No more corporate personhood in LA, Unanimous
"It's a great day for Los Angeles and it's a great day for the United States of America. I hope this is the vote heard around the world and that it will inspire other who want to reclaim our democracy to begin organizing in their communities. Together we can build the grassroots support we need to actually amend our constitution."
- Mary Beth Fielder, Move To Amend - LA founder
Thanks to ground work by the U.S. Green Party, the wave of Occupy Wall Street empowerment and Human Rights Aler, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to vote against corporate personhood and call for a Constitutional Amendment asserting corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not free speech.
The action is in response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that supposedly gave corporations the same First Amendment protections as people and allowed them to spend unlimited funds on campaign finance.
"I could not believe the coalition of energy that filled the council chambers today," said Council Member Bill Rosendahl. "It made a huge difference. It was democracy at its best."