Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director of Move to Amend, joined us to discuss that group’s latest efforts to “legalize democracy” by challenging corporate personhood and the involvement of big money in elections.
On this episode of “Watching the Hawks” Tyrel Ventura & Tabetha Wallace sit down for a full show discussion with David Cobb, representative of the Move to Amend organization, which is seeking to get the corrupting influence of money out of politics!
OPINION: Major political campaign donors don't give out of civic virtue, they give for results - and the recipients are inclined to provide them.
May Day is an international holiday commemorating the struggle and solidarity of working people around the world, but May Day has its roots planted firmly in American soil.
This year is the 130th anniversary of May Day protests in 1886 that still resonate in American history, and right here in Athens today, the spirit of May Day will echo through the downtown area at the 38th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival. Athens for Everyone, a local community activist group, will lead a Workers for Human Rights March that will step off from the festival stage on College Square at 1 p.m.
". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of "We the People" by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."
~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010
The Interfaith Caucus of Move to Amend, a national coalition seeking to obtain this amendment (See HJR 48 in the U.S. House of Representatives), is reaching out to all faith and ethical communities who believe, as the pope said, that we are “stewards of creation."
“It’s a bit of a cop-out to say there’s no other option available” than to use the power of Citizens United, said Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director for Move to Amend. “All candidates have a choice.”
The News Tribune’s Feb. 16 editorial resisted amending our Minnesota Constitution through a ballot process, as outlined in our Minnesota Constitution (Our View: “Don’t let politics alter Constitution”).
The editorial agreed that a problem exists with openness and transparency in Minnesota government but did not agree that the people should be allowed to vote to fix the problem. While the editorial may be correct that the House majority may be counted on to vote as a caucus on this effort to make Minnesota politics more open and transparent, this has gone on for far too long.
TOLEDO - Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Ohio's March primary election. Toledo voters will see something new on the ballot- Issue 1.
It deals with political contributions to candidates, but the way it's written can be confusing to voters.
It states "Shall the City of Toledo support the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and providing for annual public hearings on these topics?"
Tune in to here Move to Amend's David Cobb debate with Alabama businessman and plaintiff in the infamous McCutcheon v. FEC case, Shaun McCutcheon in a Clash Over Campaign Cash!
The debate begins at 1:21:17.