January 20, 2012
As part of a nationwide action taking place at over 100 courts across the country, Occupy Charlottesville participated in "Occupy The Courts" on Friday at the U.S. District Courthouse on West Main Street.
Organizers say, the protest marks the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which expanded constitutional free speech rights to corporations, allowing them to donate unlimited funds to campaigns without disclosure.
"Our elections are bought and paid for," said protest organizer David Swanson. "These new super PACs, the money that's spent almost every time determine who wins the election. We don't think that's how it should be."
Occupiers and activists rallied outside of the Federal Courthouse in Charlottesville, holding up signs and making speeches to get their message out.
A petition also circulated at the protest asking to amend the Constitution to "firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."
The nationwide protest is being organized by the group Move to Amend.