Move to Amend spokesman to speak in Rockland
Rockland — Speaker David Cobb, the Move to Amend spokesman, will talk about the Move to Amend campaign, an initiative to create democracy by challenging corporate rule.
The talk will be held Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at First Universalist Church, 245 Broadway, Rockland.
The talk will be followed by discussion and refreshments. There will be no charge. It is open to the public and sponsored by Midcoast Peace and Justice Group. For more information, call 691-0322.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. Cobb, an attorney and organizer for the Move to Amend coalition, will help local residents understand the history behind the recent decision and how they can work to abolish Corporate Personhood and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people.
“We are inspired by historic social movements that recognized the necessity of altering fundamental power relationships,” said Cobb in a news release. “Progress in America happens when ordinary people join together ― from the revolutionaries to abolitionists, suffragists, trade unionists, and civil rights activists. Move to Amend is a long-term effort to make the U.S. Constitution more democratic.”
The forum will focus on how Rockland and other communities can join the national amendment campaign against Corporate Personhood.
More than 281,111 people have signed an online petition supporting a constitutional amendment at MoveToAmend.org.
Cobb, National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited is a lawyer and political activist. He has sued corporate polluters and lobbied elected officials. He was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college. After graduating from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 he maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism.
In 2002 he ran for attorney general of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically. In 2004, he ran for president of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.