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2013 UUGA - Constitutional Amendment AIW With Footnotes

2013 UUGA - Constitutional Amendment AIW With Footnotes

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Published by Michael Greenman
AIW approved at 2013 GA on eliminating Corporate Personhood, with annotations by UUJEC.
AIW approved at 2013 GA on eliminating Corporate Personhood, with annotations by UUJEC.

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Published by: Michael Greenman on Jun 30, 2013
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Action of Immediate Witness
Approved by the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly Plenary on 23 June 2013
Am e nd t h e Co n s t it u tio n: C orpora t io n s a r e not per s o n s a n d m oney isn o t s pe e ch
Note: Footnotes by Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community, the sponsors of the AIW.UUJEC Contact: Michael Greenman – (614)-439-4768;mgreenmanoh@gmail.com. Interested individualsshould visit and “Like” Facebook page: “Move to Amend – Unitarian Universalists”.
BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human person, and in the use of the democratic process in society atlarge, and because approval of the 2011 AIW opposing Citizens United pavedthe way for the UUA to take the spiritual lead in the passage of aconstitutional amendment to establish that corporations are not persons andmoney is not speech;WHEREAS a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings have establishedcorporations as persons, equated money with speech, and eliminated limitson amounts that corporations can contribute to political campaigns andpolitical advertising;WHEREAS these court-created doctrines have flooded the political landscapewith unprecedented amounts of money from corporations and other interests,corrupting our democratic processes and putting our entire democracy at risk,andWHEREAS Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides for amendments, aprocess that has occurred 27 times including seven constitutionalamendments that have overturned U.S. Supreme Court decisions; andWHEREAS there are pending proposals in Congress and states that needaction NOW to achieve passage of an amendment;WHEREAS the UUJEC (Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community),UUA (board of the Unitarian Universalist Association), the UUSC (UnitarianUniversalist Service Committee)
and various congregations have alreadyendorsed a constitutional amendment; and
WHEREAS an amendment to the Constitution is needed to overturn CitizensUnited
and eliminate both corporate personhood and money as speech. THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the 2013 General Assembly instructs theUnitarian Universalist Association to make their endorsement formal andpublic, supporting efforts to amend the Constitution; andBE IT RESOLVED that the 2013 General Assembly further requests membercongregations or their social justice committees to pass resolutions of supportand endorse a constitutional amendment to establish that corporations arenot persons and money is not speech
; andBE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2013 General Assembly encouragesUnitarian Universalist Legislative Ministries nationwide(www.uustatenetworks.org) and other affiliated Unitarian Universalistorganizations to join this important cause.Working together with other groups and other faith traditions, we can make asignificant impact to further the progress of a constitutional amendment topreserve the constitutional rights that our founding fathers intended solely forhuman persons, restore the effective voice of the people and save ourdemocracy.

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An Alternative to Capitalism (since we cannot legislate morality) Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists. I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to my essay titled: "Home of the Brav
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