Victory! New Hampshire Senate Voted With Bipartisan Support On Bill Calling To Address Citizens United
Join John Bonifaz, Ben Manski, and Lori Wallach for a special conversation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), soon to be a "bullet train to corporate nationhood." Our Co-Founder will highlight recent cases post-Citizens United, where corporations claim constitutional rights to strike down public interest laws.
Free Speech For People joined the legal team defending the Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative campaign. This ballot initiative, which would amend the city charter of St. Louis (Missouri) to prevent the city from granting tax breaks to fossil fuel and nuclear mining companies, was challenged in court before the ballots were printed.
Last week, lawyers argued in federal district in Seattle whether the city's new minimum wage violates the equal protection rights of franchised business corporations. Yesterday, the judge denied the preliminary injunction on all claims, including Equal Protection and First Amendment claims. The ruling is an important step in the right direction to end the myth of corporate personhood, and to ensure protection of the rights of 'we the people.'
This past Tuesday, lawyers argued in federal district court in Seattle whether the city’s new minimum wage violates the equal protection rights of franchised business corporations. Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief in support of the city, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause protects people, not corporations, and in particular that living wages were a central concern of the Fourteenth Amendment’s drafters. Our local counsel in Seattle, Harry Williams, attended the oral argument and submits this report.
Last summer, Seattle passed a law to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. Sounds great, except McDonald's and other members of the International Franchise Association are suing the city, claiming that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause under the Fourteenth Amendment.
In October 2014, we filed an amicus brief arguing that corporations and franchises shouldn't be allowed to claim a constitutional provision written to protect newly-freed slaves after the Civil War. On March 10, the case will reach a federal courtroom.
Today on Huffington Post, Ron Fein explains why we need a constitutional amendment to put an end to all of this.
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Do Californians have the right to “instruct” their elected representatives through the ballot?
Our amicus brief filed before the California Supreme Court, points to the California Constitution and argues "yes". A new op-ed published in the L.A. Daily News, by Ron Fein and Congressman Ted Lieu contines, "it is not enough for the legislator to speak to and for the people once she is elected. The people must have access to diverse tools in order to express their political sentiments."
The tools we use to communicate with our leaders are more important now than ever to ensure our elected officials accurately carr out the will of people. It's time to restore Proposition 49 back to the ballot and let the people of California choose how to instruct their representatives.