Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | December 2, 2013

12/2/2013 Host Corinne Frugoni Speaks With Kaitlin Sopoci Belknap, Executive Director of Democracy Ulimited, About The “Move To Amend” Campaign

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Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.                                     move to amend cartoon

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.
Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals that rejects this decision and is committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.The Move to Amend Coalition is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution that unequivocally states:1. Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to government-created artificial legal entities such as corporations and limited liability companies;2. Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment.“. . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010, dissenting opinion

We Move to Amend.

To find out more about the Move To Amend Coalition or to sign the petition supporting the amendment go to https://movetoamend.org/

kaitlin150x180Kaitlin Sopocci Belknap serves as the National Director for Move to Amend. She oversees the national field organizing operations for the campaign, the affiliate support program and provides internship program supervision. She is also Executive Director of Democracy Unlimited. Kaitlin grew up in Santa Fe, NM and came to Humboldt County in 2001 by way of Western Massachusetts where she was studying education and community at Hampshire College.

In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.

 

To listen to Corinne’s conversation with Kaitlin Sopocci Belknap click the following link:    

 

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