Supreme Court appears ready to break down a church-state barrier in certain circumstances

April 19, 2017

The justices gave a skeptical hearing to a Missouri lawyer who was defending the state’s decision to reject a grant request from a Lutheran preschool seeking to participate in a state program that provides money to schools to rubberize the surface of their playgrounds.

Missouri’s constitution, like those in at least 36 other states, bars sending tax money to churches and church schools.

But most of the justices signaled they will rule for the church on the grounds that the refusal to fund the playground amounts to unconstitutional discrimination based on religion.

Lawmakers Who Championed Repeal of Web Browsing Privacy Protections Raked in Telecom Campaign Cash

April 13, 2017

Verizon, AT&T, Cox Enterprises, the U.S. Telecom Association, and CTIA, the trade association for the major cell phone carriers, appeared to single out the original sponsors of the repeal resolution — Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. — for particularly generous campaign contributions.

From Coke’s flower power to Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad – how ads co-opt protest

April 5, 2017

“It’s an easy way for us to politicise ourselves. It’s suggesting that you don’t actually have to take part in supporting Black Lives Matter if you’re white. All you have to do is buy Pepsi and your support is telegraphed. In a way, when we support things on social media – whether it’s weeping for France or praying for Syria – that’s an extension of that mentality, that we can show our support through consumerism.”

Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor – that’s what Trump and Brexit are about

April 4, 2017

When corporations free themselves from trade unions, they curtail the freedoms of their workers. When the very rich free themselves from tax, other people suffer through failing public services. When financiers are free to design exotic financial instruments, the rest of us pay for the crises they cause.

Whenever we hear the word freedom, we should ask ourselves, “Freedom for whom, at whose expense?”

We the People Listen is back by popular demand!

April 3, 2017

Four years ago, Move to Amend supporters participated in or first We the People Listen project, and it was a huge success. The ground has certainly shifted since...

We want to connect our work to the issues that folks care about, and the best way to do that is by listening to, and talking with, our neighbors and community members.

We the People Listen is a nationwide community door-knocking effort. Move to Amend volunteers will use a short survey to start people talking about what matters to them.

Our goals are to:

  • Learn what's important to our communities and engage them to find out what they think about issues of democracy and corporate power.
  • Build relationships and trust in our communities.
  • Grow capacity and organizing skills of Move to Amend and our local groups.
  • Grow support and number of petition signatures from diverse communities.

The campaign kicks off with a webinar on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern. Click here to RSVP.

Just in time -- Democracy Convention III!

April 2, 2017

A lot has happened since Move to Amend helped convene the first Democracy Convention in 2011, but one thing hasn't changed--the need for a broad based, strategic, and unified democracy movement. We know you are committed to strengthening democracy where it matters most, and are willing to do the hard work necessary to build and sustain a democratic society organized for the people, by the people. Please join us again for nine conferences under one roof at the third Democracy Convention! 

In our continuing our role as a convening organization, Move to Amend will take part in the 2017 Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, August 2 - 6. Register here.

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

March 29, 2017

Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay.