South Central Wisconsin United To Amend (SCWUTA) is a citizens group organized to regain the liberties and privileges guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution to human beings, but now being usurped by corporations. On January 21, 2010, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a bitterly divided Supreme Court overturned a century of established precedent by ruling that corporate spending on candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment.
SCWUTA was formed in April, 2010, with the purpose of conducting petition drives for the City of Madison and Dane County, calling for the abolishment of corporate personhood. Thanks to the help of countless volunteers who tirelessly collected petition signatures in September and October, 2010, and thanks to the Madison Common Council and Dane County Board, we and our allies succeeded in having referenda placed on both the City of Madison and Dane County ballots for the April 5, 2011 election.
Both referendums subsequently passed by astonishing margins: 84% in Madison and 78% in Dane County. These margins were substantially larger than the margins in the partisan Kloppenburg v. Prosser race, proving the opposition to Citizens United cuts across party lines.
The resolutions read as follows:
City of Madison referendum
RESOLVED, the City of Madison, Wisconsin, calls for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate influence by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:
1. Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights, and
2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
Dane County referendum
Should the United States Constitution be amended to establish that regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting freedom of speech, and that only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights?
SCWUTA is now expanding its efforts to the rest of Wisconsin, reaching out to other communities and organizations in the state. This process of networking, education, training will facilitate the creation and development of other United To Amend (UTA) groups throughout Wisconsin.
SCWUTA is an open and transparent organization. To see our organizational documents, please click on the links below: