A message from Occupy Newport
On Monday, February 6 at 6:00-8 PM, members of Occupy Newport and various local citizens will ask the Newport City Council to adopt a resolution of support for an amendment to the US Constitution which would reverse the 2010 ‘Citizens United’ Supreme Court decision and declare that corporations are not ‘persons’ with the same rights, protections and legal privileges as human beings. This appeal will be made at City Hall in the Council meeting chamber. Please come and show your support!
A convincing attendance is needed for Councilors to understand how important this is to the citizens of Newport and Lincoln County. By investing an hour or two you can tell your children and grandchildren you stood up for democracy at such a dangerous time in our history. Speaking time is limited so you may not get an opportunity to address the Council directly but your presence WILL be noted. If you wish to speak you must come early and sign up for a three minute slot.
We hope to see you there.
Here is the Move To Amend Resolution
Move to Amend 28th Amendment
Section 1 [A corporation is not a person and can be regulated]
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.
The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
Section 2 [Money is not speech and can be regulated]
Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.
Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.
The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.