An Effort to Overturn Citizens United

  • Protests

We have the “best government that money can buy” at this time in our nation. In the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the wealthy elite against the interests of the American people. Corporations can now spend unlimited amounts of money to buy our elections.

We need to change these rules. There is a nonpartisan effort to do this by an amendment to the Constitution to restore our country to what our Founding Fathers intended to and bring real democracy back to America. Money is not free speech and corporations are not people.

This movement, called Move to Amend, holds that only human beings — not corporations — are endowed with constitutional rights. Forty-two Wisconsin communities have passed resolutions in support of Move to Amend’s proposed Constitutional amendment. Nationwide, over 550 communities and 16 states have called for an amendment.

On Monday, we will learn more about Move to Amend and how we can take the first step in fixing this problem through a referendum effort. Join us at 6:30 p.m. at the Higher Grounds Cafe, 4232 8th St. S. in Wisconsin Rapids. This a new establishment on the east side of the street with the easy entrance through the Sleep Inn and Suites drive. George Penn and Jim Crist, state of Wisconsin Move to Amend volunteers, will give us information about the effort to amend the Constitution.

Another educational opportunity to understand what the negative affect wealth is having on our nation is a showing of an excellent, easy-to-understand film, “Inequality for All.” It will be shown at the McMillan Library, 490 E. Grand in the Fine Arts Center. You will have two chances to see it, at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 4.

Debby Brown,

Wisconsin Rapids