People Ignited Against Citizens United: Today at Noon!

The following event is not endorsed by Occupy Seattle. It is a direct action organized by “Get Money Out Of Politics.”

A coalition of organizations including Move to Amend, People for Free Speech, Public Citizen, and Washington Public Campaigns, will take to the streets of Seattle January 20 and 21. The rallies will launch a public awareness campaign focused on corporate personhood and the Citizens United vs The Federal Election Commission ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted corporations the same free speech rights as individual citizens. The events have been approved by Seattle Parks Department and GSA. A trained peacekeeping cadre of volunteers will also participate with the intent to prevent any clashes.

The January 21st event, “People Ignited Against Citizens United” will begin with a noontime rally at Westlake Park featuring singer, songwriter Jim Page, Congressman Jim McDermott, author Sarah van Gelder, The Raging Grannies and more, followed by a march at 2 PM which will end at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, at 2nd Ave and Marion St.

The goal is to build grassroots support for a Constitutional amendment which includes language making it clear that corporations are not people, that they do not have the same rights as individual U. S. citizens, and that money does not equal free speech. The two days are a kick off of efforts to raise public awareness about the effect of very wealthy donors and corporations on our elections process, particularly at the federal level.

For more information, contact:
Craig Salins, (206) 949-3285
Syd Fredrickson, 206-679-5342
Jonathan Tong,
Maureen Van Hollebeke (206) 349-2447

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One Response to People Ignited Against Citizens United: Today at Noon!

  • REPUBLIC says:

    With Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the right to legislate abortion restrictions during a woman’s second trimester. Many states enacted laws that make it more difficult to terminate a pregnancy. Among them, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Georgia require physicians to tell women that 20-week-old fetuses can feel pain during the procedure unless they are anesthetized.

    Then the High Court made a key admission:

    “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case [i.e., “Roe” who sought an abortion], of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

    The fact is, the 14th Amendment couldn’t be clearer:

    “. . . nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.”

    Furthermore, the 14th Amendment says:

    “Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”