Attached are the prepared remarks presented by members of the public at
the Cleveland Heights Democracy Day on January 25 before Cleveland Heights
The small turnout at the second Democracy Day event on Feb. 9 might indicate that the 1,807 Defiance citizens who passed the ballot measure by 67 percent in 2013 were ill-advised or did not understand the issue. I believe they understood it perfectly. Currently in the state of Ohio 10 ballot initiatives have been passed in Ohio communities, including Toledo’s passage by 64 percent in 2016.
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 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.”