Each of us makes a difference, and as we join forces,
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This site is a list of links to groups that are working to restore Democracy and end Corporate Rule.
Corporate Rule (variously called Corporatocracy, Plutocracy, Oligarchy, and Fascism) is control of society by wealthy corporations, through excessive influence over our economy, media, education, environment, elections, and legislation.
It is becoming clearer every day that Corporate Rule is the underlying problem that is causing much damage in our society - from income disparity to illegal "wars", from foreclosed homes to warrantless surveillance, from "bought" elections to taxation without real representation, from a polluted environment to unsustainable and dangerous energy practices, from tax cuts and subsidies for the very rich to austerity for everyone else, and on and on. This must end!
The great number of groups that are already working on this vital transformation is in itself very encouraging. This site hopes to make it easier for folks to get involved and educated about how to end Corporate Rule - and to unite the many orgs already dedicated to that task. We need to reclaim the creative power of the people and magnify our numbers. Welcome to the endeavor!
Here are some easy first things for you or your group to do to raise awareness about the reality of our current system, that we are increasingly dominated by Corporate Rule - especially important for folks that have not yet realized this.
1. Download these flyers, print, and post on telephone poles and bulletin boards. (Click on the thumbnail to open the full size image; right-click on the image to save to your computer; print from your computer.)
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2. Order this bumper sticker from WILPF - Womens International League for Peace and Freedom. (Click on the image to visit WILPF site to order.)
3. Encourage others to talk and write about the need to End Corporate Rule, and tell others about this site.
4. Include in each email or call to your Senators, Reps or Obama your urgent plea to end Corporate Rule.
Overviews on Corporate Rule
AllianceForDemocracy - many state and national campaigns to end corporate rule, defend water, and democratize media, healthcare, education, and elections with links, resources, tools and printable flyers.
Corporations.org - an amazing site, unique for its vast and thorough research, with related links AND what to do about Corporate Rule.
SourceWatch.org - extensive info on global corporations.
Corporations.org/Research - links for researching specific corporations and what they have been doing to us.
Corporations.org/System - information about corporate power, how it works, and what to do about it.
Corporations.org/CorpList - huge archive of Boycott Links and info on many transnational corporations.
Corporations.org/Welfare - corporate welfare information center. How your tax money is used to fund corporations that are working against you and against Democracy.
CorpWatch.org - holding corporations accountable with company profiles, research, and articles in specific categories.
Poclad.org - a group of 11 people instigating democratic conversations and actions that contest the authority of corporations to govern and develop new strategies that assert people's rights over property interests; includes articles, and portfolio of anti-corporate cartoons.
DemocracySquare.org - community of pro-democracy movements; includes an extensive list of links on all aspects of Democracy work.
Ratical.org/corporations - We the People ending the Plutocracy; includes extensive list of links, books, and articles.
ReclaimDemocracy.org - restoring citizen authority over corporations with extensive resources: articles, flyers, book and film lists, Corporate logo FLAG, talks and workshops.
PlanAmerica.org - comprehensive list of major issues facing the USA in 2011; also new book, "FIX America - how each of us can help all of us."
Demos.org - a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000 that focuses on democracy, economic opportunity and public works, among others.
Flash Mob video: "We won't give our lives to Corporate control" - with choreography and lyrics to "Sixteen Tons".
Sites for Taking Action
Corporations.org/Solutions - "how to overthrow Corporate Rule in 5 not-so-easy steps."
wilpf.org/CvD - National committee of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom with excellent course study and resources on corporations and how to curb their power and influence.
LibertyTreeFDR.org - building a new democracy movement for the U.S.A. by providing support to grassroots campaigns for democratic reform in many areas of life (media, education, law, economy, etc) and bringing groups together to form a united movement for democracy.
PDAmerica.org - flyers on "Top 10 Corporate Tax evaders", CEO pay chart, the People's Budget as well as Issue Organizing teams on many relevant topics, including Corporate Rule, Electoral reform, etc.
