The local Move to Amend affiliate for Akron, Ohio.
Jan. 21 marks an important day in the history of our country. Today will not only be Martin Luther King Day, it will also be the third anniversary of the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The legal “logic” that led to this decision, claiming that corporations are entitled to constitutional rights such as freedom of speech, has led to results that extend beyond the unprecedented amount of spending in recent elections.
From the article...
Council passed the resolution about campaign spending by corporations at the urging of several Akron residents who are part of an effort to lobby state and federal representatives to approve limits in light of the record-setting spending in federal elections this year. Council members said they favor limiting campaign spending by corporations but don’t want to impede on corporations’ other free-speech rights.
“We have to address this issue,” Williams said.
Dressed in a Bank of America costume, Britney Schultz, 22, of Cuyahoga Falls dangled a bag of chocolate-covered gold coins that read: “Money is not speech.”
Nearby, Carol Wagner, 53, of Akron, stood on the curb shouting into a megaphone that “corporations are not people; people are people” to passers-by at Main and Market streets in downtown Akron.
They were taking part in Friday’s “Occupy the Courts” protest, one day before the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that said corporations are persons.