Move to Amend Cleveland

Date Established: 

December 2011

The local Move to Amend affiliate for Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Move to Amend volunteers are currently collecting signatures to support of a citizens' ballot initiative for Cleveland voters to support a constitutional amendment establishing that:

* Money is not speech

* Corporations do not have the constitutional rights of natural persons

Our goal is at least 7,500 signatures by July 5th to get on the November ballot!

We have already collected over 6,000 already but we need your help!

 

Voting yes on this ballot issue will also create an annual public forum hosted by the City for public discussion of money in politics and corporate rule over our democracy.
If we succeed, this will be a significant step forward since Cleveland would become the largest city in Ohio to call for an end to all corporate constitutional rights!

For this campaign to successfully reach likely voters, we need volunteer support!

To volunteer for the campaign, contact cleveland [at] movetoamend.org (subject: I%20want%20a%20petition!)

 

Helpful info (right click "save target as" to save):

Locations to petition around Cleveland! (updated 6/8)

Bookmark handout with info and full ballot language

Full handout explaining Cleveland MTA

Info on other successful MTA initiatives in Ohio!

Follow us on Twitter @MoveToAmendCLE

 

 

Announcements

Press Coverage

Cleveland initiative opposing Citizens United should have gone to city voters

March 5, 2017

CLEVELAND -- At its last meeting of 2016, Cleveland City Council passed Ordinance No. 1015-16, created by initiative petition, establishing a "Democracy Day" and "providing that the people of the City of Cleveland support the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and also providing for biennial public hearings on these topics," the first to be held in the second week of May 2017.

Corporate personhood and Ohio

March 2, 2017

Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that corporate entities are “persons,” entitled to the constitutional rights originally intended solely for human beings. On Jan. 25, Cleveland Heights held its fourth annual Democracy Day public hearing, created by the 2013 ballot initiative that called for a U.S. constitutional amendment stating, “Corporations are not people and money is not speech.”

Democracy Day in Mentor and elsewhere probes corporate political gifts

February 7, 2017

MENTOR, Ohio -- Eleven local cities hold Democracy Days to explore the clout of corporate cash in politics.

The cities hold hearings for residents to testify about the influence of corporate donations since the 2010 Citizens United case when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to wipe out the McCain-Feingold restrictions on campaign donations.