Photo: Locals protest corporate influence on government
Saturday, Jan. 19, Progressive Democrats of America-Northern Illinois and Occupy Rockford co-hosted a community forum on the Supreme Court’s Jan. 21, 2010, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision and the role of money in politics.
Jan. 21 was the third anniversary of the landmark Citizens United ruling in which the United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions.
The local forum was held at the Rockford Public Library East Branch and had close to two dozen in attendance. Attendees learned about the history of the decision and different ways to combat its effects. The group discussed efforts to amend the Constitution, such as Move To Amend. The amendment would declare that corporations are not people and money is not speech. The Anti-Corruption Act was also discussed. This legislation would seek to reverse the effects of Citizens United and establish a new clean elections system for Congress, without actually amending the Constitution.
Following the forum, the group headed to the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse at 327 Church St. in downtown Rockford to join other groups across the country for a day of action to protest the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
From the Jan. 23-29, 2013, issue
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