Tucson demonstrators participate in Occupy The Courts

January 20, 2012
Barbara Grijalva

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - The Occupy Movement turned its focus to the nation's highest court, gathering outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, Friday..

The event was being held near the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission.

The Occupy Movement in Tucson participated in the national demonstration.

Protesters gathered at the federal courthouse downtown.

The Citizens United case removed many limits on corporate and union spending in federal political campaigns, essentially ruling that corporations are people.

It led to the rise of Super PACS that can raise unlimited funds for federal campaigns.

There's now a movement, called "Move to Amend" that is aimed at amending the Constitution and overturn the Citizens United ruling.

Joyce Smith was among the Tucson protesters, affiliated with Occupy the Courts and Move to Amend.

"I'm part of a national movement that's building to amend the constitution--perhaps with a 28th amendment--saying that basically, corporations are not people. Money does not equal speech. Only natural born human beings are people or persons that have the constitutional guarantees," Smith says. 

She says, building up to the amendment, there is support for legislation that would force
Super PACS to reveal where their money is coming from.

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