On December 6th at 10am the Los Angeles City Council will be considering a resolution to call for a constitutional amendment calling for an end to corporate constitutional rights. When the resolution was in the intergovernmental committee before Councilman Richard Alarcon we had over a hundred concerned Los Angeles area citizens give impassioned testimony about corporate overreach and the need to repeal corporate constitutional rights. When the resolution goes before the full committee we’d like to double, triple or even quadruple the number of concerned articulate citizens from all walks of life to make a public comment. If you’d like to get involved please email us at:

On Saturday November 12th 2011 Move to Amend Los Angeles took part in the RED MEETS BLUE rally for Occupy Long Beach in conjunction with Occupy Los Angeles and Occupy Orange County.

On November 6, 2011 Mary Beth Fielder from Move to Amend LA spoke on a panel on Corporatocracy at Occupy Los Angeles. Other speakers that weekend included Robert Reich and Robert Sheer.

On November 19th Move to Amend LA held a teach in at Occupy Los Angeles tracing the history of Corporate Personhood through landmark supreme court cases, the negative effect this doctrine has had on the quality of our democracy in the United States, and the steps that groups and concerned citizens are taking to wrest control of our democracy from the corporations and the 1%.

On January 20th 2012 in conjunction with the Move to Amend national organization, Common Cause, People for the American Way, Free Speech for the People, Alliance for Democracy, Liberty tree and others Move to Amend Los Angeles will be taking steps to Occupy the Courts in a one day action marking the 2nd year anniversary of the horrible Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC: Facebook Event

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  1. Pete Thottam says:

    Peter Thottam –
    6230 Wilshire Blvd, #2000
    Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Dec. 3, 2011

    Attn: Honorable Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Councilman Herb Wesson and other L.A. City Council members

    Los Angeles City Hall
    200 North Spring Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    RE: Resolution 11-0002-S123
    (Corporate Activities in Electoral Processes)

    Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. It concerns a matter of great urgency for residents of Los Angeles and the country as a whole.

    As a former corporate securities attorney (I was a corporate associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP & O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1999-2002) and as a former Goldman Sachs analyst, I am deeply aware of the unprecedented abuses of corporate law & business practices over the last decade, particularly since 1998. As I am sure each of you is aware — despite the best efforts of legislators and of Sarbanes-Oxley’s legislative calls for increased transparenc — the fundamental underpinnings of America’s corporate personhood doctrine have created insurmountable obstacles and mufflings of the voices of Americans throughout the country.

    I write to each of you on behalf of Occupy the Rose Parade in full support of this week’s coming December 6th Los Angeles City Council Resolution on Corporate Activities in Electoral Processes (Resolution 11-0002-S123) which calls for a Constitutional Amendment and other legislative actions to establish that only living human beings, not corporations, are endowed with Constitutional rights and that money is not the same as free speech.

    This pernicious doctrine of “corporate personhood” has meant that the rights originally meant to protect American citizens from the potentially oppressive powers of our government now belong as well to the corporation, an artificial entity.

    Corporations claim these constitutional rights in Federal court to overturn, weaken, or get around laws designed to protect the environment, worker safety, public health and a myriad of other laws including campaign finance laws, of which the Supreme Court decision in “Citizen’s United v. FEC” is the most recent and egregious example.

    In a democracy, the authority of the government is derived from its citizens. The citizens rule. If we wish to limit corporate campaign contributions or pass other laws that protect our communities, it is our right to do so.

    A recent poll by ABC News/ Washington Post reveals that over 80% of the American public already oppose the idea of “corporate personhood’ and that this opposition cuts across the political spectrum.

    I urge the City of Los Angeles to lead the charge this coming Tuesday, December 6 for democratic rights and I ask for your “Aye” vote to this vitally important resolution.


    Peter L. Thottam
    Attorney-at-Law / JD MBA
    2010 Elected Venice Neighborhood Council officer (write-in candidate) & 1 year Chair of the VNC Education Committee

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