WEST ALLIS – Last night West Allis, Wisconsin, a conservative Milwaukee suburb, voted overwhelmingly to reject the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC ruling.
It’s been widely reported today that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy corporate front group that unites state lawmakers with corporations to pass state laws favorable to corporate interests, helped pass the law that might allow Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, to escape prosecution.
Resolution Puts Congress on Notice that It Has One Year to Send Amendment to States for Ratification
Two legislators from Madison, Wisconsin began the process of overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case shortly after the two-year anniversary of the decision that created corporate personhood for the purpose of political speech.
Salt Lake City will hold a launch meeting Wednesday of a local branch of the national Move to Amend movement, a group that will be working to collect petitions from 50 cities arguing that despite the Supreme Court’s ruling on the controversial Citizens United cases, corporations aren’t people and money doesn’t equal free speech.
On January 12, 2012 the Portland City Council voted unanimously for the historic resolution purposed by Mayor Sam Adams declaring the city's support for amending the US Constitution making clear that money is not speech and that corporations are not people.
The vote was 3-0 with Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman absent. Commission Fish had indicated that he would have voted in favor had he been there.
“The US Supreme Court continued its tradition of giving our basic constitutional human rights to corporations in their Citizens United decision. This city council vote has now affirmed their belief that flesh and blood people should have human rights and that corporations are not human. That is as it should be.” stated David Delk, founder of Move to Amend Portland.
We've spent the last two years listening and organizing at the grassroots level. Our amendment reflects what we have heard from Americans across the nation - our country is ready for a change that is bold and sweeping.
But is Congress ready?
It is our belief that we need to operate on the assumption that once an Amendment comes out of Congress we won't get another shot. So we MUST get it right!
In the months ahead it will be important that we not let our goals be diluted by our legislators in Washington or the organizations who have their ear, even those that mean well and want to see reform in our political system.