Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD)

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Contact us:

POCLAD
Tel: 508-398-1145
Fax: 508-398-1552
E-mail: people@poclad.org
Website: www.poclad.org

POCLAD is a group of people instigating conversations and actions to contest the authority of corporations to define our culture, govern our nation and plunder the Earth. We work in the tradition of people's struggles to replace illegitimate and tyrannical institutions with democratic ones that disperse rather than concentrate wealth and power.

Over the past several years, a new ferment has surfaced, seeking to assert citizen sovereignty over corporations and revitalize the principle of self-rule — the essence of democracy.

In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on 21 Jan. 2010, in the case "Citizens United v. FEC" (Federal Election Commission), the issue of corporate person-hood and a corporation's rights has become even more pertinent than ever. This controversial 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court allows for corporations to spend near unrestricted funds on "free speech", now considered by this Supreme Court to be a first amendment right extended to corporations; affecting elections, political advertising and political campaign- financing and spending.

The following material has been stimulated by democratic conversations with people around the nation on the role of corporations in a democracy.


POCLAD Books

Gaveling Down the Rabble
How "Free Trade" Is Stealing Our Democracy

In Gaveling Down the Rabble, author/activist Jane Anne Morris explores a century and a half of efforts by corporations and the courts to undermine local democracy in the United St ...

$15.00

Gaveling Down the Rabble
The Rule of Property

In The Rule of Property, Karen Coulter offers a groundbreaking new perspective on the rise of private property over the public domain by linking two popular streams of thought: th ...

Paperback, Trade paperback (US); view book details to see other formats.
$5.00

The Rule of Property
War and Peace and Democracy
Four essays that ask: why again? And where goes the peace movement after Iraq?

Of all the possible responses to the attacks of September 11, why did the U.S. government choose war? What can a reactivated peace movement learn from the Iraq war and from 20th Century ...

Pamphlet; view book details to see other formats.
$3.00

War and Peace and Democracy
The Elite Consensus

Financial and business corporations throw millions of dollars at think tanks, lobbyists and universities, exploiting writers and artists galore. Their assignment? To twist words, gnarl s ...

$9.00

The Elite Consensus
Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy
A book of history and strategy

In these 70 essays, speeches, sermons and screeds, POCLADers probe: corporations as "legal persons"; corporate social responsibility as a ploy; strategies for amending state co ...

Paperback, Trade paperback (US); view book details to see other formats.
$10.00

Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy
Building Unions
Past, present and future

Your union local or activist community group is doing good work against one corporate assault after another. But your successes aren't making the next campaigns easier. Or challenging pu ...

Pamphlet; view book details to see other formats.
$5.00

Building Unions
Taking Care of Business
Citizenship and the charter of incorporation (5th printing)

Taking Care of Business discusses the rise of the powerful corporation, its transformation into personhood, and the need for the structural reform of governance of ...

Pamphlet; view book details to see other formats.
$4.00

Taking Care of Business