The national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Demand Democracy.
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We did it!
Yesterday the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support Move to Amend’s resolution
calling 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. The vote makes Los
Angeles the first major city in the U.S. to call for an end to all corporate constitutional rights!
In a press conference after the vote, Council President Eric Garcettistated:
“I want to thank Move to Amend and this entire coalition that has come together… 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. 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.”
Click here to watch the press conference video!
Our goal is for 50 towns and cities to put Move to Amend’s resolution on the ballot for the
Presidential election in November, 2012. Let’s use this great victory in LA to keep the momentum going in
the months ahead as more communities step up to take a stand. Let us know if you want to work with us to put
a resolution on the ballot in your community.
Congratulations to Mary Beth Fielder, Daniel Lee and the rest of the fabulous team at Los Angeles Move
Onward for democracy!
Ben Manski, David Cobb, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Lisa Graves,
and Nancy Price
Move to Amend Executive Committee