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Corps Ain’t Peeps needs your help!

By Dave Meserve

For the past month, volunteers with the Corps Ain’t Peeps Coalition (Corporations are not People) have been gathering signatures to qualify our Ballot Initiative Ordinance for a place on the November ballot in Arcata.  Full text of the Ordinance is at the bottom of this message.

We need 1066 valid signatures, which means that with a margin of safety, we need to collect about 1500 signatures of Arcata voters, and we need them by April 30.  We currently have about half that number, so we are on track for success, but we could really use some help from other folks out there who support our cause.

To collect signatures, you must be a registered voter within the Arcata city limits, and everyone who signs the petition must also be registered to vote in Arcata.  Each petition sheet has space for ten signatures.

Can you commit to getting a sheet, or two, or more filled out to advance our effort? Do you have ten friends or neighbors who would be happy to sign? Can you take a sheet or two with you to a community event?

If you can help, please call me, Dave Meserve, at 834-3612, or send me an email at davemeserve@suddenlink.net. I will give you as many petition sheets as you can use, along with guidelines for signature gathering and half-sheet copies of the proposed Ordinance to offer to potential signers.

This campaign is a parallel effort, working in cooperation with Move to Amend. Their volunteers are collecting signatures urging the Board of Supervisors to put a resolution on the Humboldt County ballot in November, which calls for a constitutional amendment asserting that Corporations are not People and Money is not Speech.  Their petition forms are white, and any Humboldt County resident can sign.

Our campaign will put a Ballot Initiative Ordinance on the November ballot in Arcata, which asserts that within the City of Arcata, Corporations do not have the Rights of People.  Our petition sheets are bright yellow, and only registered voters within the Arcata city limits can sign.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

Dave Meserve

  1. Anonymous
    April 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Meserve is such a clown

  2. HUUFC
    April 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

    You aint gettin mine.

  3. High Finance
    April 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

    yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  4. April 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    …..nawh, too easy.

  5. Amy Breighton
    April 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, I can practically smell the fear of Meserve’s success in the posts above, from those who mysteriously support the Citizen’s United ruling and have no respect for those who actually contribute to their community.

    Seems like a week in front of the Arcata Coop should suffice?

  6. Mayor of Henderson Center
    April 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hey Dave, Fox News is calling and wondering just how you plan on overturning the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution? I’m no fan of Citizen’s United either, but you are a flaming wing-nut!

  7. Painfully Honest
    April 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Meserve should run for Congress. That is where he could work on this issue. I would vote for him.

    But, he should stay away Arcata politics with his “federal” issues. He seems highly intelligent, but lacks sound judgement when he tries to take city government along on his personal ego trip.

  8. Jack Sherman
    April 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    “Federal issues” are turning America’s Henderson Centers into “Henderloins”.

    They’re doing the same to democracy with Citizen’s United.

    It’s painfully obvious that few understand the U.S. history of every successful social movement…they grew from the grass-roots until the decision makers could no longer claim they didn’t exist.

  9. Mayor of Henderson Center
    April 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Grass roots movements need credible leadership. Meserve is a professional protester who swings with the wind like Don Quixote to take on the injustice of the day. He is far more Don Adams than Sam Adams.

  10. A-nony-mouse
    April 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Hey “Mayor”. I live in Henderson Center. I know Henderson Center. And YOU’RE NO MAYOR of Henderson Center. You seem pretty set on the status Quo. Why must you vilify anyone who works for change? You might not use his methods but you offer no better. Instead of criticising, let it flow. It won’t hurt you.

  11. Mayor of Henderson Center
    April 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Hang on there no-nothing-mouse. As I said in the first post I’m 100% opposed to Citizen’s United so don’t think you can speak for me in saying I “vilify anyone who works for change” or support the “status Quo.” My point was and is that Meserve is simply a wing-nut!

  12. Painfully Honest
    April 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    “grass-roots”, huh.
    Since when is city government considered grass-roots?

    Let me suggest getting more grass roots. How about a condominium association, or a community services district. They could ban the treatment of corps as people.

    Hey, I know. The Arcata Coop could be a good vehicle to take Dave Meserve on his ego trip.

  13. Groan
    April 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Dogs Against Romney!

  14. Mario Savio
    April 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Well, wing-nut or no, at least he is doing something. And, you Mayor, how are you actualizing out your ‘100%’ opposition?

  15. Alas
    April 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    We should be thanking the curmudgeons above for another clear example of “liberal’s circular firing squad”….those who claim to share similar progressive goals while spewing baseless, unsubstantiated insults condemning one of the few effective progressive players in Humboldt County.

    Go to the current issue of the Northcoast Journal and read even more liberal-on-liberal blood-letting taking place on Silvia DeRooy’s lengthy editorial condemning Richard Salzman’s “failure to reveal his affiliations”….a common “transgression” that is otherwise routinely ignored ….except for those who cannot restrain their dislike of the “perpetrator”.

    Then, remember how the republicans always manage to restrain their bitterness, and the endless “he said, she said” personal beefs, to win most elections and defeat uncomfortable ballot measures and ordinances…despite their minority.

  16. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Why don’t we get together at a coffee shop in town so we can drink delicious cofffee, eat savory bakery goods, and insult each other face to face, like we did in the good old days?

  17. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Occupy Humboldt = the Poop Peeps.

  18. April 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Again, “professional protester” is a right-wing canard.

  19. Jon
    April 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The fact of the matter is that if corporations have the same rights and freedoms as human beings, then corporations should also be held to the same rule of law and be subject to equitable punishment. For instance, if a corporation’s action is found to be the cause death of any human being then that corporation should be either barred from doing business for a span equivalent to that of a convicted murder’s prison sentence or the corporation should be completely disbanded and assets sold off at an auction. Clearly, corporations are not held to the same rule of law as regular human beings. Additionally, corporations benefit greatly from the law as it is written. Something must be done. Either hold corporations to the same rule of law as everyone else or repeal the corporations are peoples act.

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