Thanks to the great work of many activists and lawmakers, the Vermont campaign for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling is making a big splash.
Events were held last week in Burlington, Montpelier, Norwich, Rutland and South Royalton to mark the second anniversary of the disastrous ruling. Numerous lawmakers, including state Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, joined in a press conference about the state resolution calling for an amendment, while others joined in a rally. It looks as though there is momentum for a state resolution in the Senate as well.
These events were covered by the Associated Press and The American Prospect nationally, by VTDigger.org, the Times Argus, NCPR, The Burlington Free-Press, WAMC, Ch. 17 and other media outlets. Check out the one-minute video featuring many of the different anniversary actions.
Congratulations to the 26 towns that have hit their signature goals to get the resolution on the ballot!
The following towns are still working, so if you are nearby or have friends who want to help restore democracy to the people, this is the last chance to help them meet their goals!
Barre: Heather Pipino, firstname.lastname@example.org, 595-1671
Dover : Edie Mas
East Montpelier: Paul Erlbaum, email@example.com
East Montpelier: Dave Grundy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 476-4300
Essex/Essex Junction: Seamus Walsh, email@example.com, 802-922-6943
Fairfield: Michael Dodge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fletcher: Todd Pritsky, email@example.com, 802-238-3436
Hartford: Chris Hoffman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartland: Gail Holmes email@example.com, 802-436-1246
Jericho: Bill Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 899-2088
Middletown Springs: David Wright
Middletown Springs: Maureen McCormack, email@example.com
Pittsfield: George Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plainfield: Amy Lester, email@example.com, 802-272-3602
These towns have a resolution on the ballot/warning or have exceeded the 5% signature-collection goal: Bolton, Brattleboro, Burlington, Calais, Charlotte, Craftsbury, Fayston, Gainsville, Greensboro, Hinesburg, Marlboro, Marshfield, Monkton, Montgomery, Montpelier, Moretown, Norwich, Richmond, Ripton, Rutland city and town, Shrewsbury, Waitsfield, Warren, Williamstown and Williston.
Democracy Is For People campaign team, Public Citizen
The Burlington City Council voted 12-2 last night to include the resolution calling for an amendment to say corporations are not people and money is not speech on the ballot on March 6! Congratulations and thanks to Councilor Ed Adrian (Ward 1), the citizen activists and our partner organizations for their hard work on this!* Senator Ginny Lyons, who continues to lead on this issue, delivered some powerful remarks at the Burlington organizing meeting last week. View a short video of his remarks here.
Save the Date: Public Citizen, Move to Amend and allies are organizing a call for 7 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 4, to talk about the last push on petitions, answer questions, discuss reaching out to your state legislators and talk about Second Anniversary Day of Action activities the week of January 16-20. RSVP here. Call-in Number: (805) 360-1000, Code: 712358#
There are now 40+ towns collecting signatures calling for a constitutional amendment! Petitioners are encouraged to ask people to contact their legislators asking them to support Ginny Lyon’s Senate Resolution (J.R. 11) calling for the Vermont congressional delegation to support a constitutional amendment. See below for your town contact person, or volunteer to be a contact person yourself by replying to this email. This list and resources for petitioning are here.
Senator Ginny Lyons addresses Vermonters Say Corporations are not People
Join us for presentation of ballot to Essex Town Selectboard
Please come and show your support for Essex Says Corporations Are Not People. We are first on the selectboard meeting agenda December 19 at 7:30 PM. Continue reading
Learn how you can get the issue on the ballot in your community. We want every Vermont town to vote on this at Town Meeting. If you want your voice heard and balance restored in Congress please join your friends and neighbors (real people) for inspiration, information and refreshments. For more information contact Marianne firstname.lastname@example.org
7:00pm until 8:30pm