The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

"Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule" with David Cobb, Mar. 26th @ 4:30 p.m.

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Corporations exert a substantial degree of power in contemporary American society. A controversial point of discussion is whether the constitutional rights afforded to corporations are legitimate in the context of today’s society. Should corporate rule be challenged to enforce American ideals of democracy fully?

As National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited, David Cobb has spearheaded a movement against corporate polluters in order to effect necessary systemic social change. This Wednesday, as a part history lesson and part heart-felt-call to action, David will tell the story of the American creation myth and the Constitution as it pertains to corporate personhood and illegitimate but legal corporate constitutional rights.

David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.

David graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism. In 2002 David 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. Although he did not win the office, the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.

Please join us for the public lecture, “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule,” with David Cobb on Wednesday, March 26th, at 4:30 PM in Rocky 003.

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