Boulder City Council Votes to Put Move to Amend Resolution on November Ballot

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Special shout outs to Carolyn Bninski, Judy Lubow, Rick Casey, Scott Silber, Dan Gould, Regina
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Stay tuned: Missoula, Montana is up next – on Monday their City Council will consider placing a
similar resolution on their November ballot as well.

Boulder City Council Votes to Put Move to Amend Resolution on November Ballot

BOULDER, CO – Just days after Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney angered attendees
at the Iowa State Fair by declaring that “corporations are people
,” the court-created doctrine of
“corporate personhood” is once again making headlines.

On Tuesday evening the City Council of Boulder, Colorado voted to place a referendum on the
November ballot calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are
not people and money is not speech. Boulder’s decision came after months of grassroots
organizing by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to abolish corporate personhood.

“This is a very important development at exactly the right time,” said Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, a
national spokesperson for Move to Amend. “Americans are fed up with corporate dominance of our
political system. The people of Boulder have an opportunity to lead the way for other communities
throughout the country by taking a strong stand.”

Boulder’s decision comes just months after voters in Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin
overwhelmingly approved measures calling for an end to corporate personhood
and the legal
status of money as speech by 84% and 78% respectively.

“Wow. What an outpouring of emotion and feeling and sincere interest in making changes, which
I don’t think anybody in the room would deny we need at the highest level,” Councilman Ken Wilson
told the crowd before he voted in favor of putting the referendum on the ballot. “My family and I were
very, very disappointed in the Citizens United decision. I think it’s a real threat to our government,
and whatever we can do to change that, I think we should.”

Similar resolutions have been passed in nearly thirty other cities and counties. Resolutions have also
been introduced in the state legislatures of Vermont, Washington, Montana, and New Mexico. The City
Council of Missoula, Montana will be considering placing such a measure on the ballot next week.

“We are excited to be a part of this rapidly growing national effort,” said Carolyn Bninksi, a local
organizer with Boulder Move to Amend. “The strength of Move to Amend’s strategy is that it is based
on grassroots work at the local level. This is the only way to build a movement powerful enough to take
on entrenched corporate interests.”

Move to Amend is a national coalition of hundreds of organizations and 130,000 individuals. The group
is committed to building a grassroots movement to demand corporate accountability to the public by
abolishing corporate personhood through an amendment to the US Constitution.

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One response to “Boulder City Council Votes to Put Move to Amend Resolution on November Ballot

  1. a group tried to amend our township’s charter with something similar and got a court to force it onto the ballot. unfortunately they included a clause that would remove corporations’ constitutional protections under the commerce clause and the contracts clause. that would’ve discouraged business start-ups and possibly generated lawsuits that the township would’ve been forced to fight at taxpayers’ expense, and which we would surely lose. fortunately residents who saw the problem were able to defeat the referendum. so i’d suggest, if you don’t know what you’re doing, get legal advice.

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