Ward 6 News ~ June 18, 2012

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren
June 18, 2012

Move to Amend


Last Friday, I led an event in City Hall where the Minneapolis City Council stood with Congressman Keith Ellison, a grassroots coalition called Move to Amend and cities across the nation in a unanimous resolution calling for a United States constitutional amendment to regulate corporate political spending and campaign financing.
 
In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission that corporations have free speech rights to unrestricted spending on political speech. The Minneapolis resolution states that corporations are not people and do not have constitutional rights, and that government should have the power to regulate them.
 
I am a strong believer that elections should be decided by living, breathing and thinking people – not by corporations. This is a municipal issue because local governments are vulnerable to corporate takeover. A few thousands of dollars, contributed anonymously, spent late in a local election could easily sway the entire election. Corporations could increasingly control the bodies that make local land use decisions, allocate public resources and regulate businesses.
 
The City of Minneapolis was one of many cities taking action during Resolutions Week, as local governments across the country decided to advance resolutions through their city and town councils, county boards and state legislatures to declare support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and support legislation to regulate campaign spending.
 
I’m proud that Minneapolis joins Duluth and St. Paul in passing these resolutions. I hope more Minnesota cities will consider this. 
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Move to Amend

Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

 

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Alondra at 673-2206 or alondra.cano@minneapolismn.gov to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

 
First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am
 
Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am
 
Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am
 
Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am
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Collection events for hazardous products

Minneapolis residents cleaning out their basements or reclaiming their garages can safely get rid of household hazardous materials at three collection events this summer. From paint, aerosol cans and pesticides to batteries and items containing mercury two collection events convenient for Minneapolis residents are:
•          July 26 - 28 at Dunwoody College of Technology
•          August 16 - 18 at Pillsbury School
For details and a list of materials accepted at the collection events, visit www.hennepin.us/collectionevents
For information on how City of Minneapolis recycling customers can safely dispose of all everyday items, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/whattodo
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From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Robert.Lilligren@minneapolismn.gov · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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