Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club is committed to environmental
protection. The Chapter applies pressure on political leaders and
government decision makers in order to achieve positive changes to
protect the environment. Active
participation in a democracy ensures our elected officials and decision
makers fairly represent the voters and the public interests, not the
and supporters are involved with influencing decision makers in city,
county, state and federal governments.
Our work involves the legislative, executive and judicial
branches of state government. We
regularly bring issues to the commissions, boards and stakeholder groups
of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of
Transportation, the Iowa Utilities Board, and the Iowa Department of
Economic Development. The
Chapter also takes legal action in the state and federal courts to
support our environmental initiatives.
Read Making Government Work for the People for the Chapter's recommendations for improving government so that it works for all of us.
Corporations Are Not People
For more than a century corporations have been able to shift power from “we the people” to corporations. Through a series of United States Supreme Court cases, corporations are considered to be persons and have been given the same rights as natural persons. In order to return political and electoral power to natural citizens, an amendment to the United States Constitution is being proposed.
Because corporations are not real persons, they cannot be held accountable for their actions in the same way as real persons. Unlike real people, corporations can exist forever. Business entities exist for the sole purpose of making money.
The environment is negatively affected by corporate personhood:
The Sierra Club has joined a coalition to advance the efforts to amend the constitution so that corporations are not persons. For more information on this coalition, see www.movetoamend.org. Currently supporters are being asked to sign an on-line petition to show their support. The petition states “We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.” The petition can be found here. Once 500,000 signatures have been gathered, members of the United States House and Senate are going to be asked to submit a constitutional amendment.
For more information, visit http://www.sierraclub.org/committees/cac/corporatepower/
Voting is a Right for All US Citizens
is a right that cannot be taken away.
q All citizens need easy and convenient access to the polls.
Remove corporate money from politics.
Bring facts and logic
back into politics.
The Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club supports legislation that promotes open and fair elections and that protects the rights of all voters.
Legislative Resolution Requests
a Constitutional Convention to Address an Amendment to the
US Constitution to Overturn Citizens United
United States Supreme Court decision, Citizens United versus the Federal
Election Commission, allowed corporations to donate unlimited sums of
money to political campaigns. Through
a series of United States Supreme Court cases over the last century,
corporations are considered to be persons and have been given the same
rights as natural persons that resulted in the Citizens United decision.
to return political and electoral power to natural persons, an amendment
to the United States Constitution is being proposed.
The amendment proposes that artificial entities such as
corporations do not enjoy constitutional rights and that money is not
considered free speech.
the Constitution requires that two-thirds of the state legislatures pass
a resolution asking for a constitutional convention in order to consider
an amendment to the United States Constitution; in this case, that
corporations are not people and money is not speech.
The Iowa Chapter supports the Iowa Legislature adopting a joint resolution calling for a constitutional convention to address an amendment to the US Constitution to allow Congress and the states to prohibit or otherwise regulate the expenditure of funds for political speech by any corporation, any limited liability company or any other corporate entity.
of the Proposed Amendment to the United States Constitution
Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]
rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights
of natural persons only.
entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any
foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are
subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local
privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People,
through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be
inherent or inalienable.
is Not Free Speech]
State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit
contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own
contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless
of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that
no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access
or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for
public office or any ballot measure.
State, and local government shall require that any permissible
contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.
judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence
elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
Last Updated 03.04.14
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