Webb Brigades Lead Arlington County Board To Act Against Direct Threat To Our Democracy

On Tuesday, the Arlington County Board passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the effects of *Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission *and restore fair elections to the American people! The board observed that “we the people adopted and ratified the United States Constitution to protect the free speech and other rights of individuals, not corporations” and it saw *Citizens United *as “a serious and direct threat to our nation’s republican democracy, . . . standing in direct contrast to our local Arlington commitment to good government, civic and civil discourse, and broad participation in local decision-making.”  The board’s vote was 5-0 and each member spoke eloquently in favor of the resolution. Their remarks can be found on the board’s website at:
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The board passed the resolution after a grassroots advocacy campaign of several months led by a dedicated group of Northern Virginia Move To Amend members from Arlington County, including Brigades member, Mary Detweiler. Indeed, the Brigades was one of the first groups in Virginia to pass a resolution (in early 2011) in favor of a constitutional amendment to overturn *Citizens United*. This hard work paid off with a terrific resolution:

*ARLINGTON COUNTY BOARD
Resolution concerning the “Citizens United” case and the threat to free and fair elections*

WHEREAS, We the people adopted and ratified the United States Constitution to protect the free speech and other rights of individuals, not
corporations; and,

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission overturned longstanding precedent prohibiting corporations (and unions) from spending general treasury funds in our elections; and,

WHEREAS, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and related federal court decisions present a serious and direct threat to our nation’s republican democracy, while standing in direct contrast to our local Arlington commitment to good government, civic and civil discourse, and broad participation in local decision-making; and,

WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution empowers and obligates the people and states of the United States of America to use the
constitution amendment process to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that go to the heart of our democracy and republican self-government; and,

WHEREAS, the people and states of the United States of America have strengthened the nation and preserved liberty and equality for all by using the amendment process throughout our history, including erroneous Supreme Court decisions; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the County Board of Arlington, Virginia commends the efforts of Congressman James P. Moran and Gerald E. Connolly to address this issue; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County Board of Arlington, Virginia supports the growing call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse the effects of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and restore fair elections to the American people.

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