While Move to Amend affiliates have had great success in passing resolutions, some affiliates have been stone-walled by local elected officials who don’t believe there is a problem or are afraid to rattle corporate cages for fear of reprisals.
On November 11, 1918 the guns of the "War to end wars" finally fell silent after more than 29,000,000 soldiers had been killed or wounded. Bells rang out across the world to celebrate the silence, and in 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day, November 11, a national holiday, "to be dedicated to the cause of world peace."
This year Veterans for Peace is partnering with Move to Amend to expand Armistice Day observances. Move to Amend works to end corporate personhood and "money is speech" in elections through constitutional amendment. These goals are key if we are to "abolish war as an instrument of national policy."
The Presidential debates are coming up soon - the first one is Wednesday, October 3rd.
Please sign our petition to debate moderators PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer, ABC News chief foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz, and CBS Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer requesting they ask a simple straight forward question:
Do you believe corporations should have Constitutional rights, and that campaign spending is exercising free speech under the Constitution? What would you do as President to further your position?
For many parents, “back to school” means spending more money they don’t have.
For college students and their families, the expense is enormous. More and more, the cost of a college degree has been shifted onto students. The Wall Street-created crash forced states to slash budgets in response to dwindling tax revenues, leaving legislatures with a choice: funding basic public services or subsidizing higher education.
On Wednesday, President Obama called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United:
"Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change."
The Move to Amend coalition has been fighting Citizens United since Day One, and has been organizing against corporate rule for over a decade; we welcome Obama’s statement and his help ‘shining a spotlight’ on the same position held by the majority of Americans. He just doesn’t go far enough.
Today, in collaboration with Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, the Move to Amend campaign launched a donation drive to fund a national tour of the "Amend-O-Matic" to travel the United States as part of the group's "Stampede to Amend" campaign.