Laura Bonham

Laura Bonham

Laura Bonham is a member of Move to Amend’s National Leadership team and a contributing wordsmith in Move to Amend’s communication department. She is a community organizer, former candidate for state office, and a small business owner.

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Friday, August 18, 2017
This Is All So 19th Century
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Statue of Liberty is one very big American icon, adorned with some poetry of equally...
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Back to the Future: Universalizing Resistance, Democratizing Power
Every year to celebrate Independence Day, I watch the film 1776, based on the hit Broadway play. It is centered on the writing of the Declaration of Independence. If you know your history, it effectively pokes fun at our founding myth. It also reminds me of the conditions under which these men...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
Is Trump’s Billionaire Cabinet Actually A Closet Full of Fascists?
Yes, Donald Trump’s cabinet will end up being the richest in modern history— worth around $4.5 billion at conservative estimates but many multi-billions more if you include the family wealth of his appointments and of course Trump himself. Any way you count it, the wealth, corporate influence, and...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Hey Hillary, The Problem Isn’t Just Citizens United
When Hillary Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC this year, it took a lot of folks by surprise considering the PACs and corporate leaders who donate to her campaign for the presidency, her paid Wall Street speeches, and her on-again off-again on-again...
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Friday, August 09, 2013
Corporate Constitutional “Rights” Harm Small Business
On the day, nearly twenty years ago, that my husband and I incorporated our general contracting firm to protect ourselves against liability, I first became aware of corporate personhood. It was not lost on me that protection from liability was a huge advantage that people just don’t have, and how ridiculous it was that my husband and I had to incorporate to get that protection.
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Friday, June 21, 2013
Lochnerized: Corporations have Constitutional Rights. Unions? Not So Much
When judicial rulings create law, it’s commonly known as judicial activism." Lochnerizing " is when the courts invalidate democratically enacted laws while granting corporations constitutional rights. In a 1905 Supreme Court case, Lochner v. New York, the Court struck down a New York state law that limited the amount of hours a baker could work in a day.
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Thursday, September 06, 2012
Corporate Power on Full Display at Dem and GOP Conventions
In the past week, we have been witness to the spectacle of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, events where both parties leave no stone unturned in their attempts to gain the confidence of voting Americans. Perhaps the biggest and best opportunity during presidential campaigns for the parties to differentiate themselves from each other, but the similarities between the two conventions cannot be overlooked.
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Friday, February 06, 2009
Americans Should Not Stand for Lock-down on Single-Payer Discussion
As an ardent advocate of single-payer healthcare for many years, I am more than a little frustrated by Washington insiders—beholden to healthcare corporations—telling the American people that passing single-payer healthcare reform, specifically HR. 676, the United States National Health Care Act, can't happen. The fact is they are standing in the way of it happening.
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