AIW passes urging end to corporate personhood

Unitarian Universalists should join efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision to eliminate corporate personhood. That’s according to an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) passed by delegates to the 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., Sunday afternoon.

The AIW is called “Amend the Constitution: Corporations are not persons and money is not speech.”

It calls upon the UUA to “make their endorsement formal and public, supporting efforts to amend the Constitution.”

It also asks member congregations or their social justice counterparts to pass resolutions of support to an amendment.

And it encourages UU legislative ministries nationwide to join the cause.

“Working together with other groups and other faith traditions, we can make a significant impact to further the progress of a constitutional amendment to preserve the constitutional rights that our founding fathers intended solely for human persons, restore the effective voice of the people and save our democracy,” the AIW said.

  • Edmund Robinson

    I was not able to attend the plenary, but participated in a lively and impassioned debate in the Saturday afternoon mini-assembly over whether the AIW would endorse a specific prop0osal which had been introduced in Congress containing language approved by the Move To Amend (MTA) organization or just the general goal of repealing Citizens United. Is there someplace I can find the actual wording of the AIW approved on the floor of GA?

  • Bill Clontz

    The AIW did not pass in the Assembly.

  • Bill Clontz

    My error. It DID pass – it was the amendment to the AIW that did not pass. Apologies.

  • Michael Greenman

    I’d be happy to send you the original proposal as well as the final approved version.


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