What’s next for abolish corporate personhood movement in Vermont?

March 13, 2012
Nancy Remsen

David Cobb, spokesperson for the national initiative – Move to Amend – promoting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate “personhood” visits Vermont this week.

Cobb is a lawyer and national projects director for Democracy Unlimited.

His two-stop tour in Vermont comes after 60 Vermont communities adopted resolutions at Town Meeting calling on Congress to adopt a 28th amendment to U.S. Constitution making clear that “corporations are not people” and “money is not speech.”

These local resolutions passed in reaction to a U.S. Supreme Court decision two years ago that said corporations and unions couldn’t be restricted from speaking and spending in political campaigns.

Cobb’s topic will be the next steps in the effort to reverse the Supreme Court decision.

Cobb will speak Wednesday in Waitsfield at the Big Picture Theater and Thursday in Burlington at the Ira Allan Chapel at the University of Vermont. Both events begin at 6 p.m.

Cobb will also conduct a teach-in at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

Sponsors for these events includes the Green Mountain Global Forum, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics and Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM, and Move to Amend Coalition, with support from Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), Clean Yield Asset Management, Saint Michael’s College, Champlain College, Big Picture Theater, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

To learn more about Move to Amend, check out its website: movetoamend.org.


Groups audience: