Friday, December 2, 2011

Los Angeles. Poised?!

Once again I am proud of the city of my birth! We gave the world lakes pipes and desert sleds, and now something actually important.

War Is A

Next week the Los Angeles City Council will vote on a resolution that calls on Congress to amend the Constitution to clearly establish that only living persons -- not corporations -- are endowed with constitutional rights and that money is not the same as free speech. If this resolution is passed, Los Angeles will be the first major city in the U.S. to call for an end to all corporate constitutional rights.

Earlier this year voters in Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin overwhelmingly approved ballot measures calling for an end to corporate personhood and the legal status of money as speech by 84% and 78% respectively. In November voters in Boulder, Colorado and Missoula, Montana both passed similar initiatives with 75% support.

“We are experiencing overwhelming support for what may be a historic turning point in restoring a voice to the voters and setting an example for the rest of the country," stated Mary Beth Fielder, Coordinator of Move To Amend LA. "This action would provide the basis for overturning the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”

Move to Amend’s strategy is to pass community resolutions across the nation through city councils and through direct vote by ballot initiative. “Our plan is build a movement that will drive this issue into Congress from the grassroots. The American people are behind us on this and these campaigns help our federal representatives see that we mean business. Our very democracy is at stake,” stated Sopoci-Belknap.

No shit. How about "Occupy SCOTUS"?

1 comment:

carpet cleaning company los angeles said...

It might not need a constitutional amendment. The ruling that corporations are entitled to free speech protections of a person, is based upon the 'legal fiction' that corporations are persons. I think that the legal fiction can be 'corrected' statutorily. The fiction was created to allow corporations, as entities, to be sued and to sue. Legislation to allow that and to redefine corporations as non-person entities would knock out the underpinning upon which the 'Citizens United' relied to allow them free speech protection of a person.