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Move To Regulate Corporate Personhood Advances, How to get Involved

The nationwide “Occupy” movement has helped sharpen American’s focus on the  corporate crime syndicate that has taken over our government. While we have been distracted by the war on terror for the past decade an even more deadly force has attacked the American people. A cabal of investment bankers have fleeced, then bailed themselves out with our tax dollars and now are telling us there’s no money left for things like education, health care and a better life for all.

People are waking up and while they can break up encampments and haul people off to jail that will not stop the anger that is fueling these protests. One of the key demands or goals of the occupiers is the repeal of a series of Supreme Court  rulings which given corporations expanded rights. And now across the nation and in the halls of Congress we are starting to see action on this issue.

Our first story comes from the Huffington Post and concerns a constitutional amendment introduced in the Senate by Democrats this week.

Citizens United Going Down? Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Ruling

by Haley Miller

“The amendment, introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), doesn’t directly address the justices’ legal finding that corporations have a right to free speech that was curtailed by election law. Instead, it would add to the Constitution language that says Congress and the states can regulate campaign contributions and expenditures.

The amendment would effectively reverse two landmark Supreme Court decisions — the 1976 ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, which said spending money in elections is a form of speech, and the 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled it unconstitutional to regulate the money spent to influence elections by corporations and unions.

The Citizens United ruling has unleashed a flood of cash from corporations and super PACs, which can spend as much as they want and do so nearly in secret.

“Letting this go unchecked is a threat to our democracy. Campaigns should be about the best ideas, not the biggest checkbooks,” Udall said at the press conference.”

To read this entire post click here.

If you are interested in becoming involved with this issue there is a nationwide group called “Move To Amend” and here is what they are about.

End Corporate Rule Legalize Democracy, Move To Amend

“On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.

* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments.

The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend.”

To find out more about this organizationand /or join click here.

And here we have an interview w/ author and activist Jim Hightower on various initiatives under way to fight corporate personhood.

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