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.
The event, part of a statewide tour, will take place at the Benton County-Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC expanded spending on elections by corporations and wealthy individuals. Sopoci-Belknap will help local residents understand the more than century-long history behind that decision and how they can work to abolish corporate constitutional rights.
Bob Ozretich, co-founder of the Corvallis Area Move to Amend, noted a 2012 advisory vote in Corvallis in which 75.5 percent of voters asked the City Council to urge state and federal representatives to support a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and money as speech. The Oregon Legislature passed such a measure in 2013, Ozretich said.