People Ignited Against Citizens United

People Ignited Against Citizens United

(source: Rick Barry at http://www.flickr.com/photos/f8stop/sets/72157628974287761/with/6739290473/)

On Saturday January 21st around 300 people rallied in Westklake Park in Seattle and marched against the Citizens United ruling and demanded a constitutional amendment allowing states and the federal government to regulate election spending.

From the press release by Get Money Out of Politics:

“A coalition of organizations including Move to Amend, People for Free Speech, Public Citizen, and Washington Public Campaigns, will take to the streets of Seattle January 20 and 21. The rallies will launch a public awareness campaign focused on corporate personhood and the Citizens United vs The Federal Election Commission ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted corporations the same free speech rights as individual citizens. The events have been approved by Seattle Parks Department and GSA. A trained peacekeeping cadre of volunteers will also participate with the intent to prevent any clashes.”

Also in the press release:

“The goal is to build grassroots support for a Constitutional amendment which includes language making it clear that corporations are not people, that they do not have the same rights as individual U. S. citizens, and that money does not equal free speech. The two days are a kick off of efforts to raise public awareness about the effect of very wealthy donors and corporations on our elections process, particularly at the federal level.”

Some notable videos from the event include congressman Jim McDermott addressing the rally, people wishing the supreme court ruling an unhappy birthday, the march itself and people on stilts.

Once the protesters were done rallying they marched to the federal building, signed a giant US constitution that had been all around the country including in the Rose Parade and people spoke about the damage that massive corporate interference in elections causes. At the federal building agents from the department of homeland security were stationed behind yellow police tape, presumably to prevent any terrorist attacks against the federal building by a mostly middle aged group of citizens asking for public financing of elections.