Anne Leonard, the creator of www.storyofstuff.org, has designed a new animation on the Citizens United case. Corporations can exist independent of people. Today's corporations have something very dangerous in their genetic code, maximizing profits. Corporations need basic ground rules. Corporations want to write the rules but people write the laws in a democracy. The Supreme Court in the 5-4 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission said corporations should be treated as people. A nationwide movement has arisen to take back our democracy from corporate control of elections in www.movetoamend.org.
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.
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 "preemption" 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
to watch the animation "The Story of Citizens United v. FEC," click on
to watch David Cobb on "Corporate Personhood and Citizens United Case." 1/17/2011, click on
to watch the movie "The Corporation: The Movie," click on
to learn about the movement against corporate personhood, click on