Resolution Abolishing Corporate Personhood and Money As Speech
  • Petitioned Kirstin Peterson

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Moab City Council
Kirstin Peterson

Resolution Abolishing Corporate Personhood and Money As Speech

    1. Daniel Shellabarger
    2. Petition by

      Daniel Shellabarger

      Moab, UT

The US Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons in "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission" on January 21, 2010. With this ruling, corporations can and do bypass the will of the people by buying elections and running our government.

"We the people" means we the people. In 1938, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black stated, “I do not believe the word ‘person’ in the Fourteenth Amendment includes corporations”

Cities, towns, and municipalities across the USA have already passed such a resolution declaring that corporations are not people, as a way of protecting the rights of their own local citizens against corporate domination, and also as a way of influencing the move to amend the US Constitution to restore the basic constitutional rights of human beings, We the People.

We, the undersigned, petition the Moab City Council to make Moab the first city in Utah to join the many cities, towns, and municipalities across the USA in passing a resolution calling for (in the words of Los Angeles’ Resolution) "support for a Constitutional Amendment and other legislative actions ensuring that only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights and that money is not speech, and therefore the expenditure of corporate money to influence the electoral process is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech."

Recent signatures

    News

    1. GOOD NEWS!

      Daniel Shellabarger
      Petition Organizer

      The City Council agreed to craft a Resolution to declare corporations not people and money not speech, possibly using Los Angeles' Resolution as a template!

      Councilperson Kirstin Peterson presented it and defended it to the Council, and did very well, though it was closed to public comment (which felt frustrating to a lot of us).

      There was one dissenting (or at least hesitant) voice, but the other council members were all for it, and there was lots of clapping by we the people.

      I am very grateful to everyone who showed up and to all who signed our unofficial petition, both online and on paper.

      WE WILL CONTINUE TO COLLECT SIGNATURES UNTIL THE RESOLUTION IS CRAFTED AND VOTED UPON.

      Thank you all!

    2. CONFIRMED: JAN 24, TUESDAY, 7PM, PETITION PRESENTATION TO CITY COUNCIL

      Daniel Shellabarger
      Petition Organizer

      LAST TUESDAY'S COUNCIL OFFICIALLY VOTED TO PUT THIS ON THE AGENDA.
      PLEASE SHOW UP!

      Petition signatures so far:
      293 Total (local & non-local. 177 paper, 116 online)
      222 Total local Moab sigs (171 paper, 51 online)

    3. IMPORTANT: OUR CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION IS POSTPONED TO JAN 24 OR POSSIBLY

      Daniel Shellabarger
      Petition Organizer

      OUR CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION IS POSTPONED TO JAN 24 OR POSSIBLY EVEN LATER!

      WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED.

      We got word there is no room on the agenda for Jan 10, & our main spokespersons unexpectedly had to leave town.

      This is actually good news, enabling the City Council to give this deeper consideration and us to gather more support and signatures. We have had very positive response so far from the mayor and the city council person we talked to.

      PLEASE EXCUSE MY MISINFORMATION.
      But this is an opportunity to increase our determination!

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Reminder: the Moab City Council meeting this Tuesday the 10th, 7pm.

      Daniel Shellabarger
      Petition Organizer

      Please show up!

      Spread the word, share this petition!

      So far, 81 local signatures on my hardcopy petition plus 85 signatures online (over half of which are not local). I don't yet know how many signatures are on other hardcopy petitions floating around.

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. We need you to also show up in droves at the City Council on Tues, Jan 10!

      Daniel Shellabarger
      Petition Organizer

      Warm bodies at the Council meeting are just as important as signatures here.

      We also have hard copies of this petition going around town, to sign with pen & ink.

    8. These signatures are to be presented to Moab City Council on Tue. Jan 10

      Daniel Shellabarger
      Petition Organizer

      Our friend Scott plans to present this to the City Council on the 10th. Our friends, Barbara and Colleen, plan to herald in the New Year by speaking with Mayor David Sakrison this coming Tues, Jan 3. That means we need as many signatures here ASAP by Monday.

      Below is a link to the actual, complete text of Los Angeles' Resolution 11-0002-S123:

    9. A link to a map with cities & towns in the US that passed a Resolution

      Daniel Shellabarger
      Petition Organizer

      Click on each community to see its Resolution. We the People know from this that we are standing in solidarity with fellow Americans across the Nation to amend the US Constitution to restore the Constitutional rights of human beings.

    10. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Marc Thomas MOAB, UT
      • over 2 years ago

      The cynical adage that "money talks" comes to full flower in the nutty idea that corporations are people.

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    • Santiago Franco LUJáN (BUENOS AIRES), ARGENTINA
      • over 2 years ago

      Tnx to Daniel Suelo.

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    • Andy Hards CRAWLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Sickened by the corrupting nature of money.

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    • Shane Victor LAS CRUCES, NM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Free people are not for sale at any price.

      Only slaves are.

      We need to free ourselves from the slavery we've slowly let ourselves slide into by consenting to have our lives monetized by banks and the governments they've purchased for themselves.

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    • Penni Palthe GRAND JUNCTION, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because I am a human being, a real person, I am not a statistic, not a number. I am one of billions that our constitution was written for with the intention to assure my freedom and to protect me. Individually, each person who is involved in a 'corporation' is gauranteed their individual rights under the constitution, corporations are NOT the people invested in them, they are NOT a living entity, but only peices of paper or electronic information. The terrible injustice and the fraudulent activies of the Supreme Court Justices who agreed to let Citizens United stand and agreed to let corporations have the same rights as human beings should not only be so ashamed that they cannot show their faces in public, but should be impeached from office and criminal charges brought against them.

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