Fort Collins passes Move to Amend resolution

October 2, 2012
Brandi Williams

Some say the Occupy Wall Street uprising had one catalyst in the Citizen's United ruling of the Supreme Court on January 21, 2010. Move to Amend is an activist group that works to put an end to Citizen's United and Corporate Personhood through a constitutional amendment. Stating on their website, "The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule." The Citizen's United ruling allowed for unlimited dollars to flow into campaigns, in essence auctioning the politician and our policies.

StampStampede.org created a money stamp tour and website for participation in the project. For every bill stamped (saying things like "Money is not Free Speech") is seen by an average of 875 people. The site also speaks to the legality issues and questions.

According the operating principle of Article V of the United States constitution, the people can rule through demands established by two-thirds of the populace or congress, two-thirds or three-fourths of the states depending. The first stage of the process is to get an amendment proposed, a process on its own with its own set of rules. The next step is to get a constitutional amendment (proposed) ratified taking another set of steps. Both elements require fractions of the people and the government.

The Government was designed to be representative of the people, and the people became complacent in its representation. Thus, the political debate regarding what constitutes a person with rights and campaign dollars. The difference being for the protesters, as put in by Baron Thurlow in the early 19th century, "They have no body to incarcerate and no soul to save".

On October 2, the city of Fort Collins, CO became one of over a hundred to pass a local resolution stating that corporations are not people and money is not free speech. It may seem pointless and symbolic, until that two-thirds threshold is met. Then these early crusaders working on the Corporation Separation Movement will have a lot to be proud of. They were able to step the country trajectory towards democracy and away from its auction.

Congrats to Fort Collins tonight!

 

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