6:30pm Rally and Press Conference outside followed by 7:00pm Public comment at City Council meeting inside
Join Berkeley Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson, Congresswoman Barbara Lee's aide (TBC), Occupella and the people of Berkeley who do not believe that corporations are people nor that money is speech on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 PM in front of Old Berkeley City Hall (2134 Martin Luther King Jr Way).
Speakers include Berkeley Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (invited) and Commissioner Phoebe Sorgen. Music will be provided by Hali Hammer and Occupella. Small protest signs may be brought inside and held up during the Council meeting.
This event is part of a nationwide week of action in support of a constitutional amendment that will establish that only humans, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights, and that money is not speech. Berkeley has often been a trend setter. Many cities are following Berkeley's lead. After two small towns did so, Berkeley was the first city in the nation to adopt a Resolution opposing corporate personhood in 2004. Berkeley's City Council was also first to oppose Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, which derailed campaign finance reform, resulting in the most exorbitant elections in history. Former Republican senator Warren Rudman wrote of that, "Supreme Court opinion notwithstanding, corporations are not defined as people under the Constitution, and free speech can hardly be called free when only the rich are heard." Chris Dodd, in the Senate at that time, pointed out that "money is not speech," that "corporations are not people" and that "a constitutional amendment is necessary to fully restore the trust and voice of the America people."
Berkeley Councilmember Max Anderson, from the home of the Free Speech Movement, asserts, "The struggle to retain our democratic and constitutional rights is being threatened by corporate and right-wing political interests as never before, and therefore requires of us a relentless effort in defense of these rights."
Move to Amend members are collaborating with a local organization, BOSS, that is holding a 6pm press conference to oppose the Mayor's proposal for a ballot measure to criminalize sitting on public sidewalks. Sorgen, a long-time active Move to Amend member who sat at a table on the sidewalk for weeks in front of "The Corporation" film screenings, implores, "Connecting the dots, I trust most people will challenge the City Council to honor Berkeley’s tradition of Free Speech and compassion. Defend the right to sit, whether for political tabling in the public commons, from fatigue, or for lack of a house in this dire economy caused by the corporate takeover of democracy."
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