Move to Amend Leader Visits Corvallis

March 2, 2013

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.

Sanders, the coordinator of Move to Amend’s Salt Lake City chapter, is one of several “barnstormers” who travel the country organizing for the group. Corvallis is one of five communities she plans to visit on a one-week swing through Oregon.

The organization supports a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC, which loosened some of the rules against large-scale political donations by corporations, labor unions and nonprofits.

Corvallis voters approved a local advisory measure in support of that goal last November by a 3-to-1 margin, but Sanders said residents can still be part of the larger effort to amend the Constitution. Her workshop will focus on helping other communities pass Move to Amend resolutions, organizing a statewide ballot measure campaign and pushing for action in Congress.

“The Move to Amend strategy is to basically ignite local democracy and then move that up to the county, state and national level,” she said.

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