2020 Caucus Resolution and Instructions

January 22, 2020

It is Caucus Time.
Precinct Caucuses are Tuesday, February 25, 2020

2020 Minnesota We the People Caucus Resolution

WHEREAS, through a long line of U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past hundred plus years, artificial entities have been given U. S. Constitutional rights intended only for natural persons; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a series of decisions since 1976, but most notably in its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision, has declared that the right to spend money to influence our elections, whether by individuals or legal entities, is protected by the U.S. Constitutional First Amendment free speech rights;

RESOLVED, we defend democracy, a system of government in which power is vested in the people, and call for an amendment to the United States Constitution to establish that:

Only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights, and
Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.

FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED, we support legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution accordingly as written in Minnesota SF2038 (Marty) and HF 2701 (Dehn) and U.S. Congress HJR48 (Jayapal).

Minnesota We the People Caucus Resolution Instructions

The Minnesota Move to Amend State Network needs people to bring our proposed U.S. Constitution amendment language to Minnesota caucuses all over the state. We need members of all political parties to attend their local caucuses to present the We the People Resolution.  If you will not be going, please pass this along to someone who is.

Precinct caucuses are neighborhood meetings with people of your own political party. They are not necessarily held in the same place as where you vote; therefore check here to find the location - http://mnvotesinfo.sos.state.mn.us/voters/precinct-caucus/.  

The purpose of caucuses is to select delegates that will endorse your candidates and to adopt resolutions supporting issues you care about. At the caucus during the allotted time, you will read your resolution, discussion will occur, and then it will be voted on to determine if the resolution moves on to the next level. Anyone can read a resolution and anyone can volunteer to be a delegate to go to the next level; perhaps all the way to the state convention.

It is important that we use the same Resolution as it will have more impact if identical wording comes from many precincts.  Please print our 2020 Minnesota We the People Caucus Resolution and bring it with you to your precinct caucus.   A Resolution Form will be provided to you at the caucus when you attend and if you don’t know Congressional District, Organizing Unit, Precinct or other similar information they can help.

Instructions for Resolution Form

However, If you are caucusing with the DFL just print the attached pdf.  We have placed the resolution on the form already.

If caucusing with the GOP contact them at MNGOP.org.

In general, attach the We the People Resolution to the Resolution Form. You may want to bring tape or a paperclip to assist your attachment of the resolution to the form. When you attach the resolution put the two RESOLVED paragraphs in the RESOLVED section.  The WHEREAS paragraphs are the points that support this resolution.  If there is not a specific place for them tape them to the back.  Forms may vary for the Republican, Democratic, and Green Party caucuses.

Reporting results of your caucus

We want to track the adoption of our resolution at caucuses around the state. If you attend a caucus and read our resolution, please email the - MN House District (example:  52A) and name/number of the precinct caucus (example:  South St Paul P-2) you attended and the results, to minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.   Please write “Caucus Report” in the subject field.

The caucus is the first step. So if you have time and opportunity to join the Resolutions Committee please do so. If we can get members moving forward with the We the People Resolution it will help ensure our resolution moves on through the process to the state conventions.

Let’s continue to get the Move to Amend message out there. Good Luck to you and enjoy your caucus.

If you have questions do not hesitate to email us at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.  Please write “Caucus Question” in the subject field.