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Letter: Attend a caucus, suggest resolution: corporations are not persons

In 2010, our United States Supreme Court granted huge multinational corporations, by its “Citizens United” case ruling, the right to redefine our United States Constitution by redefining the words “person” and “speech.”

Multinational corporations should not be legally defined as “persons” and multinational corporations’ money should not be defined as our “free “speech.”

A corporations is not a person. A person needs clean air, uncontaminated water and healthy food to live. Too many corporations believe they have to dirty our air, contaminate our water, and market food that is harmful to people in order to profit, to survive financially.

Money isn’t speech. Special interest groups, partially fueled by this Citizens United change, flooded the 2012 elections with more than $1 billion in outside spending, a large portion of it from anonymous donors, removing transparency and accountability from our elections.

Citizens United is a disaster. We must return our government to the people.

At the national level, the group Move to Amend, formed in September 2009, is committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not to corporate interests.

Nationally, the organization works with several affiliates in each state to return our government “to the people.”

I am working with the Duluth branch of Move To Amend.

The organization is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment.

This is a multi-partisan effort. I know that Republicans and Democrats will be taking appropriate resolutions to their caucuses.

You can help.

You could ask for a resolution to ensure that corporations are not people, and also that money is not the same as speech, at your precinct caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Find your caucus at www.sos.mn.us.

Also, while at the caucus, ask that your party support that state representatives pass HF-276, which will make Minnesota the 17th state to support the efforts to eliminate the Citizens United decision and return our constitution to the people.

Thank you for your action.

Virg Boehland

President

Duluth Area Move To Amend

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