On Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 2:06 PM John Howell wrote:
Democracy Over Corporations (DOC), as an organization, has gone silent for a while. Maybe a reason to reactivate it will arise. My own efforts have gone mostly toward monetary reform, and I am attaching a short article of mine which appeared this month in a Quaker publication, Friends Journal.
I’m also forwarding information from Tish O’Dell, the Ohio leader of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), about events that the organization is carrying out. CELDF, as you will remember, helped us with our successful efforts in adopting a community rights law in Athens and our, so far, unsuccessful effort toward getting on the ballot a county charter proposal that would recognize community rights to protect our health and safety when state and federal government fail to do so.
One of the events listed in Tish’s email is a joint event with Move To Amend (MTA), the other national organization with which DOC had a relationship.
These things together emphasize the fact that we need:
1) community rights – a reshaping of our legal structure to protect our liberty from strangulation by corporations and corporate-run government – as advocated by CELDF
2) adoption of the “We the People” amendment to the US constitution – a return of control of government from corporations to the people – as advocated by MTA
3) reform of the monetary system – a return of control of the money system from corporations to the people’s representatives by ending the special privilege of banks to create money and to determine where it goes, and charging us interest to use the money they create, thus contributing to extreme concentration of private wealth, the persistence of poverty, and the government’s inability to fund needed responses to the pandemic, climate change, and infrastructure needs – as advocated by the Alliance For Just Money (monetaryalliance.org).
We dodged a bullet with the election, but the struggle for democracy will continue. I urge your support of these organizations and urge you to keep working locally in your own ways toward these fundamental goals. As individuals, we can’t do everything. Do what you can….
In hopes for a good future for ourselves and our children,
John Howell, DOC Coordinator
I love this kind of activism and connection between people and organizations. I commend your effort at working on the local level where individuals exert the most influence.
As a little old lady I sit in my corner eating my trail mix and pasta. What we most need are youth to carry the torch. Thanks for agreeing, Jack. Huzzah!
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Being a high school teacher I have great confidence in our younger generation. They will rise to the occasion.
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Nan, another thing we can do is side with large institutional investors who care about the environment, civil rights, etc. and support their efforts to vote for change as shareholders. For example, the day the former president announced he was taking the US out of the Paris Climate Change accord was the same day Exxon Mobil shareholders voted that management must share their progress on dealing with climate change on an annual basis. The irony is huge. Keith
Wow, yes what irony! Thanks, Keith.