9 years later

January 22, 2019

This week marks the 9th Anniversary of Citizens United vs FEC, the (in)famous Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates of money in elections from the super rich and corporate entities -- further drowning out the voices of those of us without money, which is most of us!  

Move to Amend was here right at the beginning -- in fact we formed *before*Citizens United to be ready! We publicly launched our campaign on the day of the decision and passing the 28th Amendment has been our priority ever since!

The corporate hijacking of elections and government predates Citizens United by decades -- in the case of corporate constitutional rights, by more than a century! 

Commemorating the anniversary of Citizens United is an excellent opportunity to educate, advocate and organize around the fundamental solution: ending the influence of big money in elections and ending all forms of corporate constitutional rights by passing the We the People Amendment.

Here are 5 ideas for what you can do:

1. Get involved in Move to Amend!

We've made big strides in the past nine years but there's still much work to be done. Join the grassroots movement for the 28th Amendment by signing up here: http://movetoamend.org/volunteer. After you sign up one of our team members will give you a call to help you get started!

2. Become a monthly donor!

Especially if you don't have the time to volunteer, you can at least pitch in to help others who are doing the work to end Citizens United every day. Become a monthly donor now to pitch in in a critical way:http://movetoamend.org/monthly

3. Give your local electeds an update!

If your municipality passed a Move to Amend resolution anytime over the last 9 years, attend your next local council or trustees meeting (bring others with you if you can). Most meetings have opportunities for the general public to speak. Thank council for their far-reaching action.

Give an update on the We the People Amendment (including how 65 US Representatives co-sponsored in the last session and more expected in 2019-2020, along with introduction for the first time in the U.S. Senate, plus more than 700 communities and states having passed resolutions or ballot measures -- many of them listed here).

Ask your local elected reps to personally take the Pledge to Amend. Finally, ask them to reach out to state or federal representatives to ask them to take the Pledge to Amend (for state Representatives and Senators) and to co-sponsor the We the People Amendment.

4. Get a local resolution passed!

If your municipality has not yet passed a Move to Amend resolution, again, attend your next local council or trustees meeting (and bring others with you!) and ask the Council or Commissioners to introduce a resolution (sample here). 

Additional tips:

  • It's critical elected officials and the public understand that the goal of our constitutional amendment is much deeper than only reversingCitizens United. It's about ending political money defined as constitutionally-protected “free speech” AND ending all forms of corporate constitutional rights. Corporations have hijacked the courts to win civil and property rights that have overturned democratically-enacted laws and regulations that have protected people, communities and the environment. Simply having elections that are less corrupted does nothing to address constitutional rights won by corporations through the Supreme Court.

  • Let your local media know you will be speaking at your council/trustees meeting

  • Use the event as an opportunity to recruit people from other groups to testify on the negative impact of money in elections and corporate constitutional rights on their issues.

5. Circulate the Motion to Amend petition

Adding more people to our national list is the only way we will build the necessary people power to build a grassroots movement required to pressure Congress and our state legislatures to pass and ratify the We the People Amendment. Spend 1-2 hours over the next week petitioning in a public place. Recruit a few others to join you. Or you can forward this link to your friends and family and ask them to sign up online: http://movetoamend.org/join

6. BONUS TIP: Follow Move to Amend on Social Media!

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Thanks for all you do! Let's keep it up!!

Kaitlin, Jessica, Keyan, Shelly, Greg, Ambrosia, Saleem, Gabby, Garrett, Milly
Move to Amend National Staff Team