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Letter: First Amendment applies only to people

May 23, 2019

The May 6 op-ed “Government shouldn’t dictate views we’re allowed to hear” by Bradley Smith presented a false choice of what to trust — the proposed 28th Amendment or the First Amendment.

Move to Amend’s proposed We the People Amendment (House Joint Resolution 48) declares that “artificial entities such as corporations do not have constitutional rights” and that political election spending “is not free speech.”

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Bill to Challenge Supreme Court Decision on Election Spending

May 8, 2019

Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections.

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State Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) doesn't think corporations are people and money is free speech, as in the 2010 Citizens United decision. Antonio plans a bill that would force a court challenge to that, much like Republican lawmakers did when they passed the so-called Heartbeat Bill to take on the 1973 ruling on abortion in Roe v Wade.

Biennial Democracy Day set Feb. 6 at Mentor city hall

February 2, 2019

Mentor residents have an opportunity to provide testimony on money and politics, and their impact on democracy at 6 p.m., Feb. 6, at Mentor Municipal Center, 8500 Civic Center Blvd.

A Mentor ordinance provides for Democracy Day hearings to be held biennially in February following a federal general election.

The event is a result of the effort by Mentor Move To Amend, a grassroots non-partisan organization, which obtained enough signatures to have an issue put on the November 2014 Mentor ballot. Voters approved the ordinance by a 70 percent affirmative vote.

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.

Move to Amend

July 5, 2014

Former US Representatives Steven C. Latourette and Dennis Eckert will be featured participants from 7:30 to 9:30 PM July 15 for a panel discussion sponsored by the Mentor Move To Amend organization.

Greg Coleridge, who directs the American Friends Service Committee's  work for political justice in Northeast Ohio and coordinates Move to Amend Ohio, also will be part of the panel.

Initiative Petition Appears Headed to Mentor Ballot

February 3, 2014

Mentor voters could see an initiative petition on the November ballot that takes issue with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the federal Campaign Reform Act.

A Mentor affiliate of a national coalition, Move to Amend, appears to have enough valid signatures to submit to electors a proposed ordinance instructing the city to inform federal and state elected officials that voters “want a constitutional amendment ending constitutional rights for corporations and overturning the legal doctrine of money being considered equivalent to speech,” the MTA website says.