The economic, environmental and human costs of corporate power and wealth are staggering. From the destruction of rainforests to the profits of war to toxic waste dumps to the mad science of genetically modified foods to global warming, the frenzied quest for money knows no limits in terms of human suffering and planetary destruction.

What can we do?

For more than a hundred years we have been arguing about details of regulating corporations and trying to make them responsible, while legislatures and courts have been giving away our constitutional rights. A corporation -- a legal fiction -- can live forever, collects enormous wealth, and has no morals, no conscience, and no need for clean air, water, or food.

We are a world on the brink, and it's time to reassert our right to govern, our right to decide the course of human events. A small number of the wealthy elite has been deciding long enough, and the course they have set is a dismal failure for billions of people. If we are to survive it's time for us to reclaim our inalienable rights, our sovereignty, in every town, city and state, and to establish a true democracy of, by and for the people.

Our program includes:
  • Workshops and presentations on democracy, people's rights and confronting corporate rule
  • Internships for law students and others who are interested in organizing, educating and mounting legal challenges
  • Support for groups and communities fighting corporate incursions on their health, livelihoods and right to decide
We are working towards:
  • Building an organizing model for Massachusetts based on the work of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD) and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
  • Funding a legal team in Massachusetts to challenge the corporate right to influence decisions affecting our communities
  • Furthering a dialogue on a ballot question to abolish corporate constitutional rights in Massachusetts
What you can do to help:
  • Hold a house party, host a discussion group
  • Set up an educational event in your community
  • Help with outreach and networking
  • Design and/or write educational materials
  • Coordinate a local media campaign
  • Research history and law in Massachusetts
  • Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising
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Center for Democracy and the Constitution
12 Locust Avenue    Lexington, MA 02421
Call us at:   (781) 674-2339
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This site last updated on October 1, 2007