Free Speech For People supports the People’s Rights Amendment, introduced in the 113th Congress, which includes a Senate amendment bill S.J. Res.18 (113th Congress) and an accompanying House amendment bill H.J.Res.23 (114th Congress) re-introduced in the 114th Congress. The People’s Rights Amendment overturns the fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights and restores the promise of American self-government: of, by, and for the people.
S.J.Res. 18, introduced in the 113th Congress by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), and H.J.Res. 23, introduced in the 114th Congress by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), also known as the People’s Rights Amendment, make it clear that corporations do not have constitutional rights, as if they were people. The text of these bills is below.
S.J.RES.18 (113th Congress) & H.J.RES.23 (114th Congress)
JOINT RESOLUTION —
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to clarify the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein),That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:
SECTION 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural persons.
SECTION 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution do not include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected State and Federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the States under this Constitution.
SECTION 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are unalienable.
- Read the text of S.J. Res. 18, 113th Congress (The People’s Rights Amendment)
- Read the text of H.J. Res. 23, 114th Congress, (The People’s Rights Amendment)
- Sign on to our campaign in support of both amendments
- Read our letter of support endorsing Senator Udall’s amendment bill
- Read our letter of support endorsing Senator Tester’s amendment bill
- Watch Congressman McGovern introduce constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United
- Watch Senator Tester introduce constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United