Move to Amend, the national campaign to abolish corporate constitutional rights and eliminate big money from elections, will host a community forum on “Creating an Authentic, Partipatory Democracy” with guest speaker Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, the national director of the organization.
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - It's the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling, and some Oregonians have been working for five years to counteract it.
The ruling removed limits on the amount of money that corporations, associations and unions can spend on political campaigns.
An organizer for the national Move to Amend campaign will be in Corvallis this week to lead a workshop on ways to abolish corporate personhood.
Ashley Sanders will present “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 N.W. Circle Blvd. There is no charge to attend.
Move to Amend has 150 chapters across the country, including eight in Oregon.
November 15, 2012 9:15am
There were some surprises in last week’s election, but the Corvallis advisory vote on the so-called Move to Amend effort was not among them.
The Corvallis initiative supports a nationwide effort called Move to Amend, which aims to overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision on campaign financing.
In Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission the court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions.
The decision has led to the creation of “super PACs” and a dramatic increase in campaign spending nationally.
What does a United States Supreme Court decision on campaign financing have to do with politics in Corvallis?
Plenty, say backers of Measure 02-81, an advisory measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.
“It’s pretty clear that this is a local issue,” said local organizer Rachel Ozretich at an Oct. 8 Corvallis City Club forum on the issue. “Money we keep locally in our community from small businesses helps our local economy.”
Group addressed City Club on Measure 02-81
Proponents of Measure 02-81 took their message to the City Club on Monday, saying that corporations are not entitled to the same free speech as individual citizens.
Rachel and Bob Ozretich, co-founders of Corvallis Area Move to Amend, will address the next meeting of the Corvallis City Club on the movement’s opposition to corporate personhood.
The meeting will begin at noon Oct. 8 in the banquet room of the Renaissance Building, 136 S.W. Washington Ave.
Council refers question on Move to Amend proposal to November election
Corvallis residents will get a chance to weigh in this fall on the debate over corporate personhood and political speech, thanks to a decision by the City Council.
The council voted overwhelmingly on Monday to place an advisory question on the November general election ballot.