110 Green Party candidates nationwide are calling for a “Green New Deal” to end the legal doctrine of corporate personhood, which grants corporations constitutional rights that had previously been reserved for people.
In addition, in August the U.S. Green Party endorsed “stripping [corporations] of artificial ‘personhood’ and constitutional protections,” along with “revoking the charters of corporations that routinely violate safety, health, environmental protection or other laws.”
In contrast, neither the Democratic nor the Republican parties support ending corporate personhood, or revoking the corporate charters of lawless corporations.
“Democrats and Republicans together have installed the judges who have brought corporate rule to America,” said Gary Ruskin, co-founder of Green Change, a national political organization. “If you want to fix the economy, clean up corruption in Washington, and save the environment, then vote Green to abolish corporate personhood.”
The U.S. Supreme Court established the doctrine of corporate personhood in 1886 (Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Co.) But during the last 35 years, the Court has bestowed especially potent Bill of Rights protections to corporations, including the right to make unlimited contributions in an election (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti), and the right to speak (Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission).
Of the 110 Green candidates who have endorsed the “Green New Deal,” eleven are running for governor, eight for U.S. Senate and 35 for U.S. House of Representatives.