Social Justice Group Public Event: “Reclaiming our Democracy,” Ken Chestek, UW Professor of Law

Date(s) - May 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper


The American people have the opportunity, and responsibility, to participate in the democratic process – especially at the state and local levels. An informational meeting to discuss the impact of unaccountable money in Wyoming elections will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper, 1040 W. 15th Street, Casper, WY.

Guest presenter, Ken Chestek, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming, will discuss how the “corporations are people” and “money is speech” metaphors allow vast sums of money to be injected at all levels of the electoral and governance processes.

The Wyoming Constitution provides that, “In their inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all members of the human race are equal.” The words “human race” clearly and explicitly preserve political rights only for natural persons.

Many concerned Americans believe corporations are good tools for economic activity, but they are not the same as a human being, therefore to give them the same rights as human beings is mistake.

This is a bi-partisan issue where 18 states, have called upon Congress to propose a 28th Amendment which would clarify the rights of corporations as subordinate to the rights of natural persons, and that corporate spending in the election process be regulated or eliminated. Former Senator Alan Simpson is a Wyoming leader who is strongly in favor of adopting such a resolution.

The Wyoming Constitution clearly vests the citizens of the state with the power to control and regulate corporations in the interest of the public good and general welfare.

Everyone who is concerned and would like to learn more should plan to attend this important meeting. For more information contact the UU Casper Social Justice Group at