Los Angeles City Council Calls for Constitutional Amendment to End Corporate Personhood

Hundreds of Citizens Pack Council Chambers, Council Votes Unanimously to Support the “Move to Amend”

LOS ANGELES, CA – After forty-five minutes of public testimony urging a yes vote, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling 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. The vote makes Los Angeles the first major city in the U.S. to call for an end to all corporate constitutional rights.

The campaign in Los Angeles is the latest grassroots effort by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to abolish corporate personhood. “Local resolution campaigns are an opportunity for citizens to speak up and let it be known that we won’t accept the corporate takeover of our government,” said Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, a national spokesperson for Move to Amend. “We urge communities across the country to join the Move to Amend campaign and raise your voices.”

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.

?”Move to Amend’s proposed amendment would provide the basis for overturning the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,” stated Mary Beth Fielder, Co-Coordinator of LA Move to Amend. “The Supreme Court has no legitimate right to grant people’s rights to corporations. We must clearly establish that it is we, The People, who are meant to rule.”

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. “Our goal is for 50 towns and cities to put Move to Amend’s resolution on the ballot for the Presidential election in November, 2012.”

Move to Amend is calling for a national day of action on January 20, 2012 to protest the second anniversary of the Citizens United ruling. Occupy the Courts will be a one-day occupation of Federal courthouses across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The group is collaborating with several Occupy sites and several other organizations to orchestrate national actions across the United States on January 20 and 21.

For a complete list of all resolutions passed to date see: http://movetoamend.org/resolutions-map. Read Move to Amend’s proposed amendment here: http://movetoamend.org/amendment.

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One Response to Los Angeles City Council Calls for Constitutional Amendment to End Corporate Personhood

  1. Brion Levitsky says:

    This a critical component of the 99/occupy movement and speaks directly to Wall St/Big corporate control of our senators and congressmen whereby our government is no longer of the people by the people for the people but instead all about legislation that favors the wealthy and tax policies for corporations and the rich who have emaciated the middle class by shipping 5 million manufacturing and tech jobs to China (where their currency is artificially depressed) and India. Our country has been sold out. If and when the middle class completely collapses, then it will drag the rich down with it. This whole madness is insanity at it’s worst, it must be stopped. Huge congratulations to the city of L.A. for stepping up and setting the example. Hopefully this movement will spread like wildfire around this nation to stop the plague that has befallen all Americans (some whether they know it or not.) whereby we worship the almighty dollar like the “golden calf”.

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