SANTA ANA (CBS) — A protest that began on Wall Street last fall has now reached the doorsteps of the U.S. justice system in the heart of Orange County.
KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the Occupy movement took their demands to the Santa Ana federal courthouse on Friday.
Dozens of protesters from the “Orange County Citizens Occupy the Courts” group gathered outside the courthouse on West 4th Street as part of the latest campaign in a nationwide effort that kicked off last September.
The protest was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined corporations are persons and are protected by the U.S. Constitution.
The 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision “opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate money in elections”, the group said in a statement.
“Corporations are not people and money is not speech,” said David Cobb, national spokesperson for Occupy the Courts. “The Citizens United decision allows corporate money to drown out the voice of the people. With Occupy the Courts, we will demand that our voices be heard.”
Protests were held at federal courthouses in over 80 cities nationwide on Friday, including the Roy Ball Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.