Citizens Take Aim at Municipal Governments to Support Constitutional Amendment

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Field Organizing Director, 707-269-0984, info [at] movetoamend.org

Hundreds of Communities Across the Nation Support Movement to Amend

From Kansas City, Missouri, and Tucson, Arizona to Irvine, California and Saint Paul, Minnesota citizens throughout the country are rallying during “Resolutions Week” to show support for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and declare that only human beings – not corporations – are entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.

Resolutions Week, which started June 11, is part of a growing movement to rid elections of corporate cash by overturning the court’s decision, which gave corporations the power to spend unlimited sums to influence elections. 

“Since the passage of Citizens United, Americans have risen up to make abundantly clear that only human beings should have Constitutional rights and that elections should not go to the highest bidder,” stated Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap of Move to Amend. “Resolutions Week is an opportunity to highlight those grassroots successes and further galvanize the call for a constitutional amendment.”

Already more than 200 local governments have passed resolutions supporting the movement to amend. Several municipalities have also passed resolutions through the citizen’s initiative process, including Madison, Wisconsin; Boulder, Colorado; Missoula, Montana; Dane County, Wisconsin, and West Allis, Wisconsin. Several more communities are working to place similar measures on the ballot including Lake and Mendocino Counties in California; Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Corvallis, Oregon. 

The state legislature in Vermont has also called for Congress to send a resolution to the states stating that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Since the Resolutions Week effort launched in late March, resolutions have been passed at a rate of approximately one a day or more.

Move to Amend is a national coalition of hundreds of organizations and over 200,000 people. The organization also boasts over 100 local affiliates across the country, many of which are running resolution campaigns in their communities.

For a listing of all the resolutions see: www.MoveToAmend.org/resolutions-map. For more information about Resolutions Week, visit www.ResolutionsWeek.org.

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Move to Amend and its partners in the Resolutions Week initiative are providing information to activists about how to approach local council members, how to get people involved and how to publicize their efforts. Additional organizational partners in this initiative include Public Citizen, People For the American Way, Corporate Accountability International, Main Street Alliance, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Alliance for Democracy, Bullfrog Films, California Church Impact, the Coffee Party, Communication Workers of America, Democracy Unlimited, Get the Dough Out, Story of Stuff and U.S. PIRG. The initiative is also supported by the congressional offices of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). 

 

 

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