Often, when I tell someone about the possibility of a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United v. FEC, they say that it’s exactly what the country needs and that they completely support it, but that it will never happen. Even though 85% of Americans believe that corporations have too much power in our democracy, many think that congress has become so corrupt and dependent on corporate funding that this amendment cannot possibly get through. Of course this is the exact reason why we need it so badly, but I definitely understand where they’re coming from. Our government has gotten scary. Really scary. So it’s hard to believe that we have enough power to change our situation after it’s spiraled so far out of our control.
But we do.
Within the past three months, legislators around the nation have taken the message of the Occupy Movement and are using democracy to express our discontent and create lasting change. The amendments in the House of Representatives and the Senate were just the beginning. Now city councils all over the nation, including Los Angeles, New York City and Oakland, have passed resolutions condemning the Citizens United ruling and urging congress to pass an amendment. Even the Montana Supreme Court restored a 100-year-old state ban on direct spending by corporations on political candidates or committees.
As long as we keep gathering together to show our anger over corporate injustices and writing to our representatives to show our support for resolutions like these, we can make this happen and finally get control of our democracy again.
Please join us at our next two demonstrations, Occupy Wall Street West on January 20th and March for a 28th Amendment on January 21st, and call or write your local, state and federal representatives to urge them to vote for similar resolutions or legislation.