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Move to Amend Reports Features Jesse Hagopian This Week

July 14, 2014

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 teacher, author, and activist Jesse Hagopian to talk about the damage done by corporate education reform and the new grassroots movement of teachers, students, and parents building the alternative.

"Campaign Finance Reform" - That'll Shut 'Em Up

July 12, 2014

Remember in 2009, when the way our elections were financed was perfect, corporate power was reined in by Congress, and everything was A-OK and hunky-dory? Me neither.

Liberals have been rejoicing over the introduction and recent committee passage of SJR-19, a proposed constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. FEC and McCutcheon vs. FEC decisions. In essence, the amendment says states have the power to regulate campaign spending, and Congress has the power to regulate outside spending in elections. Sounds good, right? Wrong.

Thrown Out of Court: How Corporations Became People You Can't Sue

July 9, 2014

Two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings—AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion and American Express v. Italian Colors—have deeply undercut these centuries-old public rights, by empowering businesses to avoid any threat of private lawsuits or class actions. The decisions culminate a thirty-year trend during which the judiciary, including initially some prominent liberal jurists, has moved to eliminate courts as a means for ordinary Americans to uphold their rights against companies. The result is a world where corporations can evade accountability and effectively skirt swaths of law, pushing their growing power over their consumers and employees past a tipping point.

KPFK Radio's Peter Mathews Will Feature David Cobb This Thursday

July 2, 2014

Peter Mathews, a previous guest on Move to Amend Reports, will feature David Cobb, Michael Parenti, and Pamm Larry on his radio show from 3PM to 4PM this Thursday on KPFK 90.7 FM and KPFK.ORG.

"Standing up for Social and Economic Justice" will be the theme as Peter Mathews interviews three leaders in the struggle to create a more just, peaceful, sustainable, and healthy world.

The Supreme Court is Out of Control

July 1, 2014

Yesterday the Supreme Court further expanded the "rights" of corporations in their decision for Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The Court majority ruled that corporations have the right to freedom of religion under the First Amendment. This sets the precedent that they can opt out of following laws if they violate the corporation's "religious beliefs".

Move to Amend strongly believes in the protection of Freedom of Religion under the First Amendment -- for human beings.

Regardless of your position on the details of the case as they relate to contraception, or the Affordable Care Act, or your personal religious beliefs, we hope you can see how alarming it is to make the case that a corporation itself has a religion. A corporation is separate from the individual owners by definition because of limited liability -- if an owner wants to be separate from their organization to shield themselves from responsibility for the corporation's actions, it makes no sense that they can also imbue the organization with something so personal as their religion.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate Any Amendment Must Include Ending Corporate Personhood!

July 1, 2014

Senate Joint Resolution 19 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, but it doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights at all.

Please send a message to the authors of SJR19 -- let them know that Corporate Personhood MUST be included in the language of the amendment...

Move to Amend Reports Features Georgia Kelly This Week

June 30, 2014

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 executive director of Praxis Peace Institute Georgia Kelly to talk with us about the intersection of economics and the environment, which will be the topic of focus for the upcoming Economics of Sustainability Conference this October.

Move to Amend Reports Features Shamayim "Shu" Harris & Carl Gibson this Week

June 23, 2014

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, we talk about the dire situation for people in Detroit, living under "emergency management" since Michigan's state government declared a financial emergency leading up to the city declaring bankruptcy last summer. We are joined by two guests joining us: Shamayim "Shu" Harris, founder and directress of the Moon Ministry and Project Goddess, and Carl Gibson, co-founder of US Uncut.

Why Corporate 'Negative Speech Rights' Is as Dangerous as Corporate Free Speech

June 19, 2014

Only in America would the First Amendment be twisted like this.

We all know about political free speech. With a few exceptions, you can say what you want, whether people listen or not. But corporations have twisted the First Amendment to claim that their free speech rights as “people” also means that they cannot be forced by government to put warning labels on their packaging. An established and growing body of law elevates private marketing above public health warnings.

It's called corporate  negative free speech rights, and it falls under one particular area of First Amendment law—commercial speech. It's been wielded in a variety of for-profit settings. Cigarette companies have used this rationale to avoid photos on warning labels. The dairy industry has evoked it to hide the use of manmade bovine growth hormones in milk production. Cell phone companies have cited it to block radiation warnings on their packaging.

Move to Amend Reports Features David Cobb This Week

June 16, 2014

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, Move to Amend's David Cobb will talk with us about Senator Tom Udall's proposed amendment to the Constitution, providing an update on recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and responding to the Democratic Party's proposal.

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