There ain't nothing like a meme...! Grassroots efforts to end corporate personhood | Wis.Community

There ain't nothing like a meme...! Grassroots efforts to end corporate personhood

This is what democracy looks like:

Following the examples set by Madison, Dane County and 30 other cities and counties around the country, the city of Boulder, Colorado will vote on a referendum to calling for an amendment to the US Constitution declaring that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Boulder’s move came after months of grassroots organizing by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to abolish corporate personhood.

Earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney angered attendees at the [img_assist|nid=64648|title=Old Glory, Inc.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=180|height=144]Iowa State Fair by declaring that “corporations are people.” He was referring to the narrow decision by the US Supreme Court in the Citizens United case in which activist conservative justices declared that that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited because of First Amendment free speech rights.

The ruling essentially means corporations have the free speech rights of individual citizens and can spend freely on political campaigns. The court struck down a provision of the McCain–Feingold Act that prohibited all corporations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and labor unions from broadcasting “electioneering communications.”

The Madison and Dane County referenda passed overwhelmingly.

Resolutions also have been introduced in the state legislatures of Vermont, Washington, Montana and New Mexico. On Monday, the city of Missoula, Montana will consider placing a similar resoution on its November ballot.

This is a huge movement, happening behind the scenes, but it has the potential to change the American political landscape to a far greater and longer lasting degree than the Wisconsin recall elections. It's a grassroots movement and it's gaining major steam. It's a great example of how average citizens working together locally can make change happen on their terms and at their own speed.

What's your community done about this? Think you could start up a drive to get a referendum question on your local ballot? Start at the MoveToAmend.org web site, where you can sign a national petition and learn how to get involved.

Published

August 17, 2011 - 7:36pm

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