Friday, January 21, 2011

You're a person. Toyota isn't

Corporations aren't people. We all know that. But in last year's Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as you and me. And in the last election, we saw what this corporate takeover of our democracy looks like.
We must take our democracy back. So starting today, on the one-year anniversary of Citizens United, we're asking every state legislator in the country to support the most direct remedy we have left to correct the Supreme Court's awful decision: a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not people.
Can you sign the petition to your state legislators asking them to support a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United?
Because state legislators aren't used to getting many online petitions, your signature and comments are likely to make a real impression.

Amending the Constitution is admittedly no easy task. It will be a strenuous, long-term endeavor but ultimately it is the only way to reverse the damage of the Citizens United decision.

We've amended our Constitution before in moments when we needed to make fundamental changes to how our country works. Right now is one of those moments. It isn't ultimately about who's benefiting, Democrats or Republicans, it's about the fact that giving corporations the full First Amendment rights of people is threatening the integrity of our democratic process.

An amendment has been introduced in Congress and, because any amendment requires ratification by 3/4th of the states, one of the best ways to build support is for state legislatures to adopt resolutions asking Congress to pass it.
And as we build support over time in statehouses across the country, we will also be building momentum for partial reforms—like requiring disclosure of how much each corporation spends and for whom—that can happen more quickly.
Can you help build the support we need by signing the petition asking your state legislators to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United?

Click here to sign the petition to your state legislators:
Thanks for all you do.
–Robin, Milan, Lenore, Michael, and the rest of the team

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