What You Need to Know to Affiliate With Move to Amend
Members of the Move to Amend Coalition come from all walks of life in support of our mission to amend the Constitution! Volunteers can serve as Advocates representing Move to Amend individually, or groups of volunteers can team up to form an Affiliate representing Move to Amend as a group. 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 role 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 their role.
If you're applying as an individual, please download and fill out the Advocate Application.
If you are applying as a group, please download and fill out the Affiliate Application.
(Please note that you will need a minimum of five members to start a Move to Amend Affiliate. If you have less than five folks but still want to form an Affiliate, 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 to read the following articles. If you're applying as a group, 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:
- Advocate Memorandum of Understanding / 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 schedule an orientation conference call with applicants. If you're an Affiliate, please plan to have as many people in your group's leadership on this call as possible. Orientation calls are usually held Thursdays at 4pm Pacific, but we can work with you to arrange an alternative day and time if this will not work.
This call will provide a chance for applicants 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 advocate/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 Director at affiliate-support [at] movetoamend.org or call 916-318-8040. Download the Advocate or Affiliate Applications below.
Support for Advocates & 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 to serve as their website
- Access to Move to Amend petition signers within their geographic area
- Database infrastructure to support local organizing and community engagement
- Online and in-person training opportunities and strategy discussions with MTA National leadership
- An @movetoamend.org email address
- Social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram (if you want to use social media)
- Transparency on decisions made by the MTA National Staff and Board of Directors
- Support and mentorship via telephone, email, and video conference as much as possible within our resources
Advocates and 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 and Responsibilities for Advocates and Affiliates
- 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 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 Move to Amend's 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 the requested contact information and other documentation with that application.
- Implement a functional process or structure for welcoming new people to participate with Move to Amend, and also make decisions democratically, with transparency and accountable leadership
- Firm commitment to anti-oppression practicies and principles (leadership and involvement of women and people from oppressed and marginalized communities such as people of color, LGTBQ+, etc.)
- Has a history of networking with other social justice organizations (eg. anti-racist, 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 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 Advocates and 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 representatives 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.