Thursday, May 20, 2010

The March of the Monahan Brothers

On May 16, democracy activists Laird and Robin Monahan dipped hands and feet in the Pacific, and set out on foot from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Their goals: reach the Lincoln Memorial in Washington by mid October, and, most importantly, build grassroots awareness of the need to amend the Constitution to end corporate personhood along the way.

This public and very long-term action was Laird’s response to the January 21 Supreme court decision in Citizens United. Initially, he wrote, he felt betrayed and angry. “It seemed to me that the court had made a fraud of the Constitution. It made people second class citizens to corporations.” He realized that what the Court had done called for a stronger response than the usual letters, petitions, or phone call to Congress. He envisioned a cross-country walk, and over the past few months, that vision has taken form with the help of friends, family, and the Move to Amend coalition.

Laird and Robin, who are both in their sixties, plan is to walk every day, weather and health permitting, camping along the way, and taking opportunities to connect with local groups, local government, and legislators.

Visit MoveToAmend.Org to find about more about their very long walk and the route they've planned.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Thank you, Anna. I intend to follow Laird's & Robin's progress all the way to D.C. I hope they walk and stop in my particular community, and intend to notify my local little scandal rag to make them aware.

This is the ultimate and most important issue facing us, simply because it has created a vast majority of all the other problems we now endure.

Thanks again for the heads-up!

4:25 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I wish I could join these two, at least for part of the way!! I agree on the importance and urgency of this issue - it underlies most of what is problematic in this country now.
That, and getting ALL corporate money and lobbying out of the election and democratic process!

1:52 PM  

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