LOCAL RESOLUTION ON CORPORATE PERSONHOOD VOTED AND APPROVED BY TAMPA CITYCOUNCIL
Today TampaCityCouncil voted and approved on a local resolution that corporations are not people and money is not free speech and called on Congress to begin the process of amending the Constitution and providing an effective date.
Councilwoman Mary Mulhern stated that the council members are those that are closest to the people and not the corporations and that there were no "superpacs" available to her when she ran for office. She also stated that a poll by the Washington Post in late January noted that 72% of those polled from all political parties were in disagreement with the Supreme Court ruling on Citizen's United making "corporations people and money free speech." Councilwoman Capin thanked Councilwoman Mulhern and Councilman Reddick for proposing the resolution and upholding the original Constitution and the people it was written for.
Motion to vote was made and all council members that were present voted and approved unanimously.
We are going to cancel tomorrow night's MOVE TO AMEND Meeting since we will be down in Tampa for the voting on the CORPORATE PERSONHOOD RESOLUTION tomorrow morning at 9AM and two trips into Tampa is just not feasible in regards to gas expenditures or time.
We hope to do the next meeting at the OCCUPY TAMPA site and we will coordinate with them.
We are shooting for the third Thursday in the month of April, that would be April 19th.
In the meantime, we could use BODIES for tomorrow morning's TAMPA CITY COUNCIL Meeting.
We will be there at 9AM. Address is 315 E Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Floor.
MARCH 01, 2012
Tampa City Council to Citizens United: Listen up...
It wasn't exactly a scene from Portlandia, but Tampa City Council members Thursday scheduled a March 15 vote on a resolution calling for a consitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
The proposed amendment to end “corporate personhood” is being promoted in response to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to unlimited corporate and labor spending in federal elections. It has been endorsed by city councils in New York, Los Angeles and, yes, Portland, Ore., among other places.
“I’ve been wanting to propose this for a while and recently have been getting a lot of requests from e-mails,” said Council member Mary Mulhern, who made the motion. The vote was 5-0, with Charlie Miranda and Lisa Montelione absent.
I just signed the following petition addressed to: TAMPA CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Call on Congress to abolish CORPORATE PERSONHOOD
We are petitioning the Tampa City Council Members for a local resolution that calls on Congress to amend the Constitution to clearly establish that only living persons -- not corporations -- are endowed with constitutional rights and that money is not the same as free speech. If this resolution is passed, Tampa will be one of the first major cities in the U.S. to call for an end to all corporate constitutional rights.
Please join me in signing this and spread the word!