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

It’s The Drones, Stupid

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Mideast Yemen Drone DeathsWhy do they hate us?” is the question Americans have been asking for decades now. It is in reference to anyone from another country who commits acts of violence against the United States, or speaks out against American foreign policies, imperialism, culture…. whatever. George W Bush famously once said, ‘They hate us for who we are, not what we do’. Well here at CODEPINK we strongly disagree. We think that the American public deserves that in fact it IS what we do that makes people hate us, and one of the worst things we do is terrorize people with our killer and spy drones. Drones have been flying over Iraq and Afghanistan for years, as well as other countries that we’re not even at war with, like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. We’ve even dropped drone bombs on the Philippines!


– Alli McCracken and Noor Mir of Code Pink filed this segment for the Resistance Report.

Capitalism Kills. Kill Capitalism | Resistance Report 009

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CapitalismKillsOne of the most telling poll numbers of this current moment in time is 10%. That, according to a CNN poll taken before the government shutdown, registers the lowest approval rating ever for congress.  As unpopular as Congress is, a recent poll from the Brookings Institution reveals that there is something that may soon be even more unpopular: Capitalism.

This week, the five stores covered in the Resistance Report explore some of the reasons why:
1. Poll: 42% Say Capitalism Is Not Working for U.S.

2. The Racist Human Rights Disaster That is The Prison Industrial Complex (8:11)

3. Obamacare Explained (15:12)

4. Capitalism + Racism = Death (18:49)

5. The Death of Middle Class, and Why We Should Have Killed It Long Ago (25:54)

Capitalism + Racism = Death

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Fire-in-the-Blood-posterThe AIDS epidemic in Africa is one of the most callous examples of how the concept of profit before people has risen to Genocidal proportions. Pamela Brown’s first segment for the Resistance Report, examines this intersection of Race, Capitalism and medicine drawing on the documentary Fire In the Blood.

Pamela Brown is a columnist for Tidal Magazine, and an organizer with the People’s Investigation of Wall Street. She was a founding member of Strike Debt and the Rolling Jubilee. She holds her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Dartmouth College, a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School, and is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at The New School for Social Research.

A Racist Assault on Humanity

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words and voice by Joel Northam  |  produced and edited by Messiah Rhodes

Prison 3.previewIn what could only be described as one of the most under discussed human rights disasters in the racist, criminal empire that is the United States is the prison industrial complex. One of the reasons why it remains so under discussed is that there is an underlying ethos even among some in the first world left, that because prisoners committed a crime, a crime defined and enforced by the bourgeois state of course, their imprisonment is justified, which is an argument that dismisses environmental conditions which produce crime in the first place, which more often than not have to do with socioeconomic factors and policies that the state has put in place.