FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2016
CONTACT: Eitan Fenson, eitan [at] scc-mta.org
INTERVIEWS: David Cobb, (707) 362-0333, david [at] movetoamend.org
SB 254 Initiative Headed to the Ballot -- Move to Amend to join in the campaign launch to pass it
SANTA CLARA COUNTY– San Jose, CA–MOVE TO AMEND of Santa Clara County will host a press conference at noon, Friday, June 10, 2016 in support of the passage of SB 254, permitting a Voter Instruction measure on the November ballot in California to get big corporate money out of politics and end corporate personhood. With the Governor’s action to let the bill become law today, voters in California will have the opportunity to vote in November on the corrupting influence both big money and corporate constitutional rights under the U.S. Constitution. The press conference will be held at noon on the steps of the old courthouse in San Jose in St. James Park, located at (address).
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. Move To amend Santa Clara County, seeking a 28th Amendment to the Constitution, will help local residents understand the history behind that decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people.
“Corporate Personhood” commonly refers to court-created precedent that gives corporations constitutional rights intended solely for human beings. “Corporate personhood is not an inconsequential legal technicality. The Supreme Court ruled that a corporation was a ‘legal person’ with 14th Amendment protections before they granted full personhood to African-Americans, immigrants, natives, or women”, states David Cobb, a spokesperson for national Move to Amend.
“We are inspired by historic social movements that recognized the necessity of altering fundamental power relationships,” said Cobb. “America has progressed through ordinary people joining together—from the Revolutionaries to Abolitionists, Suffragists, Trade Unionists, and Civil Rights activists through to today. Move to Amend is a long-term effort to make the U.S. Constitution more democratic.”
Eitan Fenson, of Move To Amend Santa Clara County, states that “Correcting the Supreme Court is imperative to our democracy. The lack of campaign finance reform and the ending of corporate constitutional rights stand in the way of progress in the United States, from helath care to immigration to labor to environmental reforms.”
Over 400,000 people have signed an online petition supporting a constitutional amendment at www.MoveToAmend.org.
For more information call 408-459-8549, or visit https://scc-mta.org.