Colorado Press Coverage

Corporate personhood should be our prime target

February 6, 2017

I’ve been musing about the idea of corporate personhood — the campaign by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and others that would grant corporations the basic rights that people have, on the theory that “businesses are, at least legally, not that different from people."

It is this kind of thinking that should be the primary target of people and organizations who want to bring humanity, not money, back to the fore as the ruling force in this country.

Trump pick for Supreme Court is out of step with Colorado, demonstrators say

February 2, 2017

A group of activists condemned President Donald Trump’s nomination of Colorado resident and U.S. 10th Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying his appointment would threaten hard-won constitutional protections for women, minorities and workers.

Gorsuch has sided with big business interests, supported rulings that give corporations rights that should be reserved for people, and has opposed women’s reproductive rights and the right to assisted suicide, they said at a demonstration on Thursday.

Hudson: Move to Reverse Citizens United Can be an Uphill, Lonely Battle

August 3, 2015

Stephen Justino of Move to Amend drew a dozen voters to the Mercury Café in Denver on Sunday for a Call to Action aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling. The 2010 decision established two legal principals: Corporations are entitled to free speech protections like those extended to persons, and spending on political matters equals speech, so spending constraints constitute an improper limitation on free speech.

Fort Collins passes Corporation Separation resolution

October 4, 2012

With a vote of four to three, and with the mayor stating she is putting a cover letter of protest on the resolution, it passed! The city of Fort Collins has passed a resolution declaring the corporations are not people and money is not speech. A small group of hard-working individuals, loosely affiliated with Occupy Fort Collins and Move to Amend, have worked on this resolution for many months.

Council adopts resolution calling for overturn of Citizens United

October 2, 2012

Fort Collins City Council narrowly adopted a resolution Tuesday calling on Colorado’s delegation in Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would overturn the Citizens United ruling.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling held that corporations and labor organizations are entitled to the same constitutional rights as individuals, and within those rights can donate unlimited sums to indirect advocacy of political campaigns as an exercise of free speech.

Fort Collins passes Move to Amend resolution

October 2, 2012

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.

Writers on the Range: If corporations are people, what are they really like?

June 3, 2012

ExxonMobil spits out a gob of chewing-tobacco juice and taps a baseball bat against the cleats of its shoes, knocking off the dirt clods. Then "Exx 'Em" — as the fans like to call their slugger — steps into the batter's box and slams the first pitch over the center-field wall of Dodger Stadium.

Meanwhile, Victoria's Secret — who likes to be called Vikki — is elbow-deep in stinky compost in a Denver garden, preparing to plant zucchinis, while Yahoo sits alone in a Seattle park, getting high on marijuana to avoid thinking about how it lost so much market share to Google.

Commissioners back effort to overturn high court ruling

January 4, 2012

The Pueblo County commissioners on Tuesday gave unanimous support to a resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution, specifically to overturn the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that set aside all federal limits on corporate spending in elections.

The commissioners took the step at the request of a local group, Pueblo Move to Amend, which is trying to organize local support for a national amendment. A dozen or so supporters were on hand at the commissioners' meeting to applaud their vote.