Citizens across the country have expressed their outrage over the Citizens United v. FEC decision, which allows unlimited corporate campaign spending and negates campaign finance reform laws. This decision was based on the misdirected – really, ludicrous – notion of Corporate Personhood, the idea that corporations are entitled to the same constitutional rights as human beings. Many have written us asking, “What can we do?”
Riki Ott, director of Ultimate Civics, travels the United States and beyond delivering a powerful message on how citizens can fight to restore democracy in our nation.
“There are two ways to approach social movements,” says Ott. “We can work within the existing power structure for ‘compromises’ to make things a little less bad, or we can work to create the community and culture we want by building a social movement.” Ott stresses the need for a grass roots effort to create a cultural shift in our society. “The Abolitionists certainly didn't go to Congress and ask for a Slavery Protection Act.”
In keeping, Ultimate Civics helped initiate the coalition Move To Amend in a concerted effort to amend the US Constitution and restore democracy in the United States. This grassroots campaign identifies four objectives to achieve this goal:
To firmly establish that money is not speech
To affirm that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
To guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
To protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
It’s a lofty goal, and it won’t happen overnight. But we can dig in and fight back against corporate control. Check out our Resources section to see how you can get started right now.