OH - Cleveland Press Coverage

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.

Shaker voters asked to join "Move to Amend" Citizens United decision on Issue 95

November 2, 2016

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- More than five years after the controversial "Citizens United" decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, local voters have the opportunity to push for a constitutional amendment to attempt to strike it down with Issue 95.

Having collected 1,575 signatures from residents to get the "Move to Amend" initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot, Shaker Heights could join about 500 other communities in what organizers call "a grassroots effort to reclaim democracy."

Shaker voters asked to join "Move to Amend" Citizens United decision on Issue 95

November 2, 2016

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- More than five years after the controversial "Citizens United" decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, local voters have the opportunity to push for a constitutional amendment to attempt to strike it down with Issue 95.

Having collected 1,575 signatures from residents to get the "Move to Amend" initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot, Shaker Heights could join about 500 other communities in what organizers call "a grassroots effort to reclaim democracy."

'We the Corporations' or 'We the People?'

September 30, 2016

On Sept. 14, State Representatives Kent Smith (District 8) and Nickie Antonio (District 13) announced their primary co-sponsorship in the Ohio House of Representatives of a resolution calling on “legislators at the state and federal level and other communities and jurisdictions to support an amendment to the United States Constitution that would abolish corporate personhood and the doctrine of money as speech.”

NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee to Co-Sponsor Hip-Hop Symposium

September 14, 2016

A Quaker organization that promotes “lasting peace with justice as a practical expression of faith in action,” the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) draws on what it calls “continuing spiritual insights” to “nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.”

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