OH - Cleveland Press Coverage

Activists Gather to Support We The People Amendment

May 29, 2019

Cleveland is one of more than 25 cities across the US where activists gathered Tuesday to support the "We the People Amendment" to the Constitution. The amendment would take away corporations’ ability to fund political campaigns. Madelon Watts organized a demonstration outside Representative Marcia Fudge’s Cleveland office.  Watts said they have two main goals.

Listen Listening...0:15 Watts on bringing more attention to the amendment

Letter: First Amendment applies only to people

May 23, 2019

The May 6 op-ed “Government shouldn’t dictate views we’re allowed to hear” by Bradley Smith presented a false choice of what to trust — the proposed 28th Amendment or the First Amendment.

Move to Amend’s proposed We the People Amendment (House Joint Resolution 48) declares that “artificial entities such as corporations do not have constitutional rights” and that political election spending “is not free speech.”

Greg Coleridge and Sally Hanley of "Move to "Amend" a national organization- that seeks to put an amendment in front of congress.

May 22, 2019

Mansfield Frazier talks with Greg and Sally about a Constitutional Amendment moving power from corporate rule to We the People, establishing real democracy. Explores how corporations got Constitutional rights that were originally intended for human beings only.

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/139-the-forum-with-mansfield-f-27306237/e...

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Bill to Challenge Supreme Court Decision on Election Spending

May 8, 2019

Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections.

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State Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) doesn't think corporations are people and money is free speech, as in the 2010 Citizens United decision. Antonio plans a bill that would force a court challenge to that, much like Republican lawmakers did when they passed the so-called Heartbeat Bill to take on the 1973 ruling on abortion in Roe v Wade.

Pass We The People Amendment to restore power to the people, not the corporations: Letter to the Editor

April 22, 2019

How can we continue to consider ourselves citizens living in a democracy when corporate control continually demonstrates its monied influence in elections and on our representatives in Congress? Our capitalistic system has so glaringly benefited the corporations, but this would not be the case if our capitalistic and democratic country were functioning for us.

Greg Coleridge - Activist, Move To Amend

July 19, 2017

"The problem isn't that the government is broken," Greg Coleridge says, whipping out one of many activist slogans he's been repeating so long they're inextricably threaded into the fabric of his speech. "It's that it's fixed."  

"Fixed as in rigged," he says, leaning in, making sure the message is clear. Coleridge's central issue is corporate power and the insidious effects of money in politics. He is a man who has known that corporations aren't people since long before Citizens United.

Cleveland citizens decry impact of Citizens United case at first Democracy Day hearing

May 10, 2017

Hearing prompts calls to curb corporate campaign influence

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A crowd filled City Council's hearing room Monday to condemn the level of influence corporations can wield over politicians via contributions to political campaigns.  

The problem, they said, exists at a national level with contributions from industry giants in areas such as healthcare and banking and at a local level with contributions from businesses such as restaurants and taverns. 

Citizens hold power in democracy

May 4, 2017

Letter to the Editor:

Are Ohioans to be punished for behaving like actual citizens? The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are "We the People" – not "we the judges," "we the corporations," or "we the elected officials." In a monarchy, the monarch is sovereign. In a democratic republic, citizens hold the sovereign power. We'd better start acting like it.

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