Monthly Archives: July 2012

Reclaim government for the people

Alma Rutgers

Greenwich Time

July 27, 2012

Our Constitution derives its authority from we the people. And we the people are pushing back against Citizens United. We’re mounting a vigorous defense against this assault upon the cherished democratic principles enshrined in our Constitution.

Municipalities, states, counties and local groups nationwide are adopting resolutions calling for a 28th amendment to the Constitution. This people’s amendment would reverse the effects of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

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San Francisco and Eugene put constitutional amendment resolutions before voters this November

The city councils of San Francisco, CA and Eugene, OR have acted this week to put questions calling for a constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United before their respective voters on citywide ballots this November.

Both measures would call for an amendment making it clear that corporations do not have the constitutional rights of people.

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Senator Tom Udall provides testimony at US Senate hearing on Citizens United

Testimony of Senator Tom Udall
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Hearing on “Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding to Citizens United and the Rise of Super PACs”
July 24, 2012

Good afternoon Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the Subcommittee.

Thank you for holding this important hearing.

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Constitutional amendment required to undo Citizens United, Senate panel told

Warren Richey

Christian Science Monitor

July 24, 2012

It will take a constitutional amendment to reverse the flood of independent money inundating American elections in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee was told on Tuesday.

New laws alone will not be enough to counter the impact of the 2010 high court decision establishing that corporations have a First Amendment right to make independent political expenditures during election season, witnesses told the panel.

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Anti-Citizen United policies proliferate across the country

Laura Lundquist

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

July 22, 2012 

National support is growing for policies and bills that oppose personhood for corporations, especially in elections.

Last week, the Montana Secretary of State announced the November ballot would include I-166, an initiative to make a state policy saying corporations should not receive individual rights. 

Public support for such initiatives is high.

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More Fallout From Citizens United: Corporations Granted More Power to Propagandize to Americans

Steve Rosenfeld discusses with Tamara Piety, author of Brandishing the First Amendment: Commercial Expression in America, what may be next if corporations have constitutional rights: almost no way to ensure truth in advertising.

Here’s an excerpt from the article featured on AlterNet: 

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