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;firstname.lastname@example.org. 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