The Unitarian Universalist congregation in Venice has endorsed Move To Amend and they mean it! Kindra Muntz pulled together a fantastic conference in Venice. Participants arrived from all over Southwest Florida. Arlene Sweeting and Diane Desenberg of the Manasota Move To Amend team were both presenters. During the conference, participants had a chance to get together in small groups to discuss what they could do locally to help defend our democracy.
One local chapter of a national group called Move to Amend is hoping to establish that money is not free speech and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. They hope to amend the U.S. Constitution to overrule the Supreme Court decision, and they are starting with local municipalities to endorse their mission. The non-partisan group includes registered Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians and others.
Ballot measures across the country passed on November 8th highlighting the fact that progressive values still resonate with the U.S. electorate. Gains were made even in the face of industry deception and big dollar ad campaigns.
Manasota Move To Amend pressed forward with the Manatee Board of County Commissioners during the Public Comment period of their June 7 meeting. Jaime Canfield, William Dennison, Mary Sheppard, and Frank Dellert took to the podium to catalog some of the problems associated with corporate power from a local perspective. This was their second attempt to speak. On May 24, a group of Move To Amend supporters did not get a chance to speak due to a large group that monopolized the microphone. They persevered and returned two weeks later.
"It is shameful on this celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. that we have to begin with a statement that black lives matter," said David Cobb with Move to Amend, a nonprofit organization that says their aim is to restructure society so everyone experiences their human rights. "Because of course that's true, but yet our racist country conduct itself as if it's not true."
Matt Killen sits down with people who are trying to move and shake our status quo. In our first episode we talk with David Cobb, the spokesperson for Move To Amend to discuss rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
Corporations have grown to be a threat to our democracy. Thanks to recent Supreme Court decisions, they are now claiming personhood, to be a citizen just like you and me. How did this happen?
Pensacola’s Coffee Party will host a meeting Wednesday evening, to form local coalitions within the national “Move to Amend” campaign.
On a 5-4 vote, the Citizens United ruling in January 2010 gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums on ads and other political tools. In effect, the court said in that regard, corporations had the same 1st amendment rights as individual persons.
The reach of corporate cash and super PAC’s into local elections was the topic that brought several dozen people out to hear from local candidates who believe that their bid for office was sabotaged by the strong arm of big money.