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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.

Extremists On the Bench: Five Years After Citizens United, Our Rogue Supreme Court

January 22, 2015

Thom Hartmann calls them “five unelected, unaccountable kings in black robes.” I call them five results-oriented corporatists who will twist their legal arguments into any pretzel logic necessary to recognize, and expand, the legal and Constitutional rights of corporations and the very wealthy, and to limit or take away completely the legal and Constitutional rights of natural human beings.

Move to Amend Reports Features Dr. Martin Luther King's Beyond Vietnam Speech

January 19, 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. 

In light of Martin Luther King Day and the fifth anniversary of Citizens United this week, we feature an excerpt from Dr. King's Beyond Vietnam speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967. Following the speech, we talk with National Leadership Team members Daniel Lee and George Friday about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and its connection with the Democracy Movement.

King’s Legacy, Our Future

January 19, 2015

What would Martin Luther King be doing right now had he not been cut down so violently in the prime of his life?

Would we find him in non-violent protest on the streets of Ferguson, New York City, Detroit, or any of the hundreds of other places where black people, especially black males, are routinely targeted because of the color of their skin?

Would we find him speaking out against a blatantly biased Grand Jury system unwilling to prosecute police officers?

One thing is for sure: we would find him fighting “the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism.” In many ways it is the same fight as our fight. The fight for economic and social justice cannot be won when corporations have Constitutional rights and money is protected political speech.

Move to Amend Reports Features Jamie Garcia from Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

January 12, 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 Stop LAPD Spying organizer Jamie Garcia to talk with us about the police militarization, public-private surveillance, and the convergence of counter-terrorism policies with civilian law enforcement.

Happy New Year from Move to Amend Reports!

January 1, 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.

On our first edition of the New Year, we feature Move To Amend Executive Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap along with Outreach Director and Leadership Team member David Cobb to talk with us about where we have been in 2014 and where together we are going through 2015. Happy New Year!

Please step up for democracy today

December 29, 2014

The secret to Move to Amend’s success is pretty simple:

1. Your commitment to the American ideal.
2. Grassroots organizing.

That’s right. We succeed because of your love for this country and what it could be. And, because you’ve stood up and taken action. We succeed because you pay it forward!

Please help us reach our year-end goal. We must raise $100,000. We need to close our budget shortfall for 2014 and get 2015 off to a great start. Please donate $28, $50, $100, $500, or whatever you can afford. Your contribution will make sure Move to Amend meets the growing demand from our grassroots organizing.

“Top” 10 Democracy Realities in 2014

December 28, 2014

This is the second of a two part series. Like part 1, “top” is in parenthesis to acknowledge the relative nature of the selections. There is no presumption that this is the definitive list. Readers will, no doubt, have their own ideas.

The lens used to determine both lists were what were impediments/possibilities for We the People to have genuine opportunities to have their voices heard and ability to shape decisions impacting the world around them.

Overall, 2014 saw a surge in participation of people seeking to build power for just and peaceful change. The quest to build mass movements linked issues, strategies and people in ways unseen for many years.

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