Hundreds of Citizens Pack Council Chambers, Council Votes
Unanimously to Support the “Move to Amend”
Los Angeles, CA – December 6, 2011 – Los Angeles today became the first major U.S. city to vote against corporate personhood and further call for a Constitutional Amendment asserting that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not free speech. The unanimous vote was witnessed in Council chambers packed by a standing room only crowd of hundreds of people as well as a overflow room filled to capacity by enthusiastic supporters. The resolution was sponsored by City Council President Eric Garcetti and seconded by Council Members Bill Rosendahl and Paul Krekorian with passionate support by Council Members Richard Alarcon,and Paul Koretz. The action is in response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which gives corporations the same 1st Amendment protections as people and allows them to spend unlimited funds on campaign finance.
Said Mary Beth Fielder, Move To Amend- LA founder, who spearheaded the effort to bring the resolution to the LA City Council. “It’s a great day for Los Angeles and it’s a great day for the United States of America. I hope this is the vote heard around the world and that it will inspire other who want to reclaim our democracy to begin organizing in their communities. Together we can build the grassroots support we need to actually amend our constitution.”
“Every struggle to amend the constitution began as just a group of regular Americans who wanted to end slavery, who thought women should vote, who believed that if you’re old enough to be drafted, you should be old enough to vote,” said Council President Eric Garcetti. “These are how American amendments move forward from the grassroots when Americans say enough is enough. We’re very proud to come together and send a message but more than that, this becomes the official position of the City of Los Angeles, we will officially lobby for this. I also chair a group which oversees all the Democratic mayors and council members in the country and we’re going to share this with all our 3,000 members and we hope to see this start here in the west and sweep the nation until one day we do have a constitutional amendment which will return the power to the people. ”
“What we saw in that chamber today was the beginning of a sea change in the way people think about politics in America and I hope that this will be the first day of a long and sustained movement that changes the way we represent ourselves and the way we demand the kind of government that we deserve,” said Council Member Paul Krekorian.
“I could not believe the coalition of energy that filled the council chambers today,” said Council Member Bill Rosendahl. “It made a huge difference. It was democracy at its best! ”
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LOS ANGELES POISED TO BE THE FIRST MAJOR
U.S. CITY TO CALL FOR AN END TO CORPORATE PERSONHOOD
Grassroots Momentum Builds Toward Passage of Vote on December 6th
Los Angeles, CA – Nov. 30, 2011 — The Los Angeles City Council will vote on a resolution, which 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. The vote will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3224. Citizens are urged to attend the meeting and to contact their City Council member in support of this initiative at (http://movetoamendla.org/). A full draft of the resolution is available on the website.
“Our goal is to have a unanimous vote by the L.A. City Council,” said Mary Beth Fielder, head of Move To Amend LA, the grassroots organization spearheading this effort. “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. This resolution paves the way to return power to citizens on a national scale, back their power to limit corporate campaign contributions, pass other laws that protect our communities and overturn the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
Move to Amend L.A. is endorsed by a growing list of organizations including Common Cause, Occupy LA, LA County Federation of Labor, Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Environmental Caucus of the CA Democratic Party, Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, MoveOn LA, Progressive Democrats, Multiple Neighborhood Councils, Democracy for America, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, LA Green Machine and California Clean Money Campaign.
To hear Move To Amend LA’s Mary Beth Fielder on KPFK Connect The Dots, go to:
Tune in: Mary Beth Fielder appears on The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC on Monday, December 5th at 1 PM PST – 4 PM EST.