FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2012
CONTACT: Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Field Organizing Director, info [at] movetoamend.org, (707) 269-0984
WEDNESDAY – Next week the Move to Amend coalition and allies are holding organizing parties in communities across the nation to kick off their campaign to pass municipal resolutions calling for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and doctrine of corporate personhood. The goal of the “Resolutions Week” effort is to spur 100 new cities and towns to pass municipal resolutions the week of June 10.
With 5,000 activists already signed up to participate in Resolutions Week, a great amount of energy will be mobilized to end corporate rule in America. ”Our strategy is to build this movement at the local level. Americans are tired of wealthy corporate influence in the political process,” stated Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend's National Field Organizing Director. “Community resolutions put state and federal representatives on notice that their constituents want to see them champion a constitutional amendment.”
The Move to Amend coalition has already seen a great deal of success using the municipal resolutions strategy. Los Angeles is the largest city to date to pass a resolution through their city council, and resolutions have passed in dozens of other cities including Duluth, MN, Albany, NY, Asheville, NC and most recently in Key West, FL last week. Residents of Vermont recently approved resolutions in over 60 towns through the town meeting process.
Move to Amend volunteers are also taking the measure directly to the voters of their towns. In Madison, WI, Boulder, CO, and Missoula, MT local Move to Amend groups were able to pass resolutions through voter initiatives last November. In all communities the resolutions passed with support of 75% by voters.
Communities with initiatives underway this year include Salt Lake City, UT, and Mendocino and Lake Counties in California. The city of West Allis, WI already qualified their measure for the ballot and residents will vote next month. Several additional communities are expected to ask their city councils to refer initiatives to the ballot as part of the Resolutions Week effort.
Currently, polling indicates that almost 80% of Americans are in favor of overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, with a majority supporting an amendment to establish that corporations are not entitled to Constitutional rights.
Partners in the Resolutions Week effort include Public Citizen, People For the American Way, Corporate Accountability International, the Communications Workers of America, U.S. PIRG, Main Street Alliance, and others.
Move to Amend, which has experienced exponential growth in recent months, is a national grassroots coalition seeking to pass a constitutional amendment that states that Constitutional rights belong to human beings only, not to artificial legal entities such as corporations or labor unions; and that money is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.
For a list of cities that have passed resolutions or that have campaigns in progress see: http://movetoamend.org/resolutions-map