Legalize Democracy | Full Documentary

LEGALIZE DEMOCRACY is a short documentary by Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the movement for a constitutional amendment to abolish in its entirety two illegitimate, court-created legal doctrines—the concept of “corporate constitutional rights” (sometimes known as corporate personhood) and “money equals political speech.”

Produced by and for Move to Amend, the national grassroots campaign to amend the US Constitution to unequivocally state that corporations are not people and money is not speech, This documentary details a history of Supreme Court decision that gave corporations constitutionally protected rights and established that money is free speech.

For more information about Move To Amend, go here. To get  DVD, go here.

Full Movie: Legalize Democracy

Written and Directed by Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Produced by AJ Russo and Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Cinematographers Messiah Rhodes Paul Westlake
Color, Titles, and Graphics AJ Russo
Original score Goldi
Post Audio Engineer Tom Hutten
Additional Camera Arthur Louis
Executive Producers Pamela Brown, Daniel Lee, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Egberto Willies

From TopDocumentaryFilms.com
The most dangerous threat to democracy in the United States of America is the mistaken belief that they actually practice one… because democracy is not a noun, it’s a verb. “Demos” means “the people”, and “kratia” means “rule”, so the word democracy means “the people rule.” We have the trappings of democracy… you just get to go and pull a lever every 2-4 years only for candidates that have been pre-approved and pre-selected by the ruling elite.

But when it comes to actually participating in a meaningful way in how the society is organized, how much pay you might get, whether or not you get healthcare, whether the country goes to war or not, whether we should address the climate crisis… in those kinds of questions the people never have an opportunity to participate.

For example, if in the debate around the healthcare had there not been elected officials with a commitment to pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies, if the priority wasn’t making sure that there were profits for people that make drugs and sell drugs, and people who provide medical care as insurers, if they weren’t the priority but the ordinary people don’t you think that would’ve been different?

The prison system along with the education system and the healthcare system are three things among many others that should never have a profit motive attached. The democratic self-government experiment started in the United States over 200 years ago and has gotten completely corrupted. The real people are not been listen to.

When considering the still unfolding history of the United States the words of journalist Molly Ivins ring true: “It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.” In other words who, according to the laws and cultures, gets to be considered a person.

Legalize Democracy | full documentary 

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Legalize Democracy is a documentary film by Dennis Trainor, Jr. (American Autumn: an Occudoc) about the movement to amend — why it is needed, and how you can get involved, placing the response to corporate coup of our government in the context of the growing Democracy movement emerging right here and right now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFsq2WMxhzE

Combining interviews with Move To Amend’s national leadership team, with archival footage, and dynamic animated time lines that tell the stories of the Supreme Court cases that shaped the doctrine of “corporate personhood”, the rights guaranteed by amendments fought for by people’s movements, and the intersection of law and culture that codified and created discrimination based on race.

Move To Amend
Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
Dennis Trainor, Jr. (director) is a writer, director and new media activist. He directed the critically acclaimed documentary the Occupy Wall Street movement, American Autumn: an Occudoc (“calm and smart, offsetting its stridency with discussion, music, even humor, while issuing a call to arms.”- New York Times ; “as well made as any Hollywood blockbuster.”- MichaelMoore.com ). Currently, her serves as the producer and host of The Resistance Report, which can be seen daily at PopularResistance.org .

His work has been featured on many outlets including Truth Out, Huffington Post, Op-Ed News, Fire Dog Lake, The Real News Network, and many others.

Legalize Democracy
Written and Directed by
Dennis Trainor, Jr.

 

Produced by
AJ Russo and Dennis Trainor, Jr.

 

Cinematographers
Messiah Rhodes
Paul Westlake

 

Color, Titles, and Graphics 
AJ Russo

 

Original score
Goldi

 

Post Audio Engineer
Tom Hutten

 

Additional Camera
Arthur Louis

 

Executive Producers
Pamela Brown
Daniel Lee
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Egberto Willies

 

To Dump Citizens United, We Need To Legalize Democracy [video]

This is an excerpt from the documentary, Legalize Democracy.

The premiere of the full documentary will be airing on Free Speech TV (FSTV) Tuesday, January 21, 2014- and all throughout the week

Check here for full listing, including how to watch live on the web.

Legalize Democracy
Written and Directed by
Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Produced by
AJ Russo and Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Cinematographers
Messiah Rhodes
Paul Westlake

Color, Titles, and Graphics 
AJ Russo

Original score
Goldi

Post Audio Engineer
Tom Hutten

Additional Camera
Arthur Louis

Executive Producers
Pamela Brown
Daniel Lee
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Egberto Willies

Why Douche Waffles Get Elected?  | Direct TV Parody Compilation

The full campaign spoofing the Direct TV commercials, produced by Acronym TV for Move To Amend. All six spots, each about 30 seconds, are included here in this single video.

Written by Lee Camp and Dennis Trainor, Jr, and Directed by Trainor, these spots aim to hijack a popular meme to shine a seriously unserious light on the issues of corporate personhood and money as free speech.

Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
Over 300,00 people have signed the Move To Amend statement that states:

“We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”

Links to each video as a stand-alone piece are below. We encourage you to share these far and wide.

Move To Amend, Direct TV Parody Campaign:
Don’t Be A Naked Hulk   http://bit.ly/1eMqmeQ
Don’t Do Interpretive Street Corner Dance http://bit.ly/IKi65g
Don’t Miss The Supermodel Love Letter   http://bit.ly/19fbNwm
Don’t Get Ducked Taped To A Chair In The Yard   http://bit.ly/1g3IG7b
Don’t Do Cats   http://bit.ly/1bdJL8P
Don’t Be A Loser With No One At Your Birthday   http://bit.ly/18YCOI2

Move To Amend’s Direct TV Parody Compilation
Written by Lee Camp and Dennis Trainor, Jr
Directed by Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Editing, graphics, keying and color correction by AJ Russo
Associate Producer Christopher Webb
Costumes Lara de Bruijn

Corporate Personhood: How Did We Get Here? | Legalize Democracy excerpt

Get the full documentary here.

Help spread the word by hosting a house party to support Move to Amend and show the film. Details about hosting a party are here:https://movetoamend.org/houseparty.
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Legalize Democracy
a film by Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Produced by
AJ Russo and Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Cinematographers
Messiah Rhodes
Paul Westlake

Color, Titles, and Graphics
AJ Russo

Original score
Goldi

Post Audio Engineer
Tom Hutten

Additional Camera
Arthur Louis

Executive Producers
Pamela Brown
Daniel Lee
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Egberto Willies

When Corporations Are People, #WeNeedaDemocracyMovementToFixThisShit! [001]

Welcome to a new weekly segment of Acronym TV. Use the comments below and/or the hashtag #WeNeedaDemocracyMovementToFixThisShit!, to suggest topics for future segments.

Adbusters_CorporateAmericaFlagAt the time of the first Presidential election in 1789, only 6 percent of the population–white, male property owners–was eligible to vote. Those same 6% were the ones who were “WE THE PEOPLE” protected by the Constitution.

However horrifically undemocratic that all sounds consider this: in the time when white men in wigs wearing knickers, roamed the halls of congress, corporations, my friend, were not people.

Ah how times have changed. In the 150 years of Supreme Court cases leading up to the Citizens Unites ruling, corporations now have the constitutional rights of persons. In fact, they got that right before women got the right to vote and way before we let African Americans drink out of the same water fountains as the whites.  I mean, when corporations are f*cking people the fact is that corporations are going to be f*cking people, am I right?