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PubliCalendar: Corporations Aren't People

By Josh Feit July 16, 2012

Editor's note: Now that PubliCola is back, we're going to revive a lot of the popular features we used to run that fell by the wayside in late 2011 and early 2012.

One of my favorite features was the PubliCalendar—our daily suggestion of a civic, political, or nerdy event that you must attend.

And so, we revive the PubliCal today with a heads up on tomorrow's wedding in Westalke where Ms. Angela Marie Vogel is marrying a corporation at noon.



The satirical event, a publicity stunt for city initiative I-103, is being staged to protest "corporate personhood."

The announcement explains:
The ceremony, conducted by Pastor Rich Lang of University Temple UMC, is being staged by Envision Seattle, the group behind Initiative 103. If enacted, Initiative 103 would provide a community bill of rights which strips corporate personhood and other judge-made constitutional "rights" such as free speech within the city of Seattle.

The purpose of the wedding is to highlight the insidious concept of corporate personhood - and its damaging impact on our community and the autonomy of our city council's legislative powers.

I-103 is a bit of a hodge-podge of lefty causes—it calls for citizen oversight of the Seattle Police Department and demands net neutrality.

And it's kind of ironic that the initiative says "Any person, Corporation, or other entity that violates any prohibition of this ordinance shall be guilty of a criminal offense and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay the maximum fine allowable under State law for that violation."  Doesn't that punishment rely on anthropomorphizing corporations?

Also kind of funny: the I-103 campaign got an in-kind contribution of $1,200—definitely its biggest contribution— from If/Then (for providing the campaign's website homepage). If/Then has not returned a call for comment.

But I'm just being a smart aleck. Excessive corporate power is serious problem---corporate banks that caused the financial crisis don't deserve a bailout while ordinary people suffer---and tomorrow's wedding (which also highlights the absurdity that Ms. Angela Marie Vogel can't marry a woman, by the way)---is a cool bit of agit-prop.

The comments on the Facebook page are pretty funny too.
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