John Steiner: Community Rights Movement / Democracy School Online

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John Steiner

Learn how the rights protecting commerce and property, combined with the constitutional bestowal of the rights of personhood, have > given corporations a controlling interest over our nation, our democracy, our people and the very land we walk on. We are occupied!

A new civil rights movement is on the rise and like movements in the past, extending constitutional rights to former slaves, women and labor, people across the nation are learning how to take the power to govern out of corporate boardrooms and put it back into the hands of their communities where it belongs.

This stimulating and illuminating course teaches citizens and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fracking, toxic dumps, quarries, factory farms, uranium, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights. Democracy School Online also traces the development of peoples’ rights and corporate rights through U.S. history (corporations were given the rights of personhood before women were!), so we understand how things came to be the way they are. Working together, we can restore our rights as persons and our democracy.

Democracy School Online is presented by the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund (CELDF).