Happy Anniversary, Citizens United! Citizens Celebrate By Uniting To Push For A Constitutional Amendment
It's great that people just aren't giving up on this. Find an action near you and raise your voice, because until we get money out of politics, we don't have a chance at good government:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s damaging Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling looms, thousands of people across the country will stage demonstrations, rallies, protests and other actions to magnify the urgent need to overturn the decision and ensure democracy is for people – not corporations. The actions highlight growing disgust with the court’s ruling and an increasing awareness of the corrupting influence corporations have over politics.
Activists working with Public Citizen are involved in more than 150 actions across the country, from Minnesota to Texas and California to North Carolina. Many will be “Occupying the Corporations” by demonstrating in front of a multinational corporation in their town, such as Bank of America or Chevron, to call out large corporations for usurping their democracy. In addition, Public Citizen will be holding rallies in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont with state lawmakers and allied organizations to highlight the push for resolutions in those state legislatures to overturn Citizens United. The Supreme Court’s ruling, issued on Jan. 21, 2010, said that corporations can spend unlimited sums to influence elections.
The effect on that year’s midterm congressional elections was immediate, and we are once again seeing massive amounts of corporate money being funneled into the presidential primaries. “Citizens United subverts the essence of democracy, which means rule by the people,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “Overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision with a constitutional amendment is the first step in fixing our broken political system and opening the door to address the great challenges facing the country, from putting people back to work to averting catastrophic climate change.”
Public Citizen is working with more than 60 organizations committed to overturning the Supreme Court’s decision via a constitutional amendment. Under the United For the People banner, the organizations, representing millions of activists around the country, are working to harness the grassroots power of the vast majority of Americans who believe there is too much money in politics. As the second anniversary of Citizens United approaches, this expanding network of organizations is coordinating a series of actions from grassroots gatherings to rallies at courthouses and corporate headquarters across the nation.