We are grateful to Greg Coleridge who spoke at the LWVOA's Annual Meeting on June 1, 2019. His review of how corporations achieved their personhood, was indeed stimulating.
Please explore the following links to pursue this topic and further actions.
If you wish to view the Power Point of Mr. Coleridge's talk, please click on Move to Amend.pptx to download the presentation.
Here's what former Oberlin City Councilperson, Charles Peterson, said in 2012 when a Move to Amend resolution was voted on and passed by council:
"The movement to abolish the 'citizenship' status held by corporations is one of the unheralded battles of our historical moment. Under the guise of freedom of speech and the protections of the 14th Amendment, corporations have slowly expanded their control over not just the economic life of the nation but its political life as well… It is a cruel irony of history that the amendment to the constitution which guaranteed freedom, justice and democratic participation to 4 million former slaves turned citizens, would become the foundation for the degradation of freedom, justice and democratic participation for every US citizen. As both a private citizen and public official, I support a constitutional amendment that abolishes citizenship rights for corporations. As the Supreme Court's decision on Citizen's United v. FEC demonstrates, this issue will determine whether government of the people, by the people and for the people, will endure."
There are a number of specific and meaningful ways going forward that you can take to help the Move to Amend movement grow into a powerful force for democratic change!
Stay informed! Check out our website at https://movetoamend.org/. We have scores of articles, flyers, videos and webinars that provide information you simply won't find many other places...especially related to what I spent quite a bit of time addressing in my presentation -- never-intended corporate constitutional rights. Here are are few resources you might find of particular interest: