This amendment affirms that constitutional rights extend only to human persons. Corporations, partnerships, and other organizational entities are not human persons and, therefore, are not entitled to constitutional protections.
This is current proposed language for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, per the website Ultimate Civics. Ultimate Civics is one of a number of organizations which came together in a coalition, the Campaign to Legalize Democracy, which has as its goal to amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate personhood.
Move to Amend is a project of the Campaign to Legalize Democracy. Its Motion to Amend reads:
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
- Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
- Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
- Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments.
Learn more about the fiction of corporate personhood & the movement to restore democracy in the United States and Sign the Motion to Amend.
I first learned of the Citizens United case, Ultimate Civics, and the Campaign to Legalize Democracy through a guest post by Rikki Ott at Progressive Alaska on December 29. In my last post, I mentioned the Exxon Valdez oil spill: Rikki Ott is a former commercial “fisherma’am” who experienced the effects of the spill firsthand. The team at Ultimate Civics observes,
Like millions of Americans, our personal stories are rooted in community struggles and individual experiences with a corporate-driven political system fueled by financial donations and propaganda.
Yep. Time for the millions of us to take our democracy back again.