We need to abolish this as soon as possible.
What is "corporate personhood" may you ask. get this. In order to make it easy for a corporation to do buisness, the law says that is is an "artificial person." Lawyers and rich people argue that artificial persons(a-f) should have same rights as human beings,and the gov't agreed. As a result corporations have the same rights as people to free speech, due process, equal protection and more.
But a corporation is not like a human being. Unlike people, it can live forever. It does not need clean air to breath nor clean water to drink. It cannot feel pain or joy. It can be many places at oce. If it commits a crime, it cannot go to prison. Because of these and many other advantges, corporations have been able to accumulate massive amounts of wealth and power, which is to influence elected offcials to support corporate intrests.
Judge mad law is not democracy. Our elected officials write the laws, and if enough people dont like the way they do it, the can vote them out of office. But non-elected judges can also make law because they have the power to interpret legislation in ways other lawmakers intended. In the following years Supreme courts have gaven corporations the Bill of Rights protections, including the right to due process, fredom of unwarrented search and seizure, and freedom of the press and speech.Armed with legal personhood status, corporations have become like superhumans with advantages-but not limitations.They have more rights under law that human beings.
Every body is supposed to have equal say in decison makeing. Here are some of corporations advantages of human beings.
FREE SPEECH -You have the right to free speeech, which means you can go to any public place and say what you think. But Giant corporations own most tv networks, radio stations, newspapers, billboards, bookstores, and magazines, so when they exercise there right to free speech many more people will hear and be influenced by them than by what any one person could say. Also workers dont have the right to free speech while they are on corp. property.
EQUAL RIGHTS - Because of equal right laws, people cannot prevent others of different ethnicity,skin color, or religion from buying property or moving into a neighborhood."Corpoprate persons" get the same protection, so if a big box chain store wants to move into a community, threatning the existence of small, local retailers, the citizens will have great diff. preventing it.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE - The gov't cannot search people or seize their property without a warrent. For corp., this means that regulatory agencies cannot make random inspections to determine if they are polluting a river or abusing their workers.
WE THE PEOPLE need to stop this now and at oce. Send a letter to newspapers about this, call or write your repesentives or candidtes to speak out against this. Speak out to your friends and family to the news and papers. Get this out.