Under the guise of enforcing the free speech rights of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court has reversed decades of campaign finance reform. In a clearly partisan move, a majority of five justices has allowed corporations to spend unlimited cash on political advertising. What can the 80% of Americans at odds with this decision do about it? Jon Bartholomew of the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) outlines some of the actions that could restore power to we the people!
Corporate personhood and the campaign to legalize democracy
On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme court took another step in the long - and many say misguided - journey to granting corporations personhood under the U.S. Constitution. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a five-member majority of the court increased the ability of corporations to use their wealth to influence our electoral process.
Americans don't torture. No, they call it something else. And then they get away with it.
A deeply disappointing Department of Justice report reduces the war crimes of the Bush administration to an error of legal judgment. Sorry about the torture! Shouldn't have listened to those damn lawyers. With Joe out on vacation, Abe looks at a Bizarro World in which torturers and mass murderers enjoy lives of retired luxury in between speaking gigs and Sunday talkshow appearances. Oh wait -- it's our world.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we’ll take you on an audio tour through the art exhibition: Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now. Hundreds of posters, photographs, video, and audio representing more than forty years of activism, political protest, and social justice campaigns curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, are on display until March 19th at the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space, at 1214 NW Johnson in Portland. Thanks to Alec Dunn, tour guide, Mack McFarland, and Claude Marks.
Francis Boyle brings complaint to the International Criminal Court
Hosts Marvin Simmons, Bill Bires and John Timothy of Northwest Vets for Peace interview Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. Professor Boyle has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, & Alberto Gonzale for their criminal policy & practice of “extraordinary rendition” & torture perpetrated on about 100 human beings.
Professor Boyle's latest book is “Tackling America’s Toughest Questions” (Clarity Press, 2009).