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.
The presentation comes just days after the Supreme Court’s landmark McCutcheon vs. the FEC decision in which aggregate limits on campaign spending were eliminated for individual donors.
Verona aldermen approved a resolution to Move to Amend 417, a Constitutional amendment in which the United States Supreme Court equated corporations with individual personhood and corporate money to freedom of speech in regards to political campaigns. The move came during the council's Jan. 29 meeting.
The Amend 417 movement calls to abolish corporate personhood and re-establish that only people are entitled to inalienable constitutional rights, money is not free speech and regulating political contributions is not equivalent to limiting free speech.
The Freistatt Village Board of Trustees became the first southwest Missouri government to formally endorse a U.S. Constitutional amendment stripping corporations of the rights held by individuals.
Trustees voted after reviewing results of a community survey sent to 83 utilities customers. Nearly three-quarters of the people responded, but only half had an opinion about the amendment. Of those, Freistatt residents supported the change by more than two to one.
A resolution of support passed on a unanimous voice voted.
The Plans and Policies Committee, comprised of four council members, considered a proposal from Councilmember Burlison to support amendments to the Missouri and United States constitutions abolishing “corporate personhood.”
The proposal was not in the draft legislative priorities but was attached to it. Burlison said the proposal is drawn from the organization Move to Amend, which advocates that only human beings are entitled to inalienable rights.
For some, there wasn’t a better venue for America’s first Democracy Convention than the in-your-face capitol of local democracy, Madison, Wisconsin — a state with a long history of progressive sensibilities. Earlier this years thousands of protesters converged upon the capitol in response to Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislative majority’s decision to end collective bargaining for public employees — a fight that is not over and one leading to a test of Walker’s reelection capability.