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Posted by Cal33 in General Discussion
Wed Nov 16th 2011, 05:47 PM


This morning, for the first time, a member of the U.S. Congress is officially introducing our People’s Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is a breakthrough we’ve been working toward since launching our campaign nearly two years ago. Congratulations!

Now is the time to drum up some serious support for it. Please sign on now, then spread the word as widely as you can:

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/trac...

Here’s the language of the Amendment, which is virtually identical to the version chosen by more than 90% of respondents in a survey we conducted here at Free Speech For People in May:


Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural persons.

Section 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution do not include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected State and Federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the States under this Constitution.

Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people's rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.





Our hero on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), who introduced the People’s Rights Amendment this morning, is a longtime advocate for social justice and fundamental human rights. He’s also very influential in Washington, where he holds leadership roles, including the second-ranking Democratic slot on the powerful House Rules Committee, the panel that decides which items will be considered for debate in the House. In short, we could hardly have found a stronger champion.

There’s no question that the Occupy Wall Street movement that’s swept the country in the past several weeks has played a huge role in getting us to this point. People are in the streets almost everywhere, calling, among other things, for an end to corporate personhood and to corporate control over our democracy.

Rep. McGovern isn’t the only one in Washington who’s responding to our call. 15 U.S. Senators have co-sponsored another Amendment that would reverse the Citizens United ruling (which held that corporations may spend their general treasury funds, without limit, on election campaigns). And Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) previously introduced a similar Amendment in the House, as we reported a few weeks ago. While these other Amendment bills do not challenge the fabricated claim of corporate rights, they are important steps forward in the fight to restore democracy to the people.

Of course, the real heroes in all of this are you, your friends, and your family -- and everyone else who’s been speaking out tirelessly, demanding a real solution to this problem, a solution that can breathe new life into the basic promise of American self-government: of, for, and by the people.

Please sign on and spread the word right away.

http://j.mp/OurRights

Thanks!


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