Monsanto Corporation Claims Corporate Personhood Trumps Vermonters’ Right to Require Labeling

March 17, 2015

In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law H.112 (Act 120), a mandatory GMO-labeling bill, despite well-known opposition from trans-national food corporations. When the law takes effect on July 1, 2016, it will open the pathway for other states to begin enacting their own GMO labeling laws. But corporate Agribusiness companies have sued Vermont, claiming that the law violates their First Amendment right not to speak.

Vermont Senate Resolves to Abolish “Corporate Personhood”

April 13, 2012

Vermont is poised to become the first state to call for an amendment to abolish the doctrine known as “Corporate Personhood” which gives corporations constitutional rights meant to protect people.

Hawaii and New Mexico have passed resolutions against the Citizens United v. FEC ruling by the Supreme Court, but the Vermont resolution goes beyond simply overturning that case and aims to remove corporations from the constitution altogether and make clear that money is not speech and that campaign spending and political contributions can be regulated by the government.

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What’s next for abolish corporate personhood movement in Vermont?

March 13, 2012

David Cobb, spokesperson for the national initiative – Move to Amend – promoting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate “personhood” visits Vermont this week.

Cobb is a lawyer and national projects director for Democracy Unlimited.

His two-stop tour in Vermont comes after 60 Vermont communities adopted resolutions at Town Meeting calling on Congress to adopt a 28th amendment to U.S. Constitution making clear that “corporations are not people” and “money is not speech.”

Vermont Pushes Against Citizens United

March 8, 2012

Vermonters pushed for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United during this week’s Super Tuesday vote.

The 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allows corporations to spend unlimited amount of money to influence elections.

Dozens of towns and cities took on this issue of money in politics. They passed initiatives and resolutions on town meeting agendas that called on the Vermont delegation in Congress to support an amendment making clear that corporations are not people under the Constitution.