PublicCitizen.org - large list of citizen actions to reform government, lobbying, trade and money in politics and curb Corporate corruption, as well as protect consumers and nature.
RootsAction.org - a new action-site dedicated to galvanizing millions of Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection - and defunding endless wars.
TheOther98%.com - actions and facts on lobbyists, Wall Street, and tax cuts. Has great signs you can print out, and thought-provoking t-shirts.
RebuildTheDream.com - Van Jones and MoveOn.org's 10 point "Contract for the American Dream" with fact sheets for each area, and actions to get involved; over 350,000 signers.
ProgressivesUnited.org - Russ Feingold's organization to challenge corporate control of our nation's government and policies.
BanksterUSA.org/action - info and actions for re-regulation and net-roots campaigning against Wall Street.
USuncut.org - a grassroots movement taking direct action against corporate tax cheats and unfair public service cuts in the U.S.
ItsOurEconomy.us - a thorough agenda and articles for a Democratized Economy with member rating of action ideas.
NewBottomLine.com - a coalition of groups working to challenge established big bank interests and end foreclosures on behalf of struggling and middle-class communities.
GlobalExchange.org - human rights focus for economic justice with many links, flyers ("10 Ways to Democratize the Global Economy" - and others), fair trade info, shop and reality tours worldwide.
State and Local Banks
MoveYourMoneyProject.org - find a local bank or credit union; get your money out of the Big Banks.
WebOfDebt.com - how to start a State Bank, and lots of enlightening info from author Ellen Brown.
PublicBanking.wordpress.com/take-action/ - links and resources for starting a State bank.
PublicBankingInstitute.org - info, actions, and articles on starting state banks, with contacts and status of pending bills for each state.
TimeBanks.org - promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent.
CreditUnions.coop - National Credit Union Foundation.
MoveYourMoney.info - video revealing the truth about the Big Banks.
"Claim your Change" video - by Surfer Kyle Thierman of Santa Cruz, CA about the importance of getting out of Big Banks.
"If we only had a Bank" - video of song by Swami Beyondanada.
Monetary.org - easy to understand articles and resources on monetary reform.
Inequality.org - Executive Pay Scorecard 2011 and other data, resources connecting the dots of growing inequality.
"Money as Debt" videos - five enlightening animated videos on "Money as Debt."
Trailer for "Secret of Oz" movie - 4 minute Trailer for the movie "the Secret of Oz" about the government collusion with big banks on US debt.
Secret of Oz movie - award-winning movie revealing that the world economy is doomed to spiral downwards until we do 2 things: outlaw government borrowing, and outlaw fractional reserve lending.
Center for Economic and Policy Research - with a free download of Dean Baker's new book: "The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive"; CEPR conducts both professional research and public education in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. Includes handy online calculators for pensions, housing costs, etc.
MoveToAmend.org - working to amend the Constitution to reject the January 21, 2010, Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.
FreeSpeechforPeople.org - working to enact a constitutional amendment that puts people ahead of corporations.
StoryOfStuff.org/citizensunited - clever film showing "why democracy only works when people are in charge"; includes other great videos and a "what you can do" section.
Corporations.org/Solutions/ElectoralReform - "19 ways you can get involved to promote democracy." Extensive list of links for all types of electoral reform and accountability.
OpenSecrets.org - detailed info on Corporate contributions to members of the "Super Committee" and other elected officials. The Center for Responsive Politics advocates transparency in government with extensive info and actions.
VerifiedVoting.org - national resource for state-based organizations supporting verifiable elections, with Action Center, blog, and up-to-date information on each state.
HandCountedPaperBallots.org - a training and research center that provides on-site instruction and resources to state and local election officials, poll workers and interested voters on how to run secure hand-counted paper ballot elections and recounts.
VoteScam.org - learn the truth, get involved, join the movement with the original investigation into computerized vote fraud in the USA.
Corporations.org/Media - large list of links to media facts/ advocacy groups working against corporate domination of the media.
FAIR.org - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the #1 media watchdog group. Includes helpful Media Contact list with links, Activist kit, and much info.
