Move to Amend National Director to Speak in Corvallis

November 27, 2017

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.

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