What You Need to Know to Affiliate Your Group With Move to Amend
If you're just getting started forming a MTA group, we encourage you to take a look at our "Five Easy Steps to Start a New Group" and related materials in the Take Action Toolkit to get started.
Goals of the Affiliation Process
- To assure that applicants understand:
- The Move to Amend campaign, its goals, values and strategies
- The criteria we expect them to fulfill as local representatives of Move to Amend
- The resources available from the Move to Amend National Team to assist them in community organizing to fulfill the criteria.
Please note that you will need a minimum of five members to start a Move to Amend group. If you have less than five folks please contact us so we can discuss how to help you grow. We've found that teams of less than five struggle to form an effective group.
Before filling out the application please be sure all members of your group have read these articles and have a group discussion about them to be sure your group understands Move to Amend's principles and background:
- Affiliate Memorandum of Understanding
- Why Abolish All Corporate Constitutional Rights
- Why Move to Amend Centralizes the Work of Dismantling Racism and Other Oppressions
- Why We Need a Democracy Movement
- Move to Amend Background and Founding
After reading and discussing the articles as a group, please fill out the application and submit it affiliate-support [at] movetoamend.org for review by the National Move to Amend Team.
We will then invite the leadership of your group to an orientation conference call. Please plan to have as many people on your group on this call as possible. Orientation calls are usually held Thursdays at 4pm Pacific.
This call will provide a chance for the applying group to ask questions, and serve to establish shared goals, ideas and expectations. The National Team will then approve or deny the application, and the new affiliate will be asked to return the signed Memorandum of Understanding within two weeks. The National Team will then create all affiliate social media, email, website and database accounts for the Affiliate.
If you have any questions, contact the Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator at affiliate-support [at] movetoamend.org or call 916-318-8040. Download the Affiliate Application below.
Support for Affiliates Provided by Move to Amend National
- Material generation for local organizing, national action and event opportunities
- Web, telephone, and in-person conferencing/networking opportunities
- A dedicated page on the MTA website for each group to serve as their website
- Access to Move to Amend petition signers within a group's geographic area
- Database infrastructure to support local organizing and public engagement
- Online and in-person training opportunities and strategy discussions
- A @movetoamend.org email address for each group
- Social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for each group (if your group wants to use social media)
- Transparency on decisions made by the MTA National Board and Staff
- Support and mentorship via telephone and email as much as possible within our resources
Affiliate members are also eligible to participate in national organizing work through our National Committees, provided those individuals meet requirements and expectations as outlined by the Committees.
Expectations for Affiliates and Affiliate Responsibilities
- Share local membership/supporter/organizing lists with the national Move to Amend organization by collecting petitions and regularly uploading data to the Move to Amend database
- Keep your web page on movetoamend.org current and updated with relevant and appropriate content
- Regular use and enhancement of MTA's database infrastructure
- Participation in monthly Coalition Conference Call
- Active participation of MTA's Movement Education Program (completion of the current program and continuation of the process as it evolves)
- Submit brief monthly reports to keep MTA National updated about your local activities
The above expectations are outlined in more detail in the Affiliate Memorandum of Understanding, which must be signed by all affiliate leadership before becoming a MTA affiliate.
Criteria for Affiliation with Move to Amend
- Acceptance and support for the We the People Amendment and our Core Principles
- Support for Move to Amend's emphasis on movement building and grassroots organizing
- Has applied to Move to Amend for affiliation and has provided leadership contact list and other documentation with that application.
- Has implemented a functional structure that allows for new people to participate and get involved and also make decisions democratically, with accountable leadership, and a commitment to anti-oppression (leadership and involvement of women and people from oppressed communities such as people of color, LGTBQ+, etc.)
- Has a history of networking with other organizations (eg. social justice, labor, environmental, faith, etc.), or is involved in that networking from the start of formation.
- Evidence of good faith efforts to achieve gender balance in group leadership and organization.
- Evidence of good faith efforts to empower individuals and groups from oppressed communities, through, for example leadership responsibilities and alliances with community-based organizations.
Move to Amend Organizing Principles
Move to Amend is guided by these Core Principles. We believe we will only succeed if its local organizations build a broad-based movement in communities across the country. To this end, all Affiliates are expected to gain the skills needed to build a movement that is inclusive across lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic class.
Local Move to Amend organizations are expected to work to build excitement at the state and local levels about being part of a larger movement, and about the process of movement building itself. All local Move to Amend organizations should also strive to empower their members, and help them develop the skills they need to be effective. Move to Amend is non-partisan (not affiliated with any political party) and welcomes engaging people with diverse viewpoints.
To assist local organizations in this process, the national Move to Amend organization will provide training and support through the Movement Education Program and other resources. In addition, we will provide information on locally available resources, and will assist local organizations in establishing channels of communication so that they can educate and support one another.