Originally Published: November 7, 2014 12:57 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The Move to Amend Coalition will host a community forum Saturday on "Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule," with guest speaker Shara Smith of the Move to Amend campaign.
Part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action, the event takes place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Prescott Public Library at 215 E. Goodwin St.
More than 360,000 people have signed an online petition supporting a constitutional amendment at www.MoveToAmend.org.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections, Move to Amend officials said. Smith, director of outreach and development for the Move to Amend coalition, will help local residents understand the history behind the recent decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people.
"Corporate personhood is not an inconsequential legal technicality. The Supreme Court ruled that a corporation was a 'legal person' with 14th Amendment protections before they granted full personhood to African-Americans, immigrants, natives, or women," said David Cobb, a spokesperson for Move to Amend and an attorney helping to lead the coalition.
"It's unacceptable to allow corporations to write our laws and oligarchs to buy our politicians. It's up to us to make real the promise of democracy in America," Smith said.