Move to Amend Toledo

Date Established: 

October 2011

The local Move to Amend affiliate for Toledo, Ohio.

Toledo Move to Amend volunteers collected over 11,000 signatures in support of a citizens’ ballot initiative and our efforts paid off with a ballot issue for Toledo voters to support a constitutional amendment establishing that:  corporations do not have the constitutional rights of natural persons, and money is not speech.

As a result of ISSUE #1 PASSAGE (with 64% of the vote) in 2016, the City of Toledo has joined dozens of other communities in creating an ordinance for an ANNUAL DEMOCRACY DAY to be held in March of each year until passage of a constitutional amendment!

As much as Move to Amend seeks to upend the illegitimate legal concepts of corporate constitutional rights and money as speech, we know that to win an amendment will require a broad, deep, multi-racial, multi-ethnic anti-oppression social movement that dismantles exploitation based on race, gender, class, age or sexual orientation and is driven and led by impacted communities and ordinary people who are organizing in our own communities.

Our ongoing MISSION is the advancement  grassroots movement democracy and, through such  grassroots action, both the realization of our constitutional amendment goal, which may lead to  truly transparent and robust systems of participatory democracy!

Local organizing meetings are generally held the 3rd Thursday of each month at the main (downtown) branch of the Toledo Public Library, 325 N. Michigan Street, 6:30 PM in the Kelley Room.

To confirm monthly meetings and/or volunteer for the local Move to Amend affiliate, contact djambardsweet [at] gmail.com.

To donate to our local efforts, mail checks payable to "Toledo Move To Amend" to:

   Campaign Treasurer

Toledo Move to Amend

4640 288th Street, Toledo, Ohio 43611

You can also donate through PayPal using the button below.

 

For more information, contact:

Tony Szilagye
toledo [at] movetoamend.org
419-376-3660

Announcements

3rd ANNUAL DEMOCRACY DAY IN TOLEDO

March 13, 2019

Community members are looking forward with great anticipation to the 3rd annual “Democracy Day” scheduled for Wednesday March 13, 2019. This public forum was created through city ordinance as a result of citizen initiative and calls for an annual public hearing sponsored by the Mayor and City Council. As stated in TMC Chapter 111:

Press Coverage

Letter: First Amendment applies only to people

May 23, 2019

The May 6 op-ed “Government shouldn’t dictate views we’re allowed to hear” by Bradley Smith presented a false choice of what to trust — the proposed 28th Amendment or the First Amendment.

Move to Amend’s proposed We the People Amendment (House Joint Resolution 48) declares that “artificial entities such as corporations do not have constitutional rights” and that political election spending “is not free speech.”

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Bill to Challenge Supreme Court Decision on Election Spending

May 8, 2019

Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections.

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State Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) doesn't think corporations are people and money is free speech, as in the 2010 Citizens United decision. Antonio plans a bill that would force a court challenge to that, much like Republican lawmakers did when they passed the so-called Heartbeat Bill to take on the 1973 ruling on abortion in Roe v Wade.