From Los Angeles to New York City, from Montana to Vermont, from city councils to state supreme courts, from state legislatures to occupations, people are standing up and saying, "No! Corporations are not people. No! Unlimited, anonymous money to purchase our elections is not the same as free speech."
The grassroots coalition Move to Amend is at the forefront of this nationally coordinated campaign to help local groups advance ballot initiatives and resolutions rejecting the 2010 Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited special interest money manipulating elections and dictating policy.
To mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision, we are calling on citizens, activists, organizations and lawmakers to Occupy the Courts on Friday, January 20, 2012. Americans are gathering at over 80 federal courts, including the Supreme Court, to proclaim these truths: 1) Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to artificial legal entities such as corporations, Super PACs, or labor unions; and 2) Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.
These nationwide protests in front of U.S. federal courts will kick off petition drives in local communities to put resolutions on the ballot calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood.
Here are some actions you can take:
Join Occupy the Courts by signing up here.
Look for an event near you by clicking here.
Organize locally! Check out the toolkit and sign up here for an organizing webinar.
The next webinar is on Tuesday, January 10th.
Learn more about this initiative by listening to our Town Hall with Move to Amend on December 28th hosted by Egberto Willies on Coffee Party Radio.
- Listen or call in to today's Coffee Party Radio show, also hosted by Egberto at 1 PM ET Saturday, Jan 7th. Click here to listen on-line. Or call: (646) 929-2495
Speakers at the action at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on January 20th will include: progressive radio talk show host Thom Hartmann; founder of the Coffee Party, Annabel Park; and Move To Amend national spokesman (and 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate) David Cobb. Dr. Cornel West will be speaking at the action in Gainesville, FL.