The Monahan Brothers

I went and photographed a gathering at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza on Monday, this one concerning last January’s Supreme Court decision  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in that, in what I imagine must have to be a pile of legalese and mumbo-jumbo, it was ruled to expand the legal definition of a corporation into something with the legal rights and status of a sovereign citizen in ways, specifically, this corporate personhood concept arose because now corporations can spend an unlimited amount of money on political campaign donations. Citizens United was a nonprofit 501(C)(4) organization that evidently didn’t do anything else besides distribute TV commercials promoting a film called Hillary: The Movie. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m told it’s not flattering. The breadcrumbs can lead to corporate interests funneling money through nonprofit groups in order to manipulate political campaigns.

Robin and Laird Monahan, brothers and Vietnam veterans are walking across the country, from San Francisco to Washington D.C concerning the Supreme Court decision, and Kansas City was one of the stops. The webpage covering their trip is at MoveToAmend.org.

Link to podcast of Tell Somebody on KKFI 90.1 with discussion of the supreme court case and corporate personhood.

1) Robin and Laird Monahan

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4) Laird Monahan

5) Something to end with.

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  1. David Huet-Vaughn
    David Huet-Vaughn says:

    YOU GUYS ARE HUMAN!

    HOW DELIGHTFUL. THAT IS REALLY WHERE IT IS AT.

    WE EITHER HAVE TO ASSERT OUR HUMAN EXISTENCE OR OTHERS
    WILL MARGINALIZE IT FOR US, OR FOR THEM.

    REMEMBER RULING ELITES HIDE BEHIND THE CORPORATION
    AND THEY ARE IRRESPONSIBLE PROFITEERS, ALSO HUMAN BUT NOT VERY
    HELPFUL ONES.

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  2. Bill Drummond
    Bill Drummond says:

    Wow! What great photos, good people, and a coherent message: Move to Amend!
    Thank you, sincerely to ace photographer Eric Bowers! You have a social conscience, AND a good eye for the right moment.

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  3. Mo Rage
    Mo Rage says:

    Sadly, I think too many Americans don’t understand what’s at stake here. Too many either don’t know, don’t care or are so busy trying to make a living in this new, much tougher economy, they don’t realize what the Supreme Court’s ruling has done to us. Too many people, too, confuse other issues with this, larger one.

    It doesn’t look good for us out here. We have to push back on this, big time, of course, especially now, before Republicans get back into office in Washington.

    Thank you for what you’re doing here and for raising awareness.

    Mo Rage
    the blog

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