SourceWatch.org profiles the activities of front groups, PR spinners, industry-friendly experts, industry-funded organizations, and think tanks trying to manipulate public opinion on behalf of corporations or government; includes links to " ALEC Exposed."
PRwatch.org - Center for Media and Democracy, exposing corporate spin and government propaganda since 1993 with articles and actions.
FreePress.net - promoting diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access through education, organizing, and advocacy; includes free booklets on Media Policy and an extensive Activist guide, links to many media reform groups, events, and an annual Conference.
SaveTheInternet.com - actions, reports, fliers, talking points, video talks, and other resources to preserve Net Neutrality, a free and fair internet.
EnergyJustice.net - grassroots energy agenda, supporting communities threatened by polluting energy and waste technologies, with facts on all types of energy, links, and actions you can take.
350.org - building a movement to solve the climate crisis; also "the US Chamber doesn't speak for me" campaign.
PeacefulUprising.org - grassroots movement defending a livable future by empowering non-violent action; inspired by Tim DeChristopher.
SEHN.org - The Science and Environmental Health Network engages communities and governments in the effective application of science to protect and restore public and ecosystem health, using the "precautionary principle." Also, a True Cost Clearinghouse where you will find articles and reports documenting the economic, health, and social costs of pollution, worker exposures, and resource exploitation on scores of issues and industries.
CumulativeImpacts.org - a project dedicated to collecting the latest science, emerging best practices, analytical tools, and legal shifts that can reduce cumulative harm to our planet, our communities, and ourselves.
Detwyler.net - How Corporate Capitalism destroys our environment, with extensive quotes, slide shows, solutions and supplements for college courses.
ClimateRealityProject.org - Al Gore's 24 hour global Internet teach-in, with 24 presenters, in 13 languages, starting Sept. 14, 2011; a project to reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis.
Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction - Book by Terry Tamminen.
Story of Cap & Trade - Annie Leonard's animated video reveals the truth behind the push for Cap & Trade, and names better solutions for carbon reduction.
Carbon-Free & Nuclear-Free - A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy - web version of the book by Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D.; recommended by many experts.
DemocratizingEducation.org - curbing Corporatization of Higher Education with links, organizer toolkits, and focus issues such as free speech, lower fees, and such.
HumaneEducation.org - Fostering the 3C's: curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking, IHE offers online courses for educators, activists, parents, and concerned citizens seeking the tools, knowledge, and motivation to align their actions with their deepest values, and to become more effective changemakers to solve challenges and create a humane, healthy world for all.
RethinkingSchools.org - a non-profit magazine advocating the reform of elementary and secondary public schools, with emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.
UltimateCivics.org - working to build a popular movement and pass a constitutional amendment to reinstate the primacy of human rights over corporate rights; includes Power Point Presentations, printable brochures, and info sheets.
PeaceAction.org - 50 years working for smarter U.S. approaches to global problems such as war, poverty, global warming, and terrorism. Offers many actions, media list, Congressional scorecards, bill tracking list, activist resources, alerts, and blog.
UnitedForPeace.org - network of hundreds of worldwide peace and justice orgs with unique organizing resources, enabling collaboration on events, actions and many issues including GI, immigrant and labor rights, nuclear disarmament and peace.
WILPF.org - Women's International Leaque for Peace and Freedom, nearly 100 years old, with 61 national branches in 35 nations. Provides programs, issue committees, actions and well-researched resources to promote a transformed world at peace, with racial, social, and economic justice for all people everywhere.
VeteransForPeace.org - exposing the true costs of war and militarism since 1985; working to end war as an instrument of national policy.
CodePink.org - creative actions to end US wars and occupations, challenge global militarism,and redirect funds into life affirming activities; excellent web actions.
Compassionate Communication - training in non-violent communication skills for activists, individuals and groups: classes, books, local practice groups, and articles.
Healthcare-Now.org - organizing for a national single-payer US healthcare system with petitions, actions, resources, news, stories, and campaigns.
SinglePayerAction.org - specializing in direct action for single-payer healthcare; excellent list of links of other orgs working on this issue, and many videos.
