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Sign Petition ref: PDX Resolution on Corporate Personhood
Submitted by DavidDelk on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 13:38
Mayor Sam Adams will present to the city council a resolution dealing with corporte personhood and making clear that money is not speech. While the resolution is pretty good, changes need to be made to it to remove the references to the constitutional amendments which have been proposed by Sen. Merkley as well as Rep. Schrader.
Please sign the petition addressed to Mayor Adams and the Commissioners at http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-portland-to-congress-we-the-peop...
The petition text reads:
Support and Strengthen the City resolution to End Corporate Personhood
Dear Mayor Adams and City Commissioners:
Thank you for your leadership in proposing a resolution supporting a federal constitutional amendment making clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech. This resolution is a huge step in the right direction to ensuring We the People regain control of our democracy.
Please include language in the resolution making clear that corporations are not entitled to ANY constitutional rights and remove references to the amendments proposed by Senator Merkley and Representatives Schrader, Blumenauer, and Defazio as they deal only with the regulation of money in politics and not the issue of corporate personhood.
The City should support a constitutional amendment that explicitly addresses the issue of corporate personhood AND regulation of campaign donations and expenditures.
In addition to passing a strong resolution, the City Council should refer this issue to the voters so that we can make our voices heard. This is the language that should be included on the ballot:
RESOLVED, the People of the City of Portland, Oregon call for amending the United States Constitution to establish that:
1. Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights, and
2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech