Thursday, December 15, 2011

LA City Council: "Corporations are NOT people"

LA City Council votes against corporations
Occupy Los Angeles wins in the City Council: Far right Republicans say citizens do not matter if they try to interfere with their “right” to make money. Why? “Corporations have rights, and money is speech” (Citizens United).

LA City Council unanimously agreed that corporations are NOT people, so they are not entitled to the same constitutional protections.

If supported by the mayor, the city would be on record in support of federal legislation that would ensure that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as people, particularly when it comes to spending money to influence elections.

It also proposed language for a constitutional amendment declaring that money is not a form of speech and affirming the right of the federal government to regulate corporations.

Sylvia Moore with Move to Amend, which has the broad mission of opposing laws they say prevent the American people from governing themselves, said: “Corporations have taken over our society. They’re deciding what we eat, how people educate their children, and whether or not we have health care.”

The resolution cites Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black's 1938 opinion on the subject, “I don’t believe the word ‘person’ in the 14th Amendment includes corporations.”

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