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

 

Announcements

Move to Amend Reports Features Michael Greenman, Moderator of Move to Amend's Interfaith Caucus

March 24, 2015

Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution through our internet radio program. Every Thursday at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.

This week features Ohio Move to Amend organizer Michael Greenman to talk with us about the Interfaith Caucus and the role of faith and conscience in the movement to amend the Constitution.
 

 

Monsanto Corporation Claims Corporate Personhood Trumps Vermonters’ Right to Require Labeling

March 17, 2015

In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law H.112 (Act 120), a mandatory GMO-labeling bill, despite well-known opposition from trans-national food corporations. When the law takes effect on July 1, 2016, it will open the pathway for other states to begin enacting their own GMO labeling laws. But corporate Agribusiness companies have sued Vermont, claiming that the law violates their First Amendment right not to speak.

Should McDonald’s & Monsanto Have the Same Rights as People? A Debate on Corporate Personhood

March 13, 2015

Five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United v. FEC decision striking down the prohibition on corporate expenditures in federal elections. In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people, with the same right to influence politics as voters. Meanwhile, many corporations including McDonald’s, Monsanto and Peabody Energy have cited the principle of corporate constitutional rights in recent efforts to fight back against new laws. McDonald’s and other franchises are suing the city of Seattle over its new $15-an-hour minimum wage law, arguing it violates its corporate personhood rights.

They are basing their case on the 14th Amendment, a constitutional provision written to protect newly freed slaves after the Civil War and ensure equal rights for all people. Monsanto is challenging Vermont’s recently passed GMO-labeling law under the First Amendment, claiming that it forces them to "speak" against their will. We host a debate on the movement to draft a constitutional amendment to overturn the doctrine of corporate constitutional rights with two guests: Ron Fein, legal director at Free Speech for People, and Kent Greenfield, professor of law and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law School.

Ronald McDonald and Friends Sue Seattle to Stop Minimum Wage Hike

March 9, 2015

Last summer, the City of Seattle passed a law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. But in a bizarre twist, Ronald McDonald and friends are suing the city. On March 10, they'll be in a federal courtroom, complaining that the new minimum wage violates a constitutional provision that was written to protect newly-freed slaves after the Civil War.

The International Franchise Association, with assistance from the National Restaurant Association and other industry trade groups, is claiming that the law is not just bad for their bottom line, but actually violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

What the (Bleep) Happened to Hip Hop?!

March 8, 2015

What the (Bleep) Happened to Hip Hop?! is an educational campaign to address the corporatization of culture and how corporate power has co-opted our music, dance, and other arts and how to build a movement to end corporate rule. Culture is a dynamic process that both reflects and creates consciousness, and it plays an important role in building a grassroots movement to amend the Constitution. The dominant culture is typically the culture of the ruling class, and when the ruling class is a corporate oligarchy commodifying the artistic products of We the People, culture becomes a vehicle for indoctrination -- reinforcing racist, sexist, and classist stereotypes in order to divide us into manageable social groups the ruling corporate elite can control.

Move to Amend Reports Features International Lecturer Dr. Erik Monasterio from New Zealand

March 8, 2015

Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution through our internet radio program. Every Thursday at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.

This week features clinical lecturer from New Zealand, Dr. Erik Monasterio, to talk with us about the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership and its implications for the international field of medicine and healthcare.