This post was authored by Mark Hays, the Campaign Coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People campaign. Follow the campaign on Twitter @RuleByUs for the latest on the money and politics and the campaign for a constitutional amendment!
This has been a huge week for the Democracy is for People Campaign’s movement-building efforts on behalf of a constitutional amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s atrocious 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. And the coming weeks will only be even more momentous, as this growing popular backlash builds into a full-blown national movement!
Yesterday, the New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution asking Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Citizens United decision. The resolution was introduced by Council Progressive Caucus Members Steve Levin, Brad Lander, and Melissa Mark-Viverito, and backed by Speaker Christine Quinn.
Author and Public Citizen member Daniela Gioseffi was one of the lead activists approaching the Councilmembers about proposing the resolution. Our Senior Organizer, Jonah Minkoff-Zern, joined representatives from Occupy Wall Street (which formally endorsed efforts to rein in corporate constitutional rights and political spending the night before the City Council Vote!) and Move to Amend at the Council vote.