FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2012
On February 12, the General Assembly of Occupy Greensboro reached consensus on a proposal to endorse the Saving American Democracy Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senator Mark Begich of Alaska. Member signatures and addresses were collected for letters being sent to North Carolina’s Senators and Congressman representing local districts. On February 17, letters were mailed to Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, and Congress members Howard Coble, Brad Miller and Mel Watt. A sample letter follows:
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Dear Congress member,
On February 12, the people of Occupy Greensboro reached consensus in support of 112th CONGRESS, 1st Session, S. J. RES. 33, commonly known as The Saving American Democracy Amendment, which was sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senator Mark Begich of Alaska. We support this effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision, to deny the existence of corporate personhood, and to fully enable legislative bodies to regulate campaign contributions. Clearly, this is not the end of the discussion on these issues, but passing this amendment would be an important visible step to remove the distorting and corrupting effects that corporate contributions have on both our electoral and legislative processes. We hope you will join us and place your support behind this initiative.
We support the efforts of those Members of Congress and Senators who truly work on behalf of the 99%. The members of Occupy Greensboro wish you a successful and productive session and thank you for your work representing the people of North Carolina.