Kansas City Move to Amend Engages Wyandotte County with Local Forum
August 22, 2013 – Kansas City Move to Amend is holding a public forum, “America for All – Not Just the Wealthy” on Tues., Aug. 27th at the Kansas City, Kansas South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, KS 66106. The meeting will address issues of corporate personhood, the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission allowing corporations to spend unlimited money to influence elections, and how citizens can form a Move to Amend affiliate in Wyandotte County. Said KCMTA member Mel Ivey, “We want citizens on both sides of the state line to know that the increasing influence that corporations have on our government and our lives is not just a national issue, not just global– but it’s local; it’s right in our back yards. We want to reach out and work together with Wyandotte County and other Kansas cities to let citizens know that there is a way to get involved.” Kansas City Move to Amend is the local affiliate to the national organization by the same name, organized to pass a constitutional amendment affirming that money spent for political influence is not equal to free speech, and that corporations are not entitled to same protections as human beings under the Constitution. Because the Constitution does not mention corporations, Move to Amend states that an amendment is needed clarify the proper role and status of corporations in America and of money in politics. In June of 2012, the Kansas City, MO City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of such an amendment. Over 300 local and state governments have passed similar resolutions, and over 300,000 citizens have signed the organization’s petition in support of an amendment. For more information or to get involved with Kansas City Move to Amend, visit us at http://www.kcmovetoamend.org.
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