“Occupy the Courts” protest planned for Jan 20

Just when you thought it was safe to go back downtown, a new group of “occupiers” are planning a protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision by “occupying” federal courthouses on January 20.

The majority in Citizens United, of course, opened the door for corporations, unions and non-profits to finance TV ads within 60 days of a general election, making “Jeopardy” essentially unbearable to watch during October.

The group planning the protest, Move to Amend, said on its website that it’s leading “the charge on the judiciary which created – and continues to expand – corporate personhood rights.” The protests aren’t planned at all sites, but the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit is on the list.

Sounds like fun, you say? Move to Amend has your pre-protest preparations done, with words to a protest song “The Personhood Song,” sung to the tune of “This Land is Your Land.” There’s also a script for a short drama called “As the Country Turns” that you and your friends can perform for your dogs, or your kids or maybe someone you have chained up in your basement who can’t run away.

Also, most importantly, you can’t come to a party if you aren’t dressed appropriately, so the group also provides instructions on how to make your costume for the affair.


I wish I was making that up.

How many people will show up? Who knows? But this should make for some quality people watching. And good luck to any occupiers that try to enter the building dressed like that guy.

[HT: ABA Journal, you can also read real stories about the protest from the New York Observer.]

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