More than 60 people were on hand Tuesday evening in Unitarian Universalist Church on Elmwood Avenue to hear an address by David Cobb, a spokesman for Move to Amend, a national coalition to abolish corporate injustice in the United States.
Cobb, an attorney and the Green Party's presidential candidate in 2004, offered oversight on last year's U. S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens Unlimited v. the Federal Election Commission — a decision widely criticized as tilting the power in favor of corporations.
Buffalo is one of 10 New York State stops on Cobb's five-week national tour.
"This region has a history of progressive populist sentiment dating back to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton," said Cobb, who is also on staff at Democracy Unlimited, a grass-roots organizing group working to educate the public on how to reclaim power from corporate rule. "I fully expect Buffalo to be one of the cornerstones in the New York State Move to Amend movement."
Cobb began the evening by giving a historical perspective on the Constitution and the importance of "We the People."
When he asked for a show of hands if anyone believes "the people" rule the nation, not one hand was raised.
Cobb said Move to Amend believes corporations are enemy No. 1.
"I am a proud, patriotic and [angry] American," Cobb said to an applauding audience. "Bur we as progressives make a mistake if we allow the tea party to monopolize the angry American sentiment."
Cobb also noted the abolitionist movement was fueled by righteous anger — a good thing if used to instigate productive action.
Move to Amend was born of resentment of "corporate personhood" — the court-created precedent that gives corporations rights intended for individuals and more power to influence government.
Cobb described the Citizens Unlimited decision "the most egregious and most recent example" of a Supreme Court ruling in favor of corporations.