In the 2010 Citizens United v FEC decision, the Supreme Court decided by a 5/4 vote that corporations are people and have the same rights as you and I and can spend unlimited, unaccounted for funds on elections and on influencing legislation. Free speech under the Bill of Rights has historically been meant for persons, not corporations. But five of the Justices do not see it that way. As a result of the Court's decree, this year’s national election will be one of the most expensive in history, with most of the funding coming from huge mega corporations. Conservative groups plan to spend almost a BILLION dollars in this election. Liberal groups are trying hard to catch up. Our government is being bought by corporations.
Many Americans are outraged and are lobbying for a constitutional amendment to overturn this undemocratic, corporatist Supreme Court decision. Across the US citizens have been organizing and planning the strategy – passing the 28th amendment to the Constitution- “The People’s Rights Amendment.” A non partisan Manchester group is in the forefront: Manchester Amendment Associates- led by Marshall Dubaldo, Ted Cummings, Nate Agostinelli, Steve Penny and Jeff King. The group is asking Town officials for a resolution and working with others around the state to get a amendment legislation passed by the General Assembly.
Activists Marshall Dubaldo from the Manchester Amendment Associates and Tim Sullivan, head of the CT Peoples Amendment Coalition, appear as guests on Manchester Review in October to discuss the problem and the solution: a 28th amendment to the constitution.
If you want to take back our country for “we the people” rather than “we the corporations” you can do three things: 1. watch the show; 2. ask the Board of Directors to pass a resolution; 3. go to movetoamend .org or democracyisforpeople.org for more information and to sign a petition.
Manchester Review airs Mondays at 9 PM on Cox PATV Channel 15. To view it on YouTube click on this link: Manchester Review: We The People, Not We The Corporations
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