Fighting Corporate Power

Macomb, IL – An activist believes a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is another example of the growing power of corporations in America. He says grassroots organizing is needed to challenge that power. At issue is the Kelo decision, in which justices ruled that a private company can take private land, much as governments can through eminent domain. The private company's action is supposed to result in some public good, such as job creation. But Greg Coleridge says this is simply another example of how governments have become arms of corporations. He believes Kelo will be challenged because the ruling is generating opposition from across the political spectrum. Coleridge is a member of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. He was in Macomb recently to speak during the annual Business Ethics Day at Western Illinois University.