News and Announcements from the Move to Amend Coalition
New Co-Sponsors for We The People Amendment!
Move to Amend is pleased to announce six new co-sponsors for our We The People Amendment — introduced in the US House of Representatives by Rick Nolan (MN) in April 2015!
Representatives Betty McCollum (MN), Mark Takano (CA), Danny Davis (IL), Barbara Lee (CA), Michael Capuano (MA), and Walter Jones (NC) have stepped up to support House Joint Resolution 48 — the only amendment that deals with both Supreme Court doctrines granting constitutional rights to artificial entities and defining spending money as free speech!
Their support for the movement to amend in Congress comes in no small part to the great work of Move to Amend supporters in California, Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Carolina who leaned on their Representatives to urge them to get on board.
Big thanks to Representatives Rick Nolan (MN), Mark Pocan (WI), Matthew Cartwright (PA), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Keith Ellison (MN), Ed Blumenauer (OR), Peter DeFazio (OR), and Louise Slaughter (NY), Betty McCollum (MN), Mark Takano (CA), Danny Davis (IL), Barbara Lee (CA), Michael Capuano (MA), and Walter Jones (NC) for standing with Move to Amend!
Don’t forget to tell your senator to introduce the We The People Amendment in the Senate! Click here to send a message!
Move to Amend Grassroots Campaign News…
In Ohio, residents in Kent achieved a victory for democracy on Election Day! Over 64% of Kent voters approved Issue 43, a proposed charter amendment calling for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and money being equal to free speech.
The charter amendment will require the City of Kent to hold an annual “Democracy Day” public hearing for residents to testify on the impact of big money from the wealthy and corporate entities to influence elections. The victory for Kent residents arrives shortly after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously to reinstate their ballot initiative after city officials tried to block the initiative using “home-rule” authority to conflict with the state constitution.
Kent joins 6 other Ohio communities — Brecksville, Newburgh Heights, Defiance, Cleveland Heights, Chagrin Falls and Mentor — to pass citizen-driven “Democracy Day” measures. City Councils in 10 other communities have also passed resolutions calling for the same constitutional amendment. More than 500 communities nationwide have passed either citizen initiatives or council resolutions as part of the national movement to amend the Constitution.
“The idea is that if enough cities do this, we will reach a tipping point and get a constitutional amendment that says that corporations are not people, and that money is not speech,” said Kent Citizens for Democracy spokesperson Lee Brooker. “Until that happens, the voters of Kent will have gone on record as rejecting the unacceptable, corrupting notions of corporate personhood and money as speech.”
➤➤ Congratulations to the folks in Kent and our volunteers in Ohio for all their great work!
In Washington, volunteers for the WAmend Coalition have gathered more than 200,000 signatures for I-735, more than 4/5 of the way to the minimum requirement! We need to get another 120,000 signatures by the end of the year to be sure we can cover a 20% invalid rate as recommended by the WA Secretary of State.
Move to Amend has partnered with WAmend to put Initiative-735 on the ballot in 2016. WAmend’s goal is to collect a minimum of 320,000 signatures by this November. We need all hands on deck in Washington and neighboring states to get this resolution on the ballot before the submission deadline on December 31st.
Move to Amend Reports Weekly Podcast: End-of-Year Schedule
Move to Amend connects you with the activists and organizers working on the frontlines of the democracy movement, to bring you the lowdown on corporate rule, corporate personhood, and money as speech. Tune in any time of day — from your morning commute to your evening downtime — or download us from iTunes!
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November & December Schedule:
- Thursday, November 5 – Maru Mora-Villalpando, immigrant-rights activist and founder of Latino Advocacy, LLC, share her story as an undocumented immigrant in a conversation about the Not One More Campaign, the growing resistance to private detention centers, and how the undocumented community is organizing to end deportation.
- Thursday, November 12 – Part 1 of an extended conversation with independent journalist and anti-war activist Norman Solomon about the role of journalism, whistleblowers, and the military-industrial complex in shaping the future of democracy.
- Thursday, November 19 – Part 2 of an extended conversation with independent journalist and anti-war activist, Norman Solomon about the role of journalism, whistleblowers, and the military-industrial complex in shaping the future of democracy.
- Thursday, November 26 – A special Democracy Now! broadcast featuring late historian and world war veteran Howard Zinn as he examines the Revolutionary, Civil, and Second World Wars to ask the question, “Is war ever good?”
- Thursday, December 3 – Shannon Biggs, co-founder and director of Movement Rights, joins us to talk about the Rights of Nature and Communities and how we can assert these rights over corporate “rights” and interests.
- Thursday, December 10 – MTA Board Member and youth activist, Edgar Franks & Alfredo “Lelo” Ceferino, talk with us about the farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justica and the national boycotts against corporate agribusiness, Sakuma Farms and Driscoll.
➤➤ Check out our podcast archives at BlogTalkRadio.com or tune in at iTunes!
Applications Due November 20 for 2016 Spring/Summer Internship Program
We have positions open in the following areas:
- Media & Communications
- Field Organizing
- Development & Fundraising
- Law & Research
➤➤ Find out more about our internship program here.
Bring Move to Amend’s Mini-Documentary to Your Next Holiday Gathering!
Looking to get involved in Move to Amend or help spread the word this Harvest Holiday? Share our mini-documentary, Legalize Democracy, over a delicious holiday meal!
This film is a 30-minute explanation of why we need an amendment to the Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech, featuring members of the National Leadership Team and a historical breakdown of the story of the Supreme Court cases that shaped the doctrine of “corporate personhood”, the rights guaranteed by amendments fought for by people’s movements, and the intersection of law and culture that codified and created discrimination based on race.
This is fast-paced, educational, and inspirational “entertainment” for your Harvest Holiday, and will give your families & friends a great introduction for why they should support Move to Amend!
From Our Website…
- WEBINAR: Engaging Organized Labor and Labor Unions
- TOOLKIT: Pass a Local Resolution
- California’s Drought Policy Serves Corporations First, People Second
- TOOLKIT: Intro to Organized Labor for MTA Volunteers
- No Retreat
- TOOLKIT: Talking Points for Conservatives
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- The Rigging of the American Market
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