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Victory! New Hampshire Senate Voted With Bipartisan Support On Bill Calling To Address Citizens United

 NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE VOTES IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY 

STATEMENT OF JOHN BONIFAZ
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE
 
The New Hampshire Senate today voted unanimously to pass a bill calling for a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling and to reclaim our democracy. This vote marks a major victory for the growing grassroots movement to defend our Republic. We applaud the New Hampshire Senate on this vote, and we urge the New Hampshire House of Representatives to pass this bill as well and to make New Hampshire the 17th state calling for this constitutional amendment.
 
This bipartisan victory today proves once again the power of this call for a 28th Amendment. The pressing question before the nation today is whether it is ‘we the people’ or ‘we the corporations and big money interests.’ This not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is a deeply American issue. Whatever our political differences may be, we all share the common vision of government of, by, and for the people.  
 
This victory also demonstrates that a sustained people-powered movement can win. New Hampshire citizens from throughout the state have repeatedly called on their legislators to take this action. They have rallied. They have marched. They have traveled to their state capitol to stand up and be heard. And, today, the people were heard. When the history of the 28th Amendment is written, it will include the story of New Hampshire citizens demanding their democracy back.
 

New York Times Article Shines Light On New Scholarship Challenging Claims Of Corporate Constitutional Rights

This week, the New York Times featured research by John Coates, a professor at Harvard Law School and a longtime member of Free Speech For People’s Legal Advisory Committee, on “the corporate takeover of the First Amendment.&r

Join John Bonifaz This Sunday For A Call On The Trans-Pacific Partnership And Corporate Nationhood

 

Join John Bonifaz, Ben Manski, and Lori Wallach for a special conversation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), soon to be a "bullet train to corporate nationhood." Our Co-Founder will highlight recent cases post-Citizens United, where corporations claim constitutional rights to strike down public interest laws. 

To register for the call, click here. 

 

Free Speech For People Joins In Filing Appeal Brief In Noel v. Board of Election Commissioners

Free Speech For People joined the legal team defending the Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative campaign. This ballot initiative, which would amend the city charter of St. Louis (Missouri) to prevent the city from granting tax breaks to fossil fuel and nuclear mining companies, was challenged in court before the ballots were printed.

Decision Reached In Seattle Minimum Wage Case — Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction

Last week, lawyers argued in federal district in Seattle whether the city's new minimum wage violates the equal protection rights of franchised business corporations. Yesterday, the judge denied the preliminary injunction on all claims, including Equal Protection and First Amendment claims. The ruling is an important step in the right direction to end the myth of corporate personhood, and to ensure protection of the rights of 'we the people.'

Minimum Wage Under Fire In Seattle — Our Local Counsel Reports On IFA v. Seattle

This past Tuesday, lawyers argued in federal district court in Seattle whether the city’s new minimum wage violates the equal protection rights of franchised business corporations. Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief in support of the city, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause protects people, not corporations, and in particular that living wages were a central concern of the Fourteenth Amendment’s drafters. Our local counsel in Seattle, Harry Williams, attended the oral argument and submits this report.

Ronald McDonald And Friends Sue Seattle To Stop Minimum Wage Hike

 

 Last summer, Seattle passed a law to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. Sounds great, except McDonald's and other members of the International Franchise Association are suing the city, claiming that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause under the Fourteenth Amendment. 

In October 2014, we filed an amicus brief arguing that corporations and franchises shouldn't be allowed to claim a constitutional provision written to protect newly-freed slaves after the Civil War. On March 10, the case will reach a federal courtroom.

Today on Huffington Post, Ron Fein explains why we need a constitutional amendment to put an end to all of this.

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Let Californians Instruct Their Elected Representatives

Do Californians have the right to “instruct” their elected representatives through the ballot?

Our amicus brief filed before the California Supreme Court, points to the California Constitution and argues "yes". A new op-ed published in the L.A. Daily News, by Ron Fein and Congressman Ted Lieu contines, "it is not enough for the legislator to speak to and for the people once she is elected. The people must have access to diverse tools in order to express their political sentiments." 

The tools we use to communicate with our leaders are more important now than ever to ensure our elected officials accurately carr out the will of people. It's time to restore Proposition 49 back to the ballot and let the people of California choose how to instruct their representatives.

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