Move to Amend Reports Features What the (Bleep) Happened to Hip Hop This February

February 22, 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.

February is African American History Month. We will be focusing our programs on Move to Amend's partnership with international grassroots organization Hip Hop Congress to present What the (Bleep) Happened to Hip Hop, a public education campaign to address the corporatization of music, dance, and other art forms and shine a critical lens on race, class, and gender in contemporary American culture. This month we feature artists, activists, and organizers supporting this national campaign to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over culture and how it connects with their use of corporate constitutional rights.

Check back regularly for updates and podcast links.

In Absence of Accountability, General Motors Kills Hundreds of People for Profit

February 6, 2015

When corporations are left unchecked, people die. This reality has never been starker than in the ongoing automobile recall botched by General Motors Company.

When top executives at the world's largest automaker were informed of a fatal defect in popular vehicles the company manufactured, they had a responsibility to protect the public from their mistake as soon as possible. But rather than take responsibility for faulty products, corporate executives chose to hide their mistakes – disregarding the safety and wellbeing of millions of people driving their vehicles. This was all for the sake of profit.

Five Corporations You've Never Heard of Are Making Millions From Mass Incarceration

January 30, 2015

Likely the most well-known prison profiteers in the United States are the Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group. Between them, these two firms pulled in about $3.3 billion last year running scores of private prisons and immigration detention centers.

However, these two firms are not alone feasting at the trough of corrections expenditure. Many other companies, most of them off the popular radar, are also benefiting from epidemic prison and jail building. Some may even be even operating in your neighborhood. Here we'll do a quick sketch of five such companies, outline their activities, ponder their deeds of infamy, and reflect a little on how to curtail their profiteering.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the TPP Fast Track Attempt

January 29, 2015

Perhaps some of the most under-reported news last year was the fact that a real movement formed in the US that stopped the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fast track in Congress.

We knew then that the TPP wasn’t dead, and it would reappear in the next Congress. We were right: rumors are circulating on Capitol Hill that TPP fast track legislation will be introduced soon — as early as this week.

The TPP is still shrouded in secrecy, but the leaked parts are frightening. From food, medicine and the environment to the Internet and intelligence, the TPP is moving us towards complete corporate domination including trading away our own sovereignty and justice system for the sake of profit. It is more than a free trade deal, it’s a free for all for multi-national corporations.

Take action! Contact your members of Congress today:

Move to Amend Reports Features Rachael Sharp of Creative Strategies for Change

January 29, 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 the co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Strategies for Change, Rachael Sharp, to talk with us about their work to bridge the social divides and engage communities on all sides through mobilizing arts and education for social justice.

The true cost of Citizens United: The Roberts Court’s darkest hour revisited

January 24, 2015

It’s been five years since the Supreme Court decided Citizens United, which allowed unlimited corporate money into the political system and increased the domination of democracy by the wealthy elite. Money has indeed overwhelmed the system since 2008. This rise of big money in politics has endangered democracy and emboldened those who want to put democracy up for sale to aggressively attack the modest campaign spending regulations that still remain.

5th Anniversary of Citizen’s United: A Wake-up Call to America

January 22, 2015

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizen’s United ruling, a decision that has come to symbolize the issue of corporate power in American politics. Controversy erupted immediately after the ruling was announced, and even President Obama joined the chorus just days later to scold the high court justices as they sat before him in the audience at his 2010 State of the Union address. Cries of “Corporations are not people!” and “Overturn Citizen’s United!” have proliferated ever since, especially in progressive circles, though notably with little impact on actual policy.

Given the intense reaction of many to Citizen’s United, one might have thought that the case somehow changed the nature of power and politics in America. In fact, however, Citizen’s United can best be understood as a decision that made a terrible situation just a bit worse. Truth be told, the influence of money in American politics was already out of control long before the court issued the 2010 decision, as was the problem of corporate power in general.