When the US Supreme Court decided in favor of the plaintiff in the Citizens United case on January 21, 2010, did the five justices who supported it know that their decision would open the door to a fascist state within six short years?
I’m so sorry to be writing today with tragic news.
Bob Ozretich, a co-founder and active leader of the Corvallis Area Move To Amend affiliate in central western Oregon, was killed by an impaired driver while volunteering for highway litter cleanup with a group from his local Unitarian Universalist congregation this week. Bob was a chemical oceanographer for 40 years at the Environmental Protection Agency before retiring in 2014.
Together with his wife Rachel, Bob not only played a critical role in Corvallis Area Move to Amend but also in laying the groundwork for a future statewide network of Oregon Move To Amend groups. He helped pass a 2012 advisory vote in the Corvallis City Council to urge state and federal representatives to support a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and money as speech. Most recently in 2015, Bob testified in support of a city resolution prohibiting Corvallis from investing in fossil fuel companies, which ultimately passed.
Through his organizing work in Move To Amend and other groups including the NAACP, his personal values of democracy and social justice were unwavering, as was his tireless commitment to making his community and the world a more just and equal place for everyone.
One of the most fun, simple, and impactful actions you can take is stamping money! We're excited to announce a brand new self-inking partner stamp created for us by Stamp Stampede! This weekend only - if you donate $28+ dollars to Move to Amend, we'll send you one of these brand new stamps!
Cliches are boring to hear, yet often contain truth. That actions speak louder than words is one of those. The next time you see Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, or Eric Swalwell waxing indignantly on cable TV about how Trump is a grave menace to the rule of law and American democracy, focus less on their scripted talking points and more on their actions, beginning with their vote yesterday to vest in him these awesome powers while blocking safeguards and checks.