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On Friday the Occupy Albany movement will protest the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision by appearing at the Foley Federal District Courthouse as part of a nationwide movement to occupy the courts.
The protest begins at noon and is specifically a reaction to the flood of corporate money that has entered the political system since the Supreme Court’s ruling, which granted first amendment rights to corporations. The protesters are demanding a full reversal of the court’s decision.
“Occupy Albany believes that corporations are not persons and possess only the privileges we willfully grant them. Granting corporations the status of legal “persons” effectively rewrites the Constitution to serve corporate interests as though they were human interests, and grants an illegitimate privilege and power that undermines our freedom and authority as citizens,” said a statement from Occupy Albany.
The occupy the courts movement is planned for more than 80 cities, including a presence at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.
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