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Too Early To Chill The Champagne? Action Heats Up On Overturning Citizens United

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Have you noticed all the recent activity surrounding constitutional amendments and overturning Citizens United? Take a look -- there's been a lot going on.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays, the background noise of the GOP presidential debates and before you know it, you've missed a story that takes root in the month of December. It's the time of year when it's pretty easy to lose track of some noteworthy news items, no matter how many aggregated news services or web sites you monitor.

I took note the last few weeks on all the activity around movement on a constitutional amendment to overturn the horrendous Supreme Court Citizens United decision. It seems as though every day brought another mention of someone doing something.

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Back in August when I talked with John Bonifaz of Free Speech for People, the idea of amending the constitution seemed -- at best -- an idea that maybe would become a reality for my grandchildren. But take a look at this -- all of which has come about in the last 6-8 weeks.

"There has been a flurry of activity," Bonifaz said recently in a phone interview. "I believe the public is behind this idea and is ready to restore democracy to the people.  Members in congress are starting to hear from their constituents about the need to do this.

"I am thrilled.   Obviously the Occupy Movement has helped and I think people are realizing this is a very special moment in our history -- that the time is now to create the change the country so desperately needs."

For your review, I offer the following:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders Files "Saving American Democracy' Constitutional Amendment:  "There comes a time when an issue is so important that the only way to address it is by a constitutional amendment," Sanders said of the effort to override the court decision that he labeled "a complete undermining of democracy."   Listen to Bernie in his own words on an interview on MSNBC.  Or even better"sign Sen. Sanders' petition.
  • Los Angeles City Council Calls for End to "Corporate Personhood":  The council resolution includes support for a constitutional amendment that would assert that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights, and that spending money is not a form of free speech.
  • Missoula, Montana, Votes Against Corporate Personhood: "Corporations Are Not Human Beings"
  • Congressman Jim McGovern Introduces Constitutional Amendment bill To Overturn Corporate Personhood:  "Corporations are not people," said Congressman McGovern. "They do not breathe. They do not have children. They do not die in war. They are artificial entities which we the people create and, as such, we govern them, not the other way around." 
  • AlterNet ran a feature entitled "We the People' versus "We the Corporation": Sentiment Builds for Banning Corporate Personhood, But Tough Road Ahead.
  • Just this past weekend, musician, song writer and record producer Steven Van Zandt posted a column on Huffington Post that so echoed my interview with John Bonifaz in August that I felt as though I had found a soul mate.
  • And while I was writing this blog, yet another reference on AlterNet.  Bill Moyers writing a foreword for the book Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It, by Jeffrey Clements, a new book from Berrett-Koehler Publishers.  Few can be as articulate and passionate as Bill Moyers on this topic.

In recent interviews for our feature on the Young Elected Officials Network, both Director Andrew Gillum and Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson specifically called out overturning the Citizens United ruling as the number one issue of their generation.  

This will happen.   It's often said that before you can make something happen you have to visualize it.   I think within the last few weeks, the vision has come clearly into focus.

I can't wait. I think I'll get the champagne chilling now?

 

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Joanne Boyer is founder and editor of Wisdom Voices Press and www.WisdomVoices.com. Her first book is "Wisdom of Progressive Voices." Joanne has worked in professional communications for more than 30 years. Her career includes being the first (more...)
 
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