ENGLISH 1001 VR-C
DR. EMILY WILLIAMS MAY 13 2009
The U.S. treasury allows corporations to protect their privacy regarding business matters by withholding their names from shipping documents. In addition, some pesticides have never been analyzed and others have been pulled from the market because they were found to be hazardous. Yet U.S. companies still are allowed to manufacture and export these poisons, which may be used on crops grown for U.S. markets.
REGULATING THE INDUSTRY
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Establish worker and community control over production centers of corporations
Protect property interests and other rights of people and communities
Organize referendum campaigns to strip corporations of “personhood” and constitutional rights, appropriate only to natural persons.
End corporate extortion and subsidy abuse
Prohibit corporations from using any money to influence public policy.
These and other goals are shared by POCLAD, and other groups that have formed in other states, including Maine, Wisconsin, and Oregon. Other groups such as The Corporate Accountability Project, The Center for Responsive Politics, are all engaged in projects to make corporations accountable to the people.
Because people can lose their jobs, few activists are eager to fight local companies, let alone giant corporations. Activism may create friction among family members, friends, and coworkers. Activists also face various forms of harassment when they try to fight environmental hazards. In some cases corporations hire private investigators to pry into the lives of people leading grass root organizations. Companies hope to find Information that will discredit activists and their cause. In many instances, major corporations pro business groups have used negative propaganda campaigns to attack citizen groups, alleging that they are anti business and...