Pueblo, CO Commissioners Call for Constitutional Amendment in Support of Move to Amend

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CONTACT: Leslie Cates, Renae Moreschini, Pam Parks – 719-252-9853
INTERVIEWS: David Cobb: (707) 362-0333, david [at] duhc.org

Pueblo, CO Commissioners Call for Constitutional Amendment in Support of Move to Amend

PUEBLO, CO – Pueblo Move To Amend is pleased to announce that our Pueblo County Commissioners today unanimously passed a resolution in favor of legislative actions ensuring corporations are not entitled to the entirety of protections or “rights” of human beings, specifically so that the expenditure of corporate money to influence the electoral process is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech, including an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“The courts have, little by little, awarded corporations increased rights based on precedents from legal cases which we believe should be unconstitutional.” said a spokesperson for Pueblo Move to Amend. “These “rights of personhood” were intended for the natural persons that comprise this great nation – human beings – not for legal constructs, which is what corporations are.”

“We are so very proud of our Pueblo County Commissioners for standing up for the people of Pueblo, and for standing proudly alongside Boulder, CO; Missoula, MT; and Los Angeles, CA as communities who respect the U.S. Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and the common sense of the American People in rejecting the twisted notion of corporate personhood - especially when it comes to election spending. I’d like to thank Commissioner Jeff Chostner for bringing this resolution to our Commissioners. Our Commissioners unanimously supported the resolution, as they, too, are concerned about the damaging and pervasive effect this ruling is having on our democracy.” said Leslie Cates, one of the founding members of Pueblo Move To Amend.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections. “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 Move to Amend and an attorney helping to lead the coalition.

Pueblo Move to Amend, the local group responsible for getting this resolution before the Pueblo County Commissioners, will be holding its first public educational event to promote awareness of this crucial issue: January 18th, 2012, from 6-8pm. It will be located at Pueblo’s main Public Library, on the corner of Union and Abriendo Ave., on the 4th floor in the Ryals Room.  For more information, call 719-252-9853. Anyone interested in learning more about this issue is welcome to attend.

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