Lakewood, Ohio Move to Amend activists received good news this week from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. They learned that 78% of their submitted signatures on their citizen initiative were valid – thereby qualifying the petition for consideration by Lakewood City Council.
The Lakewood citizen initiative calls for the creation of an annual “Democracy Day” – a city-sponsored public hearing where residents can testify on the impact of political money from wealthy individuals and all artificial legal entities (corporations, unions, Super PACs, etc.). The initiative also stipulates that the City inform federal and state elected officials that Lakewood residents support amending the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
The initiative will now be taken up in September by City Council. Their City Charter stipulates up to 3 public meetings – where citizens can testify to widen and deepen the awareness of the issues. There is an outside possibility that the measure might be placed on next year's ballot.
Congratulations to Lakewood Move to Amend activists!