Letter to the Editor: Reclaiming Democracy on July 4th

June 17, 2013
Bobbie Morgan, Maurie Louis, Jonathan Manheim, Kat Gjovik, Norm Keegel, Larissa Cretarolo, Ellen Williams, Ernie Williams, Jonathan Quitslund, Lisa Lewis

July 4th is coming, and we feel it is a perfect time to announce that many of us are joining in the movement to take our elections back from extremely wealthy individuals and profit-driven corporations.

We are losing our “for the people, by the people” democracy. The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision was disastrous, opening floodgates of undisclosed financial influence over our elections. The ruling affirmed that corporations are “people” and established that the money they donate to campaigns is considered free speech protected under the 1st Amendment. To be heard, a person running for office must now accept huge contributions. If one wants to be elected and win again in the next race, that person must address the needs of the corporation that “bought” his/her elected seat.

It is time to roll up our sleeves and fix this problem. The first step is to come together as citizens of our community and proclaim that these fundamental principles are unassailable: “Corporations are not people, and money is not speech.”

Move to Amend volunteers on Bainbridge Island are collecting petition signatures asking our Bainbridge Island City Council to pass a resolution urging the Washington State Legislature to call on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution, declaring that “Corporations are NOT People” and “Money is NOT Speech.” Let’s make Washington the 16th state to do this.

Please sign the petition when you see volunteers in town, or go to www.mtak-petition.org to read and sign online. Be a part of this growing movement to protect our democracy. More information is at www.movetoamend.org/wa-bainbridge-island. Join us!

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