Daily Archives: February 11, 2013

Making Money & Politics an Issue of Faith: a how-to memo from Auburn Seminary and Free Speech For People

In the fall of 2012, we worked with our friends at Auburn Seminary to help engage religious leaders in the campaign to overturn Citizens United with a constitutional amendment.

We also worked with Isaac Luria of Auburn Seminary and Alexia Salvatierra of Faith Rooted Organizing to produce the memo below, summarizing our shared findings from this project.

A downloadable PDF is available here. The full text is pasted below.

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Free Speech For People Delivers Testimony in Senate Committee Hearing for Washington State Resolution

Last week, we joined with a coalition of Washington State groups to deliver testimony at a state Senate Governmental Operations Committee hearing on SJM 8002, a joint memorial that would call on Congress to get big money out of politics. Supporters of the resolution filled the hearing room and represented cities and towns from across Washington State. 

Free Speech For People staff, Arielle Davis and Oske Buckley, provided testimony, which may be viewed, below. 

 

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Representatives Nolan and Pocan Introduce ‘We the People’ Amendment

 On Monday, February 11, Move to Amend announced the introduction in Congress of the ‘We the People’ amendment by Representative Rick Nolan and Representative Mark Pocan. The amendment states: 

"Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to government-created artificial legal entities such as corporations and limited liability companies; and  

Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment."

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