Column: Real people have flesh and bloodThere is a local organization, the Duluth Area Move To Amend, that is making a difference.
By: Virg Boehland, Duluth News Tribune
There is a local organization, the Duluth Area Move To Amend, that is making a difference.
Move To Amend is a national organization that is working to amend our United States Constitution to reserve the rights of personhood for flesh-and-blood people, not for the mega-corporations of the world.
This amendment would reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision called “Citizens United” which determined that corporations are the same as people and gave them the ability to exercise their right to free speech by spending as much money as they want to influence elections and legislation, without any transparency.
By equating free speech with money, the Supreme Court ruled such that the more money you have, the more free speech you get. Move To Amend is working to return the protections of our Constitution from “We the Mega-Corporations” back to “We the people.”
Move to Amend is not against corporations. It is against the abusive corporate power that is detrimental to real people.
The kind of corporate abuse that I am referring to is what happened to our Lake Superior from 1955 to 1968, as Reserve Mining dumped trainloads of asbestos-laden waste rock into our drinking water.
The corporate mining operation not only fought the scientific evidence, but corporate executives said it wasn’t even possible to dispose of the tailings on land. A subpoena forced the company to reveal that it had actually studied dumping the waste on land but it was determined to be too expensive.
With more than 300 Facebook and online members, the Duluth Area Move to Amend is one of the largest, fastest-growing affiliates in the country. We support state legislation, the “We The People Act,” which clearly states that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
We also support national legislation, recently introduced by Minnesota’s own Rep. Rick Nolan and Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, that would amend the Constitution to reserve the rights of citizenship for real people.
Seventeen states have passed Move To Amend legislation at the state level. In 2014, we will be part of the push to help pass this legislation in Minnesota. Move to Amend is doing important work, and this is an exciting time to join.
The Duluth Area Move to Amend meets at the Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be Thursday, October 18. You can be a part of the action. We welcome your participation.
Virg Boehland is a retired educator from the College of St. Scholastica and Proctor schools. He is the president of the Duluth Area Move To Amend.