Wednesday, January 18, 2012

US protesters plan to Occupy Courts

A sign found at the Occupy DC encampment in Washington. (file photo)

Source: Press TV

US Occupiers are planning to participate in “Occupy the Courts,” a one day protest at the Supreme Court in Washington, as well as at other federal court houses across the country.

Move to Amend, the group responsible for organizing the Friday event, proposes a Constitutional Amendment that ends the "judicial fiction of corporate Constitutional rights."

The event comes one day before the second anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons with 1st Amendment rights.

A news release from Occupy Cincinnati says that neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions corporations, which were rare when the US was founded.

Angry protesters say the US courts are places where there is no chance of a fair judgment for the 99 percent of Americans, against the power and influence of the 1 percent.

“Occupy the Courts” is an extension of Occupy Wall Street movement that began on September 17 last year.

The Occupy Wall Street movement first began when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.

Despite police crackdown and mass arrests, the Occupy movement, which grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has now spread to many major US cities as well as to Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and other countries.

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