speech rights of people, not corporations; and
WHEREAS, Corporations are not people but, instead, are artificial entities created by the laws of states and nations; and
WHEREAS, Fair and free elections are essential to democracy and effective self-governance; and
WHEREAS, Campaign finance laws, including limits on campaign contributions, are key tools to combating political corruption; and
WHEREAS, For the past three decades, a divided United States Supreme Court has transformed the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade and invalidate democratically enacted reforms; and
WHEREAS, This corporate misuse of the First Amendment and the United States Constitution reached an extreme conclusion in the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, 130 S.Ct. 876 (2010); and
WHEREAS, Justice John Paul Stevens, writing on behalf of the four dissenting justices in Citizens United, noted that “corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established;” and
WHEREAS, Justice Stevens further observed in his dissent that corporations have special advantages not enjoyed by natural persons, such as limited liability, perpetual life, and favorable treatment of the accumulation and distribution of assets, that allow them to spend prodigious sums on campaign messages that have little or no correlation with the beliefs held by natural persons; and
WHEREAS, Over thirty-five years earlier, the Supreme Court in Buckley v. Valeo held that government cannot constitutionally limit the amount of money that individuals can spend to influence the electoral process; and
WHEREAS, The Supreme Court’s rulings in Citizens United and Buckley have posed a serious and direct threat to our democracy by unleashing a torrent of corporate and personal money in our political process unmatched by any campaign expenditures in United States history; and
WHEREAS, Restricting the ability of Congress and the States to impose legal limits on political contributions and spending allows corporations and wealthy individuals to unduly influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions, and drowns the voices of ordinary citizens; and
WHEREAS, The general public and political leaders in our nation have long recognized that the interests of corporations do not always correspond with the public interest and, therefore, the political influence of corporations should be limited; and
WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution empowers and obligates the people and States of the United States of America to use the Constitutional amendment process to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that go to the heart of our democracy and republican form of self-government; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Mayor and the members of the City Council of the City of Chicago respectfully but emphatically disagree with the majority opinion and decision of the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and the members of the Chicago City Council of the City of Chicago, call upon the United States Congress to propose and send to the states for ratification a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That such a Constitutional amendment should make clear that the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons and do not extend to corporations; that corporations are subject to regulation by the people through the legislative process so long as the regulations are consistent with the powers of Congress and the States and do not limit freedom of the press; and that Congress and the States shall have the power to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures, including political contributions and expenditures from individuals and corporations; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this resolution be prepared and submitted to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate, and to each member of the Illinois Congressional delegation.
JOSEPH A. MOORE
Alderman, 49th Ward
Another example from earlier this year is Franklin Township NJ which passed its own resolution. The text of that resolution can be found here:
If nearly 300 municipalities can do it, so can we. That’s why we intend to approach as many local city and town councils as we can in the northern Illinois area to have similar resolutions passed.
Why go the local route?
Make no mistake, our local strategy does not mean that we’ve abandoned that national Move to Amend campaign. We will continue to share the Move to Amend message and link, and we will continue to circulate the petitions. However, by also focusing on local resolutions, we’ll make inroads into geographical areas that will become invaluable when broaching the Amendment language to county boards and the State Legislature. It will be difficult for the state reps to ignore the concept in scores of towns in their districts have already passed resolutions.
But we can’t do this alone. We need people in every town to gather information about how to bring a resolution before their respective town boards and what it takes to get one passed. Then we’ll need people to present the resolution to the boards.
Meanwhile, we’ll be honing the language of our proposed resolution, hoping to have the same resolution go before every council for uniformity and ease of explanation. It’s much easier to say “It’s the exact same resolution already passed by towns A, B, C, D, E…” than to have to reinvent the wheel every time.
We hope you will join us in making this happen. The more local and state governments we can convince to pass such legislation, the better our chance of obtaining the 2/3 of states necessary to pass a Constitutional Amendment.
Are you registered to vote?
Come down to Just Goods today from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and get yourself set for November!
If you know anyone at all who is not yet registered to vote, get them registered, too!
201 Seventh St.
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
A few people asked about sign ideas. These are ones I have collected and decided to spend 2 minutes posting them. They may not all be aplicable for you, but a few should get the creative juices flowing… or at least make you chuckle. -JG