Romney wasn't the only loser on election night. American voters resoundedly walloped Citizens United and the notion of corporate personhood by easily passing measures around the country to amend the Constitution and overturn the ruling.
At local and state levels, residents across party lines emphatically rejected the ruling that unleashed a tide of corporate spending in elections — and won every time! Even red states like Montana and Colorado that went to Romney saw a landslide of support with majorities of 70% and more.
The drive to get these initiatives on the ballot came from a coalition of groups including Move To Amend, Free Speech Is For People, and Common Cause. Kudos to all the volunteers and grassroots supporters who helped get them passed in their communities! Hopefully, this high level of support will send a strong message to Congress and push them into action.
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
The mainstream media may try to ignore it, but the end of corporate controlled government is on the horizon. People are protesting in huge numbers across America; the real citizens have united, and when that happens change is inevitable. They have occupied the streets, the courts, and come November: the voting booths.
Every day more cities, including New York and Los Angeles, have demanded and end to Corporate personhood. A constitutional amendment has been introduced in the Senate, and soon the voting public will have their chance to cast Corporate Personhood into the wastebasket of history.
There are many fronts where you can join other citizens in taking control of our democracy back. The Amend 2012 campaign is attempting to put a "voter instruction" initiative on ballots in all 50 states that, if approved, would instruct Congress to adopt an amendment making it clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Voter instructions were a tactic used by the term-limit movement, and also by progressives who pushed for the 17th Amendment (which allowed voters to directly elect senators to Congress). If our predecessors could do it, so can we!
|Jennifer Slattery is a dedicated human rights activist, former private investigator, and a member of the Occupy Movement. She lives in NY, and would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have: firstname.lastname@example.org|