CaliforniaNurses - exposing the shocking stories of our current healthcare system (tell yours); blog, news and helpful fact flyers of "Top 10 reasons to support single-payer" and "Top 10 problems with HSAs" and more, plus videos.
PNHP.org - Physicians for a National Health Program is a single-issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 18,000 members and chapters across the USA. Site has excellent lobbying materials, actions, articles, and daily updates.
Important New Sites
AlecExposed.org - info, articles, and links on the recently exposed ALEC, the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, which promotes global corporations and state politicians, voting behind closed doors, to write state laws that reduce your rights and freedoms by transferring them to corporations.
October2011.org - on October 6, 2011, a large coalition of groups will commit to a sustained, non-violent action to resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington DC, and demanding that America's resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. Site includes many links and a powerful statement of demands.
DemocracyConvention.org - a national convention in Madison, WI in late August, 2011 with 9 simultaneous conventions, including Economic, Media, Education, Electoral, Racial, Local and Earth Democracy, Reclaiming the Commons, and Constitutional Reform.
WisEye.org - video and audio recordings of the workshop sessions at the Aug. 2011 Democracy Convention in Madison, WI, for purchase or free web viewing.
New Books (2011)
Globalization and the Demolition of Society, by Dennis Lou, August 2011 - shows that " free market fundamentalism," also known as neoliberalism, does not make us more secure nor more prosperous. Instead, it tears the social fabric and undermines security, leading inevitably to disasters on the individual, regional, and global levels. He conveys complex topics and questions with remarkable clarity, subtlety, and sophistication. Even after reading only one chapter, you will come away from Globalization and the Demolition of Society looking at the world differently.
How Wall Street Fleeces America, by Steven Lendman, September 2011 - the 1913 Federal Reserve Act let powerful bankers usurp money creation authority in violation of the Constitution's Article I, Section 8, giving only Congress the power to "coin Money (and) regulate the Value thereof..." Thereafter, powerful bankers used their control over money, credit, and debt for private self-enrichment, bankrolling and colluding with Congress and administrations to implement laws favoring themselves.
Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, by Sandra Steingraber, March 2011 - each chapter of this engaging and unique book focuses on one inevitable aspect of childhood, and explores the underlying social, political, and ecological forces behind it. It demonstrates how closely the private, intimate world of parenting connects to the public world of policy-making, and how the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.
celdf.org - the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund works with communities across the country facing a range of threats - from the privatization of their water by corporations, to factory farms, to the land application of sewage sludge, coal and uranium mining, corporate land "development", toxic trespass, and gas drilling. Also offers 1-3 day seminars on how communities across the U.S. are beginning to assert local control to protect the rights of their residents, their communities, and nature.
Here is a sampling of some local efforts to curb Corporate power; may they inspire similar local actions elsewhere:
RescueEducationCalifornia.org - Ballot Initiative 1481 for an oil extraction fee to go entirely to CA education, K-12 and college/universities.
CAclean.org - Citizens United campaign for AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to disclose who really pays for political ads.
StopSmartMeters.org - working to inform citizens and to stop installation of these wireless meters that emit radiation 24/7, invade privacy, and have been made illegal in many communities.
DefendingWaterInCalifornia.org - articles, information, resources, actions, and many links applicable to other areas.
BioSafetyAlliance.org - California Biosafety Alliance, creating coalitions to address GMOs, the symbol of the corporate food regime; good list of links.
WisconsinWave.org - uniting Wisconsinites against corporatization and austerity, and for democracy and shared prosperity.
wisdc.org - Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group dedicated to clean government, advocating for a real democracy that allows the common good to prevail over narrow interests. Excellent info, links, actions, and even songs on Campaign Finance Reform.
ActionPA.org/activism - a multitude of activist resources applicable anywhere (not just in Pennsylvania).
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There are many more local and global sites around the country and world working to roll back Corporate Rule. Our hope is that more shared campaigns and united actions can magnify all our efforts.
"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." ~ Sun Zu