The National Campaign to End Corporate Personhood and Demand Real Democracy!
News and Announcements from the Move to Amend Coalition
October Webinar: Introduction to Move to Amend
This month we’re offering an Introduction to Move to Amend.
Move to Amend’s National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap will walk through how to get involved with Move to Amend. We’ll tell you about how you can get involved with Move to Amend, what we have planned for the months ahead, and our plan to pass the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
➤➤ RSVP for the webinar at: http://movetoamend.nationbuilder.com/webinar_10062015
Missed our September webinar about Engaging Organized Labor / Labor Unions? Check out the video recording here: https://movetoamend.org/toolkit/engaging-organized-labor-and-labor-unions-sept-2015
Move to Amend Grassroots Campaign News…
In Ohio, the folks at Toledo Move to Amend participated in Toledo’s annual PRIDE parade in late August, marching in solidarity alongside LGBTQA folks. This marks another in a series of movement-building action led by Toledo organizers.
In July, Toledo volunteers collected 11,000 signatures to send the initiative to the city’s voters. The petition states that the voters of Toledo support amending the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and would establish yearly public hearings to discuss concerns over money in politics and corporate influence.
➤➤ Big thanks to fellow Amenders Douglas Jambard-Sweet, Maysoon Otaibi, Randy Moore, and all the Toledo folks for their great show of solidarity and all their hard work!
In Hawai’i, the Hawai’i County Council passed two resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and get money out of politics! The council voted 6-3 to approve a resolution presented by North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff to pressure the state’s congressional representatives to push for an amendment in Washington and voted 7-2 asking Hawai’i State Association of Counties to include the measure in its priorities package for the state legislature.
Dozens of people submitted written or oral testimony, all in favor of the measure. Kona volunteers collected more than 2,000 signed petitions in support of amending the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
Hawai’i was the first state in the nation to call for a constitutional amendment clarifying the distinction between people and corporations following the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. That resolution, sponsored by request by the late Rep. Bob Herkes, D-Ka‘u, was helpful, but it didn’t go far enough, said Marvin Feldman of Kona Move to Amend. “It is essential that the will of the people be expressed by our government,” said Feldman.
More than 600 resolutions have been passed by local governments across the country calling for an amendment and 16 states have passed similar resolutions.
➤➤ Big thanks to all our volunteers in Hawai’i for all your great work helping to pass these resolutions!
Move to Amend Reports Weekly Podcast Returns!
- Thursday, September 3 – Thom Hartmann, TV & Radio personality and author talks the recent introduction of the We the People Amendment in Congress (REPLAY)
- Thursday, September 10 – Mike Ferner & David Cobb, coordinators for Move to Amend’s Labor Caucus talks about the need for organized labor in the democracy movement
- · Thursday, September 17 – Paul Street, historian and author talks about the impact of progressive campaigns on the 2016 election cycle
- · Thursday, September 24 – Tia Oso, organizer for the Black Lives Matter movement, talks about direct action tactics making Racial Justice a central issue in the 2016 elections.
- Thursday, October 1 – Scott Parkin, organizer and trainer for Rising Tide North America and Rainforest Action Network, talks about the role of non-violent civil disobedience in movements for systemic change.
- Thursday, October 8 – Nancy Price, co-chair for Alliance for Democracy and former board member for Move to Amend, talks with us about how “trade-free zones” instead of free trade zones can counter the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and Trade in services Agreement.
➤➤ Tune in live on Thursdays or check out the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend.
Move to Amend Reports, our weekly online podcast, is back with a revised format and new airtime, every Thursday mornings at 10:00am EST!
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Join the Interfaith Caucus of Move to Amend!
How much more powerful can this movement be when thousands and then millions of us come together in outrage about the violation corporate action causes to our most cherished beliefs, values, principles and doctrines?
It is the purpose of the MTA Interfaith Caucus to work together at national, state, local, and faith community levels to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirming that only human beings, not corporations have constitutional rights and that money is not the equivalent of political speech. We are seeking to bring to our nation a democracy where all natural people, regardless of race, gender, religion, economic condition, ethnic background, political persuasion, or sexual orientation can participate meaningfully in a just society. We believe that people of faith and conscience have a distinct role to play in this endeavor to amend the United States Constitution as an expression of our convictions and we are joining hands to face down the inhumanity of corporate rule.
Share the Timeline of Personhood Rights and Powers at Your Next Event!
This timeline was developed by Jan Edwards of Point Arena, CA. Jan lead the effort to pass the first ever resolution to end corporate personhood in her town of Point Arena, CA in 2000.
This timeline is a great education tool to explain how corporations have used the legal system to gain constitutional “personhood rights” through court decisions and how people have organized to gain constitutional rights through amendments (with a few exceptions).
Choose laminated or not.
- Small size: 2 feet by 11 feet.
- Large size: 3 feet by 17 feet.
From Our Website…
- Buying Free Speech: The Impact and Influence of Koch Money
- TOOLKIT: Talking Points for Organized Labor
- Corporations Sue Hawaiian Government and Attempt to Overturn Laws They Say Violate Their Constitutional Rights
- TOOLKIT: Collect Move to Amend Petitions
- ‘Only human beings have constitutional rights;’ Q&A with Move to Amend’s David Cobb
- TOOLKIT: Tips for Bird Dogging Candidates
In The News…
- Conflict Mineral Ruling ‘Sets Dangerous Precedent’ on Corporate Personhood
- Protesters have no free-speech rights on Supreme Court’s front porch
- Now That We’re Talking About Citizenship, Let’s Revoke Corporate Personhood
- NSA Spying Relies on AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’
- Shadow Puppets: Outside Groups Pulling the Strings in 2016 Election
- Demanding Water Rights, Indigenous Protesters Tell McCain ‘Get Off Our Land’
- The Racial Equity Impact of Secret Political Spending By Government Contractors