Citizens Over Corporations: A Brief History of Democracy in Ohio and Challenges to Freedom in the Future (Updated and Expanded 2nd Edition)
by Greg Coleridge, Jon Goodman, & Ohio Committee on Corporations, Law and Democracy; Illustrations by Matt Wuerker
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Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee
Topics: Corporate Rule, Democracy: Theory & Practice, History: Local to Global, Social Movements, United States, Visioning the Future
Description: 'Citizens over Corporations: A Brief History of Democracy in Ohio and Challenges to Freedom in the Future' looks at the history of the corporate form in Ohio. It details how corporations were closely controlled by citizens and their elected representatives in the early decades of the state's history; what legislative and judicial tools people used to control corporations; how corporations usurped more and more legal "rights"; the subsequent resistance from Ohio citizens; how corporations are in many ways, equal or superior to human beings today; and ways to "rethink" the current relationship between "we the people" and corporations.
The second edition of 'Citizens over Corporations' contains an expanded history of fundamental popular resistance to corporate control and efforts to build democracy during Ohio's history, including resistance by workers, farmers, immigrants and other reformers. Revisions have been made to other sections. The Appendix includes new examples of corporate charter revocations by Ohio courts and an examination of the history of corporate campaign contributions in Ohio.
Greg Coleridge, writer and primary editor of the second edition and principal author of the first edition, is Director of the Economic Justice & Empowerment Program of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker-related social action organization. He is a principal member of the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD), a group of thirteen activists who instigate democratic conversations and actions that contest the authority of corporations to govern. He was the main writer for the documentary CorpOrNation - The Story of Citizens and Corporations in Ohio, (Northeast Ohio AFSC, 2003). He also contributed to Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy - A Book of History and Strategy (Apex Press and POCLAD, 2001). He is a former member of the national board of Common Cause.
Illustrations by Matt Wuerker, a nationally acclaimed illustrator. His work regularly appears in numerous national publications. He has also worked with POCLAD to provide illustrations related to corporate power, the constitution and democracy.
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