After three months of dedicated effort, Move to Amend volunteers in Mendocino County have gathered enough signatures to get a Citizen’s Advisory initiative qualified for the November ballot. The effort is part of the national Move to Amend campaign to amend the US Constitution to curb corporate political power. The movement has rapidly gained momentum following the 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited money to influence elections.
The ballot initiative states:
The People of Mendocino County, California, stand with the Move to Amend campaign and communities across the country to defend democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate power by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:
1. Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights, and
2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
The People of Mendocino County, California hereby direct our state and federal representatives to enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.
On Monday, June 11, at 11am, volunteers from the countywide coalition of Move to Amend – Ukiah, and Move to Amend – Ft. Bragg, will submit to the Registrar of Voters a stack of petitions from concerned Mendocino County voters who want to see the ADVISORY MEASURE TO END CORPORATE RULE AND DEFEND DEMOCRACY on the ballot.
"Constitutional amendments are not made at the county level, but, if passed by the voters in November, the Citizens Advisory will send a grassroots message to our elected representatives that we want to end corporate control of our government," according to the group. To be placed on the November ballot, the measure needs 3250 signatures of registered voters and approximately 5000 have been collected.
"If an amendment is enacted, corporations will still have the privileges needed to do business as granted in their charters, but those privileges would be determined through Federal, State, or local law, and not be construed to be inherent or inalienable."
For more information, go to: www.movetomend.org/ca-ukiah for more about the local effort