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Human Banner Ocean Beach: Dump Citizens United
by D. Boyer ( dinaboyer2 [at] gmail.com )
Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM
I photographed the human banner on October 13, 2012 at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. The human banner said DUMP CITIZENS UNITED.
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While photographing the banner, I did not understand what they meant or who Citizens United was, but now I know. I was asked by many people at the scene what the term meant, and I shrugged my shoulders and said I don't know. On their website Citizens United it says they are an organization that "dedicated to restoring our government to citizens' control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United's goal is to restore the founding fathers' vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens."
This event was organized by a Brad Newsham, Andrew Boyd and John Sellers. They have a website humanbannersf. This event was a "a collaboration between Brad and The Other 98%, with support from CREDO Mobile, Code Pink, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Democrats.com, Move to Amend, Public Citizen, Roots Action, Ruckus Society, and unPAC.org.
The people who formed the banner lined up and joined hands at the edge of the surf.
§DUMP CITIZENS UNITED
by D. Boyer Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM

§DUMP CITIZENS UNITED
by D. Boyer Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM

§DUMP CITIZENS UNITED
by D. Boyer Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM

§DUMP CITIZENS UNITED
by D. Boyer Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM

§DUMP CITIZENS UNITED
by D. Boyer Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM

§DUMP CITIZENS UNITED
by D. Boyer Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM

§Lining up on the surf
by D. Boyer Saturday Oct 13th, 2012 8:05 PM
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This event was not in support of the organization Citizens United, rather it was in protest of the Supreme Court ruling which allows anonymous and unlimited financial support of campaigns in the USA, thereby allowing corporations and even foreign interests to fund political campaigns anonymously.
Measure G on the ballot would call on SF's Congressional reps. to work for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood. The Examiner wrote it up here:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/prop-g-would-decry-corporate-money-politics

and there's more information on the movement to overturn Citizens United here:
https://movetoamend.org/
and here:
http://amend2012.org/learnmore/
by D. Boyer
Sunday Oct 14th, 2012 5:22 PM
Thank you Ross and Craig W for the information and clarification. Wish I knew this info before that event. I guess more needs to be said about Citizens United before election day. I consider myself well informed, but I had no clue what the banner meant or who Citizens United is/was.
by Jesse D
Tuesday Oct 16th, 2012 2:02 AM
An extremely controversial (to say the least), and unspeakably powerful decision by the Supreme Court. Everybody needs to know about it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission