Monday, March 8, 2010

Four days left for you to vote "abolish corporate personhood" into the final round at

Annually, sponsors Ideas for Change in America, a crowd-sourcing competition that empowers citizens to identify and build momentum around a diverse range of ideas for addressing the challenges our country faces.

During the last two months, more than 2,500 ideas were submitted and voted on by 100,000 people across the country. The top three rated ideas from each issue category qualified for the final round. Among those that qualified, "Abolish Corporate Personhood"--which currently has the most votes in "Government Reform and Transparency".

The wording of the proposal is a combination of two ideas on corporate personhood, and reads:

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.

Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law.

We need to restore our right to rule, to democracy. To do so requires creating major changes in our legal system; changes like abolishing corporate personhood. Hence, we support a constitutional amendment that will:

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

2. Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.

3. Protect local democracy: The economies and governance of local communities must be free from control and domination by large corporations or other entities like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Bank.

You can take action right now at But help spread the word by promoting this idea here on!
Final round voting ends on March 12. The 10 most popular ideas will be presented to relevant members of the Obama Administration, and will subsequently mobilize its full community to support a series of grassroots campaigns to help turn each idea into reality.

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