March 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule, March 31

Several Ohio University departments have partnered to bring David Cobb to campus for a lecture on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” on Thursday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in Scripps 111.

David Cobb

David Cobb

Cobb, who will discuss the fundamental relation between people and government, is a lawyer and activist who has sued polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for office, himself, and been arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience.

He is also the outreach director of Move to Amend, a national organization dedicated to the adoption of a Constitutional amendment that would give human rights to humans and not corporations and would facilitate campaign finance reform.

Move to Amend was created in response to the Supreme Court decision, which has been hotly contested since it was handed down, that classified campaign donations by anyone, including large corporations, as First Amendment protected speech.

Cobb is a founding member of the Board of Directors and one of the authors of the We the People Amendment drafted by Move to Amend.

Cobb was born in San Leon, TX, and after graduating from the University of Houston Law School in 1993, he ran his own private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to activism.

In 2002 he ran for attorney general of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. Though he did not win, his candidacy did facilitate the growth of the Green Party. With the Green Party having grown from four to 26 chapters in Texas, Cobb ran in 2004, for president of the United States on the Green Party ticket.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice and Culture, the Wealth and Poverty theme, the Political Science Department, the Sociology & Anthropology Department, the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, and Democracy Over Corporations, a local off-campus organization which partners with Move To Amend.

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