Scholar to Speak on Constitutional Rights of Corporations (or Lack of Such)

John Bonifaz

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.)  – John C. Bonifaz, a constitutional and voting rights attorney, will speak on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 7:30 pm at the ITAM Lodge, 93 Waubeek Road in Pittsfield. The subject of his talk will be We The People, or We The Corporations? A constitutional amendment campaign to restore democracy to the people. The talk is sponsored by Occupy Berkshires.
Bonifaz is the co-founder and director of Free Speech for People, a national campaign to enact a 28th Amendment to the Constitution that makes clear that corporations are not people with constitutional rights. In 1994, he founded the National Voting Rights Institute, a legal and public education center committed to preserving the right of all citizens to vote and participate in the electoral process. In 2006, he ran for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, focusing his campaign on clean elections, same day registration and voting rights for minorities.

Bonifaz will also discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement and the national conversation it has created around the question of unchecked corporate power subverting our democracy.

There will be a suggested donation of $10 to help defray expenses.  Doors will open at 7 pm.  For further information, contact 413.528.0248.




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