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CNY Activists Commit to Amending the Constitution to State that Corporations are not People, Money is Not Speech

In Government, Media Advisory on January 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm

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What: Press Conference On 4th Anniversary of Citizens United Ruling

Where: WCNY, 415 W. Fayette St. Syracuse NY 13204

When: Tuesday, January 21, 10:30 am

CONTACT: Lynn Cahill Hoy, 415-9534, lcahillhoy@twcny.rr.com; Michael Messina-Yauchzy, 663-5640, mmy229@gmail.com

SYRACUSE, NY – On Tuesday, January 21st at 11 am, Central New York democracy activists with Move to Amend will hold a press conference at the offices of WCNY (415 W. Fayette St.) to mark the 4th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. the FEC. On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited money to influence our elections, despite the corrupting influence of money in politics, allowing moneyed interests to drown out other voices. The court failed to balance speech with our legitimate need to have free and fair democratic elections.

Members of Move to Amend will announce their commitment to building support for local and statewide resolutions in support of amending the Constitution to state the corporations are not people, money is not speech and that in a democracy, the people are sovereign.

The Move to Amend coalition is working to grow grassroots support for a constitutional amendment that clearly and unequivocally states that: 1) Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only; not to artificial legal entities such as corporations or labor unions; and 2) Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.

Move to Amend is a broad-based grassroots coalition of diverse groups dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevents the American people from ruling ourselves. Move to Amend is endorsed by hundreds of organizations and nearly 300,000 people who have signed the Move to Amend “Petition to Amend.”

To learn more about MOVE TO AMEND please visit http://www.movetoamend.org

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