To the editor,

We thank The Herald-Independent and McFarland Thistle for the articles and for printing the letters regarding Monona’s United to Amend efforts to solicit signatures and help educate our residents as to how we all can participate in joining a movement to get “big money” out of politics.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the volunteers who gathered signatures and did literature drops throughout Monona this past month. In November, the petitions will be turned in to the Monona city clerk, who will then present them to our city council, in order to place a referendum on the Monona 2017 spring ballot. The referendum question will ask Monona residents whether we support a constitutional amendment to clarify that only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights … not corporations, unions, nonprofits or other artificial entities, and that money is not speech; therefore, regulating political spending and contributions would not equate to limiting speech.

Monona United to Amend also extends a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you who signed petitions and to our Monona municipal workers who have helped facilitate this process. We have collected approximately 1,100 signatures in favor of putting the referendum on the spring ballot, and may reach a total of 1,200 when all of the petitions have been turned in. This greatly exceeds our original goal of 950 signatures.

Monona United to Amend plans to do an additional “lit drop” in early spring to remind everyone about the referendum to be voted upon on April 4, 2017. We will also have signage throughout the city promoting a “Yes” vote. Our goal is for a resounding passage of this referendum to join 78 other Wisconsin communities that have already done so.

This grassroots effort throughout Wisconsin communities shows our state legislators that we would like them to pass a state resolution in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution and to thus join 17 other state legislatures that have done so.

We thank everyone who has donated time, money or materials to this process. Anyone interested in helping this effort in the spring or making a donation, please contact Janet Vinje or Wally Brinkmann at vinje@att.net or wabrinkm@wisc.edu, respectively.

All members will be contacted via e-mail of all upcoming related activities.

Monona United to Amend Core Committee: Wally Brinkmann, Kathy Williams, Tricia Gundlach, Kathy Witte, Janet Vinje, Susan Fox, Kathy Thomas, Susan Manning

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