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

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.

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.

Messiah Rhodes
Paul Westlake

Color, Titles, and Graphics 
AJ Russo

Original score

Post Audio Engineer
Tom Hutten

Additional Camera
Arthur Louis

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

Occupy Sandy: One Year After The Storm


The Occupy Sandy community has changed the face of disaster relief. Our network of more than 50,000 volunteers provided over 300,000 meals, remediated over 1000 homes, and provided over a million dollars’ worth of donated supplies by working with our neighbors to provide mutual aid throughout the rebuilding process.

Some folks have returned to their normal lives, but many remain affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our people-powered movement built something incredible, but we need your help to continue to move residents back into their homes, assist them in rebuilding their lives, and amplify the voice of communities in their own recovery.
We need your help to support our ongoing work.…

Many still struggle to simply return home. Staten Island resident Marina Babkina lived a few blocks from Midland Beach before being evacuated. She lost both her home and her business, a daycare with music instruction that served the local Russian immigrant community. Language barriers made the complex disaster recovery process extra difficult to navigate. Occupy Sandy was able to provide Russian translation and connect her to critical resources like mold remediation, legal advice, building materials, and new furniture, all at no cost.

But her story is not yet over. A year without income has left Ms. Babkina in debt, and fully restoring her home in the middle of an attached 5-family townhouse to livable conditions will mean more red tape. Many others like Ms. Babkina continue to face challenges and have come to rely on the support and mutual aid ethic of Occupy Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy left many residents unemployed, as they were unable to travel to their jobs, their jobs were eliminated by the storm or they were unable to maintain employment while engaging full time in the process of rebuilding. Before Sandy, the members of Roca Mia Construction Inc, struggled to make ends meet between low-paying subcontracting gigs.
After Sandy, work became scarce as businesses shut down across Far Rockaway. With start-up funding and skill building assistance from Occupy Sandy, the men were able to set up their own worker-owned cooperative. After receiving their license to operate last week, they are ready to start working on home repairs in their own neighborhood. This is just one way that Occupy Sandy has been able to invest in both residents and local economies.
Please continue to participate in this vital work by making a donation,
coming out to volunteer or lending us your voice.…

Another World is Possible,
Occupy Sandy Spokes Council