CALL TO ACTION: Put Citizens United on the Ballot in Los Angeles
In October of 2011, Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti introduced a draft resolution to the City Council that would endorse overturning Citizens United, based on a Move to Amend presentation made at a neighborhood council meeting. Move to Amend mobilized more than a hundred people to attend a public hearing on the draft the following month, to lobby for stronger language in the final resolution. In December of 2011, Los Angeles became the first city in the United States to officially endorse a constitutional amendment that would state that only human beings are entitled to constitutional rights, and that money is not free speech.
In December of 2012, Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcón proposed a motion to draft a ballot initiative, asking voters to weigh in on overturning Citizens United and calling for a constitutional amendment in the May 2013 mayoral race. The constitutional amendment would eliminate corporate personhood and limit corporate spending in political campaigns. The council will vote on Alarcon's Motion THIS Wednesday. Needless to say, this is a huge opportunity for Angelenos to impact the national debate and give a boost to the national movement to get money out of politics... but we need YOU to put the pressure on the LA City Council to make this ballot initiative happen!
Amplify your voice and take advantage of this moment to make history. Join the Money Out/Voters In Coalition and California Common Cause on Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00 am for the City Council meeting to ask the LA City Council to place this on the ballot: www.commoncause.org/ca/putitontheballot
Let's tell our politicians, "DEMOCRACY IS NOT FOR SALE!"
LOCATION: LA City Hall. 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA. Enter through the east side of the building. Be prepared to pass through a metal detector and show your ID. You will be going to council chambers, Room 340.