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.

On the Road to the US Social Forum 2015

March 5, 2015

The USSF is more than an event, it is a movement building process led by poor people, people of color, immigrants, women, LGBT people -- the people and organizations on the very front lines of struggle to make real the promise of U.S. democracy. The USSF provides a space for justice and democracy to combine, a foundation from which we can build a true democracy movement. Opportunities for education, networking, and coalition building are everywhere you turn.

We are dispatching a team of organizers to each event to hold workshops on why we need a Constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and big money in politics. 

And we're thrilled to be working in coalition with several other organizations to hold a "Peoples Movement Assembly" in each city, on the question: “What does a democratic Constitution look like?”

In addition, each gathering will be linked via video-conferencing and live-streamed.The potential to reach a hundred thousand people is real.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the TPP Fast Track Attempt

March 4, 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: