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Nearly a year since Citizens United v. FEC

Corporate America is raking in higher profits than ever before.

On Capitol Hill, lobbyists are calling for cuts to line the pockets of the super-rich while gouging holes in the safety net for those hit hardest by the Great Recession.

And in January, a new Congress will arrive — a Congress stacked with members whose campaigns reaped the benefits of the limitless corporate money unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s time for We, the People to take a stand.

Join us next month in demonstrations against Corporate America on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. To stay in the loop on planning and preparations, sign up at www.citizen.org/i-will-stand-up-to-corporate-america.

In that decision, the Court allowed corporations to spend as much money as they want to sway elections, giving corporations the power to punish those who would stand up to them and reward those who will do what they want. Lawmakers will be under the thumb of corporate power like never before.

No matter how you look at it, it’s hard not to see difficult days ahead for those of us who believe our government’s job is to serve the people, not the likes of BP, Halliburton, Monsanto, JPMorgan and Philip Morris.

But every day the movement to take a stand against Corporate America and amend the Constitution to combat corporate control of our elections is growing stronger.

Grassroots gatherings have taken place all over the country, and Public Citizen is working alongside other national groups to organize demonstrations around January 21, 2011: the one-year anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC.

What your demonstration looks like is up to you and what will work in your community. Follow this link for tips and suggestions.

You could picket with signs in front of the headquarters of a national corporation, hold a teach-in about corporate influence in government on the steps of a local government building, or distribute flyers on a busy street corner.

No matter what you do, try to involve as many people in your community as possible and do something that will generate some attention from your local news media. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with organizer Anna White at awhite@citizen.org.

Polls show the majority of Americans are appalled by the corporate corruption of our democracy and support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC. Help us connect people in your community who will refuse to stand by while corporations take over.

Let us know if you’re interested in organizing a demonstration or other public event in your community by going to www.citizen.org/i-will-stand-up-to-corporate-america. Join our Facebook group for January 21 demonstrations and invite your friends to help us mobilize people to stand up to corporate power.