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Greg Coleridge - Activist, Move To Amend

July 19, 2017

"The problem isn't that the government is broken," Greg Coleridge says, whipping out one of many activist slogans he's been repeating so long they're inextricably threaded into the fabric of his speech. "It's that it's fixed."  

"Fixed as in rigged," he says, leaning in, making sure the message is clear. Coleridge's central issue is corporate power and the insidious effects of money in politics. He is a man who has known that corporations aren't people since long before Citizens United.

Cleveland citizens decry impact of Citizens United case at first Democracy Day hearing

May 10, 2017

Hearing prompts calls to curb corporate campaign influence

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A crowd filled City Council's hearing room Monday to condemn the level of influence corporations can wield over politicians via contributions to political campaigns.  

The problem, they said, exists at a national level with contributions from industry giants in areas such as healthcare and banking and at a local level with contributions from businesses such as restaurants and taverns. 

Citizens hold power in democracy

May 4, 2017

Letter to the Editor:

Are Ohioans to be punished for behaving like actual citizens? The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are "We the People" – not "we the judges," "we the corporations," or "we the elected officials." In a monarchy, the monarch is sovereign. In a democratic republic, citizens hold the sovereign power. We'd better start acting like it.

Cleveland initiative opposing Citizens United should have gone to city voters

March 5, 2017

CLEVELAND -- At its last meeting of 2016, Cleveland City Council passed Ordinance No. 1015-16, created by initiative petition, establishing a "Democracy Day" and "providing that the people of the City of Cleveland support the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and also providing for biennial public hearings on these topics," the first to be held in the second week of May 2017.

Corporate personhood and Ohio

March 2, 2017

Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that corporate entities are “persons,” entitled to the constitutional rights originally intended solely for human beings. On Jan. 25, Cleveland Heights held its fourth annual Democracy Day public hearing, created by the 2013 ballot initiative that called for a U.S. constitutional amendment stating, “Corporations are not people and money is not speech.”

Democracy Day in Mentor and elsewhere probes corporate political gifts

February 7, 2017

MENTOR, Ohio -- Eleven local cities hold Democracy Days to explore the clout of corporate cash in politics.

The cities hold hearings for residents to testify about the influence of corporate donations since the 2010 Citizens United case when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to wipe out the McCain-Feingold restrictions on campaign donations.

Shaker Heights, South Euclid voters pass ordinances denouncing Citizens United decision

November 9, 2016

Shaker Heights and South Euclid voters passed ordinances Tuesday declaring support for a constitutional amendment that would strike down the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial "Citizens United" decision, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Shaker Heights and South Euclid join 500 other communities in pushing for an amendment that would limit political spending by corporations, labor unions and other associations.