The Lakewood Move To Amend Comittee is sponsoring "We The People" Day on Saturday, February 1, to host a community conversation about money in politics. A panel of public officials including Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, State Representative Nickie Antonio and Lakewood City Council Member Tom Bullock will guide the discussion. Following prepared remarks from panel members, community members will be encouraged to offer observations and ask questions about the influence of large political contributions from nonhuman entities as wealthy donors to candidates for public office. Greg Coleridge of the American Friends Service Committee will give an overview of the national Move To Amend effort.
"We The People" Day will be held from 1-3 p.m. on February 1 at Mahall's Twenty Lanes, 13200 Madison in Lakewood. In addition to the panel discussion, "We The People" Day will allow the Lakewood community to learn more about the Move To Amend petition campaign that calls for an amendment to the United States Constitution that declares that:
A) Only human beings, not corporations, are legal persons with constitutional rights.
B) Money is not equivalent to speech and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.