Parma Move To Amend
by Stephanie Riccobene
Several citizens of Parma attended the first exploratory meeting of the prospective "Parma Move to Amend" on Monday, January 26, 2015. Those in attendance learned a great deal about the national, state and local Move to Amend organizations. The ultimate goal of the Move to Amend movement is to get Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that money is not speech. It is in this way that the Move to Amend movement hopes to end the practice of the wealthy few having inordinate influence and power over our elections and thus public policy.
Attendees learned that voters can ask their local City Council to pass a resolution to this effect, and/or that they can collect petition signatures to get the issue on the local ballot. They also learned that they could ask their City Council representatives to put the issue on the ballot for them so they do not have to do the work of collecting the requisite number of signatures of registered voters in their community. They learned that, as more and more communities pass such resolutions and ballot initiatives across the nation, the greater the likelihood Congress would respond to pressure to amend the U.S. Constitution in this way.
Finally, not only did attendees learn that six Ohio communities with populations greater than 30,000 passed resolutions, two passed partial resolutions, and six passed full ballot initiatives to amend the U.S. Constitution, but that the issue has a 100% passing rate in communities across the U.S. wherever it was placed on the ballot!
In view of the above, we invite our fellow Parma voters to attend the next meeting of our fledgling "Parma Move to Amend" on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parma branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 6996 Powers Boulevard, Parma, Ohio, Large Meeting Room A.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephanie Riccobene at riccobene726 [at] gmail.com<mailto:riccobene726 [at] gmail.com>