Four years ago this week, ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, the high court infamously gave corporations the distinction, the same constitutional right as real people -- as you and me -- to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing elections. Four years later we are still advocating a point that should be obvious: Corporations are not people.
In response to the Supreme Court's recent Voting Rights Act decision, Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights hero and Georgia congressman, said, "I take it very personally. I gave a little blood on that bridge for the right to vote, for the right to participate in a democratic process."
VESSELS are people of faith -- clergy, pastors, ministry and community leaders, men, women and young adults -- firmly committed to increasing civic participation in communities that traditionally have been disenfranchised or discriminated against.
Over the past year, AARA has been advancing the work of VASHTI. Our primary goal was to bring together a core group of 20-25 African American women in order to develop a women's faith-based leadership agenda for civic engagement and social justice.
Representing a new phase in People For the American Way Foundation's commitment to constitutional values through progressive leadership development, the Micah Leadership Council is a formal network of African American ministers and emerging faith and community leaders.