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Corporations are not people | Letters

Since 1886, courts have handed out more human rights to corporations. Armed with human rights and legal privileges, large corporations have amassed fantastic wealth and power, which has undermined our sovereign self-governance and created a democracy crisis.

We need to get the resolution “Move to Amend” passed in every city, county and state. Corporations are not people and should not have a voice in our government via their money.

Literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of local, state and federal laws that attempt to protect our elections, safety and health, environment and the right to organize have been overturned as a result of this erroneous doctrine.

It is time to change the rules. We move to amend.

We, the people of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and move to amend our Constitution to:

• Firmly establish that money is not speech and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

• Guarantee the right to vote and to participate and to have our vote and participation count.

• Protect local communities, their economies and democracies against illegitimate “pre-emption” actions by global, national and state governments.

The Supreme Court is misguided in principle and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.

Barbara Tarburton, Des Moines



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