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.
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Michelle Bates Deakin, a member of First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Massachusetts, was a UU World contributing editor from 2006 to 2011 and a UU World senior editor from 2011 to 2014. She is the author of Social Action Heroes: Unitarian Universalists Who Are Changing the World (Skinner House, 2011) and Gay Marriage, Real Life: 10 Stories of Love and Family (Skinner House, 2006).