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Occupy The Courts: January 20, 2012

occupy-the-courts“Corporations are not people; Money is not speech.”

Join the movement to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are entitled to constitutional rights which previously belonged only to human beings. Giving corporations first amendment rights allows them to dominate the political process by spending unlimited funds without disclosure in support of their own agendas and candidates.

As Senator Chuck Schumer of NY said, “We are not going to let this decision to go unchallenged…At a time when Americans are worried about special interests having too much influence, this decision opens up the floodgates and allows special interest money to overflow elections and undermine our democracy.”

Our constitution was painstakingly crafted to uphold our rights as individuals and to protect our freedoms. We are in danger of losing those freedoms and rights by allowing corporate behemoths to trample over us.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has introduced a constitutional amendment called the Saving American Democracy bill to overturn the Citizens United ruling. According to Senator Sanders, this amendment states that:

  • • Corporations do not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.
  • • The people have the right to regulate corporations.
  • • Corporations are prohibited from making campaign contributions.
  • • Congress and states shall have the power to set reasonable limits on election spending.

You can visit Senator Sanders website to sign the petition and for more information on the amendment.

Occupy the Courts will take place this Friday, January 20, in front of courthouses across the country, as Americans stand together to safeguard our rights. Visit Move To Amend for more information and to find a location near you.

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