Prop 49

On January 4, 2016, The California Supreme Court released it's final (6-1) decision finding that Prop 49 was always a legitimate exercise of Legislative Authority.  However the Court neglected to restore Prop 49 directly to the November 2016 ballot.


 

****NOW CANCELLED****

February 20, 2016

JOIN US FOR FOUR ACTIONS AT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT IN SAN FRANCISCO March 9, 16, 23 & 30th

On We The People Wednesdays, Californians will gather on the steps of the CA Supreme Court to demand the RIGHT TO VOTE on the critical issue at the heart of the corruption threatening our democracy – money in politics and Corporate Constitutional Rights.

When the California Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act, was always legitimate they did not order Prop 49 directly back on to the California November 2016 ballot.  

The California Supreme Court made a mistake that they should correct!  The Court’s unprecedented interference in our election is the only reason Californians were denied our RIGHT TO VOTE to Overturn Citizens United in 2014.

The Court has until April 1st to decide whether to enfranchise California voters

Restore 49 supporters submitted thousands of letters and over 113,000 petition signatures urging the Court to Let The People Vote, but the Court did not listen. 

Now, on We The People Wednesdays, the Court will see the voters they disenfranchised in 2014 demanding to be enfranchised in 2016.  Will they see you?            RSVP  https://www.facebook.com/events/604509143034941

Join us for four Wednesdays in March (rehearing cases are only decided on Wednesdays) California voters have earned the right to VOTE to Overturn Citizens United. 

JOIN US!  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

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Prop 49, The Overturn Citizen United Act, will have another day in court.

January 20, 2016

Late yesterday the California Legislature filed for the Court to rehear HJTA v Padilla and Restore 49 to the November 2016 ballot as the Court should have done in its January 4th ruling.  The filing became official earlier today.

An Amicus Letter was also filed by MOVI, Free Speech For People, California Clean Money Campaign, CALPIRG and Courage Campaign to demonstrate to the Court that Prop 49 was driven by citizen action, to offer the Court new information and to dispel any lingering belief the Court may have that Prop 49 was a calculated act by a partisan legislature to drive turnout.

Sorry to report from the Secretary of State's office that "no action was taken" despite our hundreds upon hundreds of phone calls and the over 10,000 emails our friends at California Clean Money Campaign generated.  MOVI suggested to the SoS's office that Secretary Padilla might want to release a statement for these bitterly disappointed and still disenfranchised Californians who do not understand why he chose not to defend our right to vote.

Predictably, the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-citizens-united-20160106-story.html  and the San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/diaz/article/Why-legislators-should-not-put-nonbinding-6744754.php have published op-eds that are both factually wrong and betray corporate media's interest in keeping The Overturn Citizens United Act off the California ballot.

Both articles repeat the lie that this bill was driven by a Democratic Legislature’s desire to drive turnout.  We know that this was a campaign driven by California citizens outraged by the Citizens United decision.  NOW, the Court has the proof in the form of an amicus letter detailing how we, the citizens, drove Prop 49 through the Legislature and to the ballot.  Read the amicus letter and the Legislature's brief.

Update

On January 13th the Sacramento Bee published Michele's op-ed calling on the CA Supreme Court to order Prop 49 directly onto the November 2016 California ballot.

On January 20th, the day after the brief and the amicus letter were filed the Court gave itself an extension until April 1st to consider the writ for rehearing.  

49/11/08/16!

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California’s Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act had its day in Court...

And while the outcome won't be certain until the California Supreme Court hands down its decision, even the Los Angeles Times headline the following day read: "California's High Court Appears Ready to Allow Voters to Weigh in on Citizens United."

 

DOWNLOAD AND MAIL THE LETTER TO THE JUSTICES HERE

READ THE BRIEFS FILED WITH THE SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA



We Will Not Be Silenced! 
On August 11, the California Supreme Court rashly removed Proposition 49 from the November ballot, denying voters the chance to direct California’s congressional delegation to support a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. 
Sign the petition to the California Supreme Court demanding they Let the People Vote.  
            
Text of Prop 49:
“Shall the Congress of the United States propose, and the California Legislature ratify, an amendment or amendments to the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 558 U.S. 310, and other applicable judicial precedents, to allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another, and to make clear that the rights protected by the United States Constitution are the rights of natural persons only?”
The Legislature Did its Job of Representing the People
In passing SB 1272 to place Proposition 49 on the ballot, the California Legislature was responding to requests from constituents to speak out against misguided Court rulings. Citizens generated more than 55,000 petition signatures, 40,000 emails, 176,000 faxes and hundreds of personal visits to the Capital.
 
Read Michele Sutter (MOVI) and Eddie Kurtz's (Courage Campaign) Op-Ed
Read Michele's Op-Ed on Prop 49 that the LA Times wouldn't print.
 
Our fight continues! 
 

For the latest update on Prop 49 and to volunteer to help the campaign visit the Yes on Prop 49 Campaign website.

 


 WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE SB1272 COMMITTEE HEARING APRIL 22, 2014 WHERE WE TESTIFIED

 

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We Will Not Be Silenced!

On August 11, the California Supreme Court rashly removed Proposition 49 from the November ballot, denying voters the chance to direct California’s congressional delegation to support a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. 
 
Let the Court know you will not be silenced!
Sign the petition and send a fax to the California Supreme Court demanding they Let the People Vote.  
            
Text of Prop 49:
“Shall the Congress of the United States propose, and the California Legislature ratify, an amendment or amendments to the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 558 U.S. 310, and other applicable judicial precedents, to allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another, and to make clear that the rights protected by the United States Constitution are the rights of natural persons only?”
 
The Legislature Did its Job of Representing the People
In passing SB 1272 to place Proposition 49 on the ballot, the California Legislature was responding to requests from constituents to speak out against misguided Court rulings. Citizens generated more than 55,000 petition signatures, 40,000 emails, 176,000 faxes and hundreds of personal visits to the Capital.
 
Read Michele's Op-Ed on Prop 49 that the LA Times wouldn't print.
Learn more about the case:

 

Justice G. Liu's writ and Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye's response

 

UC Davis Law Professor points out that the CA Supremes ignored the CA Constitution

The Corporate Assault on Direct Democracy - Truth-out

California Supreme Court’s Prop. 49 Ruling Shows Arrogance - Sacramento Bee Article

The Illogic of Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu

Courts Suppress Democracy In Upholding Corporate Rule - Marin Voice Article

Big Money Bankrolls Opposition to Movement to Overturn Citizens United - PR Watch

 

 
Our fight continues! 
 
For the latest update on Prop 49 and to volunteer to help the campaign visit the Yes on Prop 49 Campaign website.

 


 

 

 


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