We the People, Not We the Corporations

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.

We Move to Amend.

". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."

             ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010


Are You All In?

January 22, 2018

Yesterday marked the 8 year "anniversary" of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision. It is also our public birthday as Move to Amend publicly launched that very day.

We were prepared and ready when very few others were.

We have been working tirelessly for the past 8 years to grow this movement. We started as a handful of people and now we are nearly 450,000 strong. This includes you.

A Sad Day

January 19, 2018

I’m so sorry to be writing today with tragic news.

Bob Ozretich, a co-founder and active leader of the Corvallis Area Move To Amend affiliate in central western Oregon, was killed by an impaired driver while volunteering for highway litter cleanup with a group from his local Unitarian Universalist congregation this week. Bob was a chemical oceanographer for 40 years at the Environmental Protection Agency before retiring in 2014.

Together with his wife Rachel, Bob not only played a critical role in Corvallis Area Move to Amend but also in laying the groundwork for a future statewide network of Oregon Move To Amend groups. He helped pass a 2012 advisory vote in the Corvallis City Council to urge state and federal representatives to support a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and money as speech. Most recently in 2015, Bob testified in support of a city resolution prohibiting Corvallis from investing in fossil fuel companies, which ultimately passed.

Through his organizing work in Move To Amend and other groups including the NAACP, his personal values of democracy and social justice were unwavering, as was his tireless commitment to making his community and the world a more just and equal place for everyone.