We the People Rally at Berkeley City Hall

June 12, 2012

Join Berkeley Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson, the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Occupella and the people of Berkeley who do not believe that corporations are people nor that money is speech on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:15 PM in front of Berkeley City Hall (2180 Milvia Street) for a press conference and brief rally before the Council meeting.

Speakers include Berkeley Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (invited) and Commissioner Phoebe Sorgen. Music will be provided by Hali Hammer and Occupella.

This event is part of "Resolutions Week," a nationwide week of action in support of a constitutional amendment that will establish that only humans, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights, and that money is not speech. Berkeley has often been a trend setter. Many cities are following Berkeley's lead and joining the Move to Amend campaign.

After two small towns did so, Berkeley was the first city in the nation to adopt a Resolution opposing corporate personhood in 2004. Berkeley's City Council was also first to oppose Citizens United v Federal Election Commission which derailed campaign finance reform, resulting in the most exorbitant elections in history. Former Republican senator Warren Rudman wrote of that, "Supreme Court opinion notwithstanding, corporations are not defined as people under the Constitution, and free speech can hardly be called free when only the rich are heard." Chris Dodd, in the Senate at that time, pointed out that "money is not speech," that "corporations are not people" and that "a constitutional amendment is necessary to fully restore the trust and voice of the America people."

Berkeley Councilmember Max Andersen, from the home of the Free Speech Movement, asserts, "The struggle to retain our democratic and constitutional rights is being threatened by corporate and right-wing political interests as never before, and therefore requires of us a relentless effort in defense of these rights." Move to Amend member Phoebe Sorgen, who co-authored a Model Resolution to Free Democracy from Corporate Control that has also been adopted by other cities, agreed saying, "We may regain government of, by and for the 99% by building a massive resistance movement. Resolutions and ballot measures help by inspiring people to rise up as well as exerting public pressure. The time is ripe. Serfs up!"

Contact: David Batt, Esq.
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