On March 1st, we’ll be releasing the first Story of Stuff movie of 2011—The Story of Citizens United v. FEC. The movie examines the disproportionate influence that corporations exercise in the American political system and was inspired by the disastrous 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that permitted corporations to spend freely to influence American elections.
We celebrate the fact that our movies have inspired millions around the world—from Brazil to South Africa and Russia to India. While many members of the Story of Stuff community don’t live in the United States, we believe The Story of Citizens United will hold lessons for us all.
Recently, we received this message from Leo Brooks, a Canadian. He wrote:
While I have a deep understanding that what happens in the U.S. ultimately affects us, I feel a bit disconnected from being able to do something to affect change because I am not in the U.S. Things here are in a really similar state to our neighbours to the south, but the political and cultural environment is unique. I wonder then, if you have any resources or connections in Canada of people that are fighting for the same kinds of reforms in our country, confronting our own distinct political and corporate barriers?
While we focus on the United States for many reasons—our country consumes a disproportionate share of the world’s resources, our corporations’ influence is multinational and our government policies have a significant impact beyond our borders—we recognize the universality of corporate power and encourage members of our community to fight it and defend the will of the people wherever you are.
It would be impossible for us to gather resources for every country. Like Leo says, every country’s political and cultural environment is unique. So we encourage you to share the names of organizations or movements in your country working to raise up the people’s concerns, rather than the corporations. You can share ideas here and in a discussion our Facebook group.