What it ain’t
Former Arcata City Councilman Dave Meserve submitted a Notice of Intention to Circulate an Initiative Petition to Arcata City Hall this week. Signature gatherers will be coming soon to a parking lot near you. Below is the wording of the proposed ordinance. See more at Corps-Aint-Peeps on Facebook.
The People of Arcata Ordain as Follows:
We hold these truths to be self evident:
Corporations are not people.
Money is not speech.
Be it therefore ordained that:
To the full extent possible under federal and state law, and with the goal of changing any federal or state laws that may oppose this ordinance,
Within the City of Arcata, CA, corporations shall not have the rights of “Persons” or “The People,” as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Only living, breathing human beings shall have such rights, and
Within the City of Arcata, CA, money shall not be considered to be speech, as protected under the First Amendment.
Be it further resolved that:
The people of the City of Arcata, CA support amending the U.S. Constitution to establish that:
1. Corporations are not natural persons, and the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
2. Money is not speech, and the spending of money to influence elections is not protected speech.