Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

May 22, 2014

Town Meeting supports Constitutional amendment

Editor, Townsman:

At last week’s Town Meeting, Andover residents voted to join 182 other communities in the commonwealth and 16 states including Massachusetts in calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The message citizens across the state are sending is that we believe our democracy is in danger and that steps must be taken to save it. The country has slid too far down the dangerous slope of taking power away from each individual equally and giving it to the few individuals or corporations with enormous wealth: of turning from a democracy to a plutocracy.

Passing Article 64 was a step this community took as part of a national movement to reverse the direction of our country. Its vote joined the call for a constitutional amendment that makes clear that people are people — corporations are not, and that money is not speech and its use can be limited for the sake of the integrity of our democracy.

North Shore Move to Amend, an affiliate of the national Move to Amend organization, initiated this local action by citizens. Move to Amend is one of the leading organizations coordinating the call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would make it clear that “money is not speech and that corporations are not people.” Individuals who favor this effort can go to Movetoamend.org and sign a national petition.

Ellen Kaminski

North Shore Move to Amend

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