A letter to the Editor of the San Jose Mercury-News by Brian Carr, member of the Santa Clara County affiliate of MTA, was published on December 18, 2020. Here it is:
Michael Sozan's opinion piece ("End campaign spending by foreign-influenced U.S. firms," Dec. 15) calling for an end to spending in American elections by foreign-influenced corporations is probably supported by most people. Unfortunately, his solutions are unlikely to pass constitutional muster by the Supreme Court, particularly with the new 6-3 conservative majority. The doctrine of Citizens United needs to be repealed, and the best and probably only way to accomplish this now is by amending the Constitution.
The national organization Move to Amend has sponsored HJR 48, calling for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision and confirming that constitutional rights belong to people and not corporations. It already has 75 congressional sponsors. If you reject foreign influence in our elections, not to mention the flood of corporate money in our politics, lend your support to organizations like Move to Amend.
— Brian Carr, San Jose
In the 115th Congress, Representative Bass co-sponsored HJR48, our We the People Amendment. When she cosponsored this bill she committed her support to the passage of a 28th amendment that would end corporate rule and get big money out of politics… but she has not supported HJR48 in this Congress.
Will you help pressure Representative Karen Bass to support We the People Amendment by calling her today?
Now more than ever we must hold our elected officials accountable to the people that they represent. For too long has the corrupting influence of corporate personhood and money defined as free speech, outweighed the voice and demands of the people.
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Unless you’ve been living in an enclosed ecological system á la Biodome for the past month, then you are certainly aware of the unrest sweeping the nation. From the Native American protests taking place in North Dakota against an oil pipeline to the anger rising up from the displeasure about President-elect Trump, demonstrations have been ongoing both nationwide and here in Ventura County.