Corporate Power: Issue Committee Invitation
April 2005 Challenge Corporate Power Update!
The Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People's
Rights Campaign is dedicated to understanding how corporations
use their illegitimate constitutional “rights” and
powers to define our law, politics, jurisprudence, work, technologies,
food, communities... you name it! The Campaign does this through
learning and helping others to learn how we got into this mess
through the discovery and study of hidden histories with an eye
toward rethinking WILPF activism by placing it in the context
of people’s right to self and mutual governance and uncovering
the meaning of real (radical) democracy along with developing
its skills and practice.
10-session study packet!
Order the Abolish
Corporate Personhood Organizing Packet!
Download the 10-session
study packet in html and PDF form!
Download the Abolish Corporate
Personhood Organizing Packet!
Other Readings from the CCP, APR Campaign
The major tools of the campaign, the study curriculum
and strategy/action materials prepared by our campaign, continue
to provide opportunities for WILPF members to establish study
groups in branches/communities and reframe local campaigns against
corporate harms in the language and strategy of citizen sovereignty
and radical democracy.
Various CCP, APR folks are furthering ordinances
in No. California to keep water in the public realm; in Arcata,
California and the state of Arizona against Corporate Personhood.
We continue to respond to and network with people/organizations
contacting us regarding many aspects of this work. Committee Leadership
Team Member Jan Edwards did a timeline-based presentation at an
October labor conference in CA. She later presented a workshop
in Utah with a POCLAD principal on the the subject, “Kicking
Corporations Out of the Constitution." Committee Leadership
Team Member Virginia Rasmussen traveled to Arizona in early March
for several days with WILPFers in Tucson and Phoenix.
Study groups are thriving in Des Moines, Tucson
and Phoenix, thanks to good work by WILPF members in those cities.
Tucson, under the enthusiastic leadership of Joyce Smith and Pat
Birnie, are making local access radio appearances, holding film
and video showings, and doing study groups-Part 2 known as Democracy
The film, "The Corporation", is now available
on DVD and being promoted as a means to engage communities in
Although the campaign will be transitioning to the
role of Issue Committee for WILPF's 2005-2008 program cycle, the
CCP,APR committee will continue to provide information and support
for those wanting to: (1) advocate for resolutions or ordinances
against “Corporate Personhood”(or resolutions/ordinances
against specific corporate activities) in local municipalities;
(2) advocate for state laws and constitutional amendments that
limit corporate power, corporate activities and corporate civil
rights; and (3) develop community organizing strategies essential
to this work. See
Issue Committee Invite to become involved!
information about the Campaign
Power, Asserting the People's Rights is one of US-WILPF's three
national campaigns. Phase I of the campaign has been education
using the technique of study groups, which have been convening
all over the country since October 1999. Participants include
WILPF members as well as non-members.
The study groups are structured into ten sessions. Participants
receive materials to read on their own, and then they come together
as a group to discuss their reactions and ideas. (There's no advance
preparation required for the introduction session.) The focus
is on process as much as content, as groups are encouraged to
pratice democracy in their interactions and explore just what
that means. At the end of the ten sessions, groups can decide
if they'd like to continue meeting, take action, or disband.
With feedback from the initial participants, the study group materials
have been cleaned up, expanded, and revised and are now available
on this website.
- If you're already familiar with the study or discussion group
concept and want to know more details about the content of the material,
will provide more detailed information.
- If you're interested in a study group but aren't sure how to begin,
check out the Getting Started
page for ideas.
- If you already participate in some sort of discussion or study
group and are looking for topics, these materials work very well.
Download Acrobat® Reader™ - It's Free!
may download all of the
materials for the ten sessions, plus Getting Started,
in the formatted, downloadable Acrobat® PDF files. If you prefer
to order the printed study materials, please send a check for $15
payable to WILPF with a note requesting the complete packet to:
1213 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
you have ideas or any questions about the program, or if you would
like more information of any kind, please contact the committee
launched its Campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood in September
2001. An organizing packet is available for $10 from WILPF (see
address above) or the materials can be downloaded by clicking
Syracuse Cultural Workers, in partnership with WILPF and POCLAD,
has produced a poster-sized "Call to Defy Corporate Domination"
that is now available for sale, pictured at right. To purchase posters,
please send a check payable to WILPF at the address above. Prices
are listed below and include tax:
posters -- $8 each + a one-time $3 postage & handling fee
posters -- $4 each + a one-time $4 postage & handling fee
or more -- $2 each + a one-time $6 postage & handling fee
would like to know who is using the study materials from the website
so we can (a) let you know about updates to the materials and (b)
let you know about other people geographically near you who are
interested in the same ideas. The information provided to us will
be used for no other purposes. This is completely optional, but
we hope you will let us know who you are:
Organization (if any)
Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
Please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extra-special thanks go to the following people, without whom this
project would not have been possible:
- all of the pathbreaking, first-year study groups, who test-drove
the first version of the reading materials and provided invaluable
- Ellen Schwartz, WILPF webmistress extraordinaire
- Rick Beach, document and technology wizard