New York City Council members: Corporations are not people!


El Miercoles, 4 de Enero, 2012, el consejo de la Ciudad de Nueva York pasó una resolución declarando que LAS CORPORACIONES NO SON GENTE en oposición a la decisión “Citizens United” de la Suprema Corte de los Estados Unidos la cual da a las corporaciones los mismos derechos de la Primera Enmienda como si fueran gente.

Los consejales que votaron en favor creen que las corporaciones no deben de tener los mismos derechos que la gente, que las donaciones sin limite y sin reportar de las corporaciones que sirven para influenciar el proceso electoral no debe ser considerado libertad de expresión, y que el gobierno debería de regular el dinero que se recauda y gasta por corporaciones que pretenden influenciar las elecciones. De acuerdo con los consejales, no podemos permitir que el dinero de las corporaciones manipulen nuestra democracia.

Las corporaciones no son parte de, ‘NOSOTROS LA GENTE’ por quien y para quien se estableció la constitución. Piden al congreso que tome acción para proteger nuestra democracia en contra del control corporativo y regresar el proceso de las elecciones a la gente.
(NYC Council press release bellow)

A father and his daughter. He is holding a sign with the phrase, "Corporations are not people". She is holding another sign that reads, "American dream, not just for the rich".

“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.”

On Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, New York City Council Passes Resolution Declaring that Corporations Are Not People.

NEW YORK, NY — The Progressive Caucus of the City Council commends today’s passage of a resolution opposing the United States Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as people. Progressive Caucus Members Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Steve Levin sponsored this resolution, with the entirety of the Progressive Caucus as co-sponsors. We thank Speaker Christine Quinn for her leadership on this important issue.

As our support of this resolution demonstrates, restoring confidence in government and strengthening democratic participation is a core principle of the Progressive Caucus. We believe that corporations should not share the same rights as people, that unlimited and unreported corporate donations meant to sway the electoral process should not be considered freedom of speech, and that the government should regulate the raising and spending of money by corporations intended to influence elections. We cannot allow corporate money to manipulate our democracy.

As Justice John Paul Stevens recognized in his dissent in the Citizens United decision, “corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”

The Progressive Caucus supports this sentiment and urges Congress to take action to protect our democracy against corporate control and return the election process to the people. This is their press release.

Los Angeles City Council votes to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution making it clear that corporations are not people and do not have the same rights of people.

On December 6th, 2011, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to call for an amendment reserving Constitutional rights solely for living human beings.