Announcements

Intern with Move to Amend - Applications Due Oct 31

October 31, 2014

Move to Amend is the the national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

We are seeking bright, energetic folks to join our team as interns this spring and fall. Interns can either work out of the office of Democracy Unlimited in Eureka, CA - one of our Move to Amend founding organizations, or telecommute from anywhere in the United States.

Move to Amend Reports Features Wisconsin Move to Amend This Week

October 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 Wisconsin Move to Amenders Mary Laan and George Penn to talk with us about ballot initiatives in 12 Wisconsin communities where voters will decide whether to amend the Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech. 

 

Pulling the Plug on Corporate Personhood

October 21, 2014

Citizens United prompted cries for a constitutional amendment. But how to amend?

American democracy is reaching a breaking point, from failed winner-take-all voting rules to blatant attempts to suppress voter turnout. The rising torrent of campaign spending by the 1% has triggered particular outrage.

Activists leapt into action after the Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United decision, which not only overturned a century of precedent that barred corporate money in American elections, but also enshrined corporations as non-human entities that have the same constitutional rights as people.

'Then They Fight You': Plutocrats on the Defensive Against Social Justice Movements

October 20, 2014

What is it like to be a billionaire in the United States? According to billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins, wealth is a burden made "unbearable" by people of lesser incomes when they demand equality. That was the narrative published by the corporate news machine at the Wall Street Journal.

Taking time away from maintaining the world's largest luxury yacht, Perkins compared progressive movements seeking social and economic justice to the horrific persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany. Sensible people were quick to denounce such ludicrous comparisons with the Holocaust. But Perkins' fellow oligarchs continue endorsing the narrative of a "hard-working" class of wealthy people "under siege" by a "lazy" class of poor people. According to billionaires like Sam Zell and Wilbur Ross, they are being targeted by poor people "jealous" of what they have and incapable of working as hard as they do.

Supreme Authority: The Growing Power of the US Supreme Court and Democratic Alternatives

October 17, 2014

The constitutional doctrines claiming “corporations are persons” and “money equals speech” and their effects are not the only fundamental threats to what remains of our democracy.1 An additional and increasing assault is the U.S. Supreme Court itself – not simply its decisions and their impact, but also its very structure.

Corporate Shock and Awe Campaign is Obliterating Public Education

October 17, 2014

When a good government program is privatized, it's the people who pay the highest price. Sallie Mae is a prime example.

Originally known as the Student Loan Financing Association, it started out as a Government-Sponsored Enterprise, in 1973, to support the guaranteed student loan program created by the Higher Education Act of 1965. Between 1997 and 2004, amid a bipartisan push to deregulate banks, Sallie Mae was privatized into a for-profit corporation.

Move to Amend Reports Features Ousmane Power-Greene This Week

October 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 features history professor and author Ousmane Power-Greene joins us to talk about his new book Against Wind and Tide​ and the continued struggle of African-Americans for human rights.

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