Cambridge City Councillor Dennis Carlone has introduced a policy order resolution in support of the We the People Act, calling on the United States Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's notorious decision in the Citizens United case. Councillor Carlone is pleased to be joined by Councillor Nadeem Mazen as a co-sponsor of this order.
The We the People Act was recently introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature by state senator Jamie Eldridge and state representative Cory Atkins. The measure is also supported by Greater Boston Move To Amend, MassVote, and Mass. Senior Action in Cambridge, among others.
This isn't the first time that the Cambridge City Council has called on the state legislature to encourage Congress to take action to overturn Citizens United -- and if adopted, the We the People Act won't be the first time that the legislature has indeed supported such action -- but unlike previous efforts, the We the People Act adds a significant new dimension: if Congress fails to act within six months, then the We the People Act will also serve as a formal call for a Constitutional Convention. Vermont, California, and Illinois have already taken this major step toward reform. Will Massachusetts be next?
According to Sara Brady at MassVote:
Our Commonwealth should be at the forefront of this fight. It's a long road to 2/3rds of states calling for an amendment and a convention but this problem is too big to ignore. And in fact, even the act of calling for a convention can help encourage Congress to take action on their own -- this is how the 17th Amendment, which lead to the direct election of U.S. Senators, came about.
Residents wishing to offer support for this measure are encouraged to attend the city council meeting on Monday, February 23, at 5:30 pm in the CRLS Attles Meeting Room, 459 Broadway. You may sign up for public comment by calling the city council office (617.349.4280) on Monday, February 23, between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, or just show up at 459 Broadway between the hours of 5:30 and 6:00 pm (and add your name to the public comment list). Be sure to note that you wish to speak about Policy Order #17, the We the People Act. Alternatively, you may email the full council at email@example.com and be sure to include the City Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full text of the policy order appears below...
|Policy Order Resolution|