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GCC symposium to discuss Citizens United ruling

A Supreme Court ruling that corporations have political rights will be the topic of Greenfield Community College’s upcoming senior symposium.

MacArthur Foundation recipient John Bonifaz will present “We the People or We the Corporations?” on Tuesday in the GCC Downtown Center, according to a GCC press release.

Bonifaz, co-founder and executive director of Free Speech for People, will discuss what he sees as the “serious and direct threat” presented by the ruling.

In January 2010, the Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. FEC, ruled 5-4 that corporations are “people” with political rights, thereby unleashing hundreds of millions of corporate dollars into the campaigns of national and state political races in the past two election cycles.

Bonifaz will argue how the country could change this ruling with a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Bonifaz received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award in 1999. He was founder and director of the National Voting Rights Institute.

The symposium will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., at the GCC Downtown Center.

It costs $10, and preregistration is strongly advised by calling 413-775-1661 or arrive early for limited same-day registration.

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