CITIZEN INITIATIVE TO END CORPORATE PERSONHOOD AND MONEY AS SPEECH ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
[Cleveland Heights, OH] The Cleveland Heights City Council voted unanimously on August 5, 2013 to allow a citizen initiative to be placed on the November ballot. The initiative calls on Congress to pass a federal Constitutional Amendment to end corporate “personhood” and money as speech.
The initiative, if passed by voters, establishes an annual public hearing in Cleveland Heights to examine the impact of big money in politics on our democracy.
Greg Coleridge, who directs AFSC's economic and political justice work in Northeast Ohio, explains why we need to push for a constitutional amendment which states clearly that corporations aren't people and money isn't speech.
Greg provides more context for his position in this article published in the University of Toledo Law Review.
Move To Amend's national spokesman, David Cobb, will be touring the Midwest for the next 2 weeks! David Cobb is a lawyer and a former Green Party presidential candidate. Learn some of the history of how corporations gained personhood and all the rights that followed, plus what we can do to rid our country of corporate rule and unlimited money in politics and demand our DEMOCRACY back! Please spread the news of his coming visit, bring your family and friends, and come to an excellent presentation on August 14 (Tues.) at
All Wilpfers are invited and encouraged to attend a Save Our Democracy Ice Cream Social for State House Members and Senators. We’ll serve homemade pie, cake and ice cream from 2-4pm. Our goal is to talk again to our Legislators one on one. Here is the letter they’ll be receiving:
Iowa Move to Amend is sponsoring a Paricipatory Democracy Training for a petition campaign to abolish corporate personhood, end corporate rule and create a democracy that works for all of us. Ben Manski will conduct the training.
Occupy Greensboro is planning to attend the next public hearing regarding the proposed Duke Power rate increase. This hearing is scheduled to take place Nov 28th at 1:00pm, NC Utilities Commission Room 2115, 430 North Salisbury Street, Dobbs Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-5918. Occupy Greensboro is opposed to any rate increase due to the negative impact that this would have on the 99%. Occupy Greensboro will be organizing a carpool leaving at 10:00am from Glenwood Coffee and Books.
Come to hear about plans emerging from the David Cobb tour of Iowa and help form a strategy for an ACTION at the Capitol that will mark the 1st Anniversary of the Citizens United decision on January 21, 2011.
Maggie Rawlands, active in Des Moines WILPF since the 1960s and a leader on causes like disarmament, small weapons treaty, anti-nuclear weapons, and challenging corporate power. Maggie is delighted with the featured speaker we will have at the meeting, David Cobb from National Move To Amend. More on David later.
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