Speaker: Ending corporate rule

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photo of David Cobb, activist, attorney and Green Party politician

David Cobb, activist, attorney and Green Party politician, speaks Wednesday in Centennial Hall 100.

National Green Party politician David Cobb will discuss the environmental consequences of corporations enjoying constitutional rights in an April 6 presentation at St. Cloud State.

Cobb, who was the Green Party nominee in the 2004 presidential election, will speak 3 p.m. in room 100 of Centennial Hall.

View the event flyer (PDF).

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus or a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Cobb is part of a national movement to roll back constitutional rights granted to corporations by court decisions.

The movement leaders such as Cobb argue that the enormous growth in the number of business political action committees and the financial dominance corporations enjoy in elections, initiatives and referendums is distorting America's democratic processes.

Movement leaders argue that the January 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC U.S. Supreme Court decision has made money a protected form of free speech, thereby giving corporations undue political power.

Cobb belongs to Move to Amend and Democracy United of Humboldt County, two organizations which contend the court decision makes corporations superior to humans.

Cobb's address, which is titled "Sustainability and the Consequences of Corporations Having Constitutional Rights: A Movement for the People," will focus on the how corporate control of democratic processes could threaten efforts to build a more environmentally sustainable America.

This free presentation is sponsored by Students for Sustainability, which goal is to help raise awareness of cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability issues in the university and wider community, and join efforts in order to make SCSU campus a greener and nice place to live.

Cobb was born 1962 in Texas. Early employment included shrimp boat deckhand, construction worker and waiter. Graduated in 1993 from University of Houston Law School, Cobb was successful in private practice as an attorney for several years in Houston, Texas.

He actively worked for the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson and Ralph Nader. On the Green Party ticket he ran for attorney general of Texas.

For more information, contact Paul Safonov, associate professor of information systems and faculty advisor of Students for Sustainability Club, or Joe Winch, club president.

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