On Friday, January 20th 2012 activists from across the country will take part in Occupy The Courts, a nationwide protest held in front of U.S. federal courts to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision. Actions are planned in over 80 cities including on in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
The actions are part of a much larger movement to reclaim our democracy from the overwhelmingly corrupt influence of corporate campaign spending. The Move To Amend coalition is a broad-based grassroots coalition at the front of this movement and is working to grow grassroots support for a constitutional amendment to address the two greatest harms from the Citizens United decision. The constitutional amendment would make it clear that rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only and not to artificial legal entities such as corporations or labor unions and that political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.
Coinciding with the January 20th Occupy The Courts actions, Move To Amend will kick off a petition drive in at least 50 communities to put resolutions on the ballot calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood. Several cities including Los Angeles, CA; Albany, NY; Madison, WI; Boulder, CO; and Missoula, MT have already passed such resolutions.
If you would like to get involved and for more information how you can help support the movement to overturn Citizens United, go to www.united4thepeople.org. There’s no way we can effectively solve the economic and environmental challenges facing this country if corporate interests continue to be the only interests represented in Washington. It’s time to take our democracy back.
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