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My letter of concern to MoveOn.org re: its new campaign opposing the Citizens United Supreme Court decision

I wrote this critical letter to MoveOn.org’s office on August 19th. As I had expected, I have received no response at all as of today (six days later), other than an automatically generated one. I wanted to share it with my readers as I continue to hear how widespread are these concerns from among its millions of members…..

Urgent Alert re: City of Mt Shasta's community rights group

"Look to Congress for Supreme Court Fix", by Jane Anne Morris

 How is it unconstitutional for a state to require place-of-origin labels on meat? Regulate sale of its water? Establish worker protections stricter than federal standards? Where does the US Constitution say that states cannot require that toxic waste be sorted and labeled? Cannot include labor standards in state purchasing policy? Cannot make companies disclose what chemicals they use in products and facilities?

"Citizens Unite Against 'Citizens United", by Ari Berman

This article appeared in the August 16/23, 2010 edition of The Nation magazine. I (Paul) have taken the liberty of adding a few critical comments of my own throughout the article.....


Organized Wealth’s Hostility toward Local Self-Government.....

Here is a very brief excerpt from a 1930 book titled The Growth and Decadence of Constitutional Government, by J. Allen Smith

UPDATE: 'We the People of Cheltenham' collects sufficient signatures to place their initiative on the ballot.....

In my July 4 blog entry, I wrote you about .....

"We the People of Cheltenham' (WTPOC) announces the 2010 Petition Campaign to simplify the initiative and referendum process for residents of Cheltenham. "

Monroe, Maine rejects corporate personhood on June 14th at its annual Town Meeting

On June 14th, The community of Monroe, Maine, adopted an anti-corporate rights ordinance titled the “Town of Monroe Local Self-Government Ordinance”. The ordinance asserts the right of the people to local self-government and eliminates corporate “rights” under the U.S. Constitution within the town. Here's the news coverage about it in the local newspaper, the Republican Journal.

OpEd: "Why Louisiana’s ecosystems should sue BP"

Published in the Houma Today newspaper, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana on July 15, 2010

by Thomas Linzey, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund



Groundbreaking new "Democracy Matters" weekly Podcast - Check it out!

A few months ago, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF.org) launched a groundbreaking new weekly 45-minute radio show on KYRS Community Radio in Spokane, WA, which can also be heard via podcast. In CELDF's words...

Paul's latest speech "Are We The People?....." now on YouTube!

My latest speech is now viewable online on YouTube, thanks to videographer extraordinaire Cheryle Easter. It's titled "Are We The People? Striving for a Future Where Our Actions Match the Crises/Opportunities We Face", and was presented at the Village Building Convergence in Portland, OR, on June 3rd, 2010.

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