April 2017 Newsletter

April 12, 2017

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2017 Goal Cleared: 36 Co-Sponsors for the We the People Amendment!


In two months since Move to Amend's 28th Amendment was introduced, we have reached our 2017 strategic goal: Reintroduce the We the People Amendment and acquire 35 co-sponsors!

House Joint Resolution 48 has picked up 15 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. Our latest cosponsors include: Representatives Alma Adams (NC), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Marcia Fudge (OH), Timothy Walz (MN), Ron Kind (WI), Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Peter Welch (VT), Elijah Cummings (MD)!

Now that our goal is secured in the House, it's time to keep going AND to step up our game for another strategic plan goal for 2017: Introduce the We the People Amendment in the Senate for the first time with 5 co-sponsors!

Let your Congress member know how corporate rule is destroying democracy and how they can take steps to protect and expand it.

➤➤ Contact your Senator and ask them to sponsor the We the People Amendment!

Is your House Representative not yet a co-sponsor for the We the People Amendment? Don't let them off the hook! Now is the time to reach for our next strategic plan goal: 45 House co-sponsors for H.J.R. 48!

➤➤ Contact your House Representative and ask them to co-sponsor H.J.R. 48, the We the People Amendment!

We give our heart-felt thanks to our newest co-sponsors and all the democracy champions who have already co-sponsored the We the People Amendment! Share your appreciation by sending them a thank you message!

Rick Nolan (MN) • Matthew Cartwright (PA) • Keith Ellison (MN) • Mark Takano (CA) • Peter DeFazio (OR) • Louise Slaughter (NY) • John Conyers (MI) • Jamie Raskin (MD) • Ro Khanna (CA) • Ted Lieu (CA) • Walter Jones (NC) • Jose Serrano (NY) • Mark Pocan (WI) • Raul Grijalva (AZ) • Betty McCollum (MN) • Earl Blumenauer (OR) • Beto O’Rourke (TX) • Barbara Lee (CA) • Eliot Engel (NY) • Paul Tonko (NY) • Michael Capuano (MA) • Donald Norcross (NJ) • Don Beyer (VA) • Jared Huffman (CA) • Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)​ • Suzanne Bonamici (OR) • Danny Davis (IL) • Derek Kilmer (WA)

Move to Amend Live Report from Facebook -- Every 4th Wednesday at 5pm!

Move to Amend's weekly online podcast has transitioned to a new monthly video format -- the Move to Amend Live Report brought to you by Facebook Live! This is the space where you can learn what's going on in the movement to amend the Constitution and get the lowdown on corporate rule, corporate personhood, and money as speech. 

Join us LIVE each month on the 4th Wednesday at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern on the Move to Amend Facebook Page to get the latest news, ask questions, and get involved! ​

Check out the March Report Below: 

➤➤ Don't use Facebook? You can also tune in the day after to view the recording right here on our website, or via our YouTube channel.

Miss our old podcasts? Check out the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend or download us from iTunes.

Join the We the People Listen Campaign!

Take Move to Amend to your neighborhood with our door-knocking effort, the We the People Listen Campaign! 

This campaign goes door-to-door to help Move to Amend volunteers and staff learn about what's important to your community and connect the issues of corporate constitutional rights and money in politics with their concerns. This is the perfect opportunity to build relationships and trust with your neighbors while growing your capacity and organizing skills as Move to Amend volunteer! 

➤➤ Click here to watch our Kickoff Webinar and find helpful resources on how to get started!

Eager to get started in your community? Click here to sign up!

Join Move to Amend at the Democracy Convention III, August 2-6!

If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most ... in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution ... you will find something inspiring in Minneapolis, Minnesota this August 2-6, 2017. Join us at the third national Democracy Convention.

More than one conference, the Democracy Convention houses ten conferences under one roof. As the great progressive reformer Fighting Bob La Follette said, "democracy is a life," and "involves constant struggle" in all sectors of society. With the Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each of these separate democracy struggles, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy.

Learn More     Register     Donate

Join Move to Amend's Intern Team for Fall 2017 - Apply by Friday, May 19th!

Move to Amend is the the national campaign to End Corporate Personhood and Legalize 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 Fall. Interns can either work out of the new office space in Sacramento, CA, or telecommute from anywhere in the United States. 

  • Communications Intern to assist with a range of communications activities and projects, which include generating media coverage, sending email alerts to activists, responding to inquiries, writing persuasive blog posts and op-eds, participating in online social networks, and developing communications and campaign strategies.
  • Organizing Intern to assist with a range of organizing support projects to mobilize our members to take action with the campaign. Our organizing team also provides support and training to Move to Amend affiliate groups to assist with grassroots education and action.
  • Legal Intern to assist our Law & Research Team, which collaborates with and provides legal support for Move to Amend affiliate groups across the country. We are committed to changing existing “settled law” as it relates to the role and functions of corporations in US society, and this is a unique opportunity that blends a legal practice with grassroots organizing for systemic change which may include engaging in legal research, preparing written memoranda, and also to engage in strategy discussions. 

  • Development Intern assists with a range of fundraising and development projects and activities including soliciting donors, sending email alerts to supporters, responding to inquiries, writing persuasive donor literature and grant applications, participating in online social networks, and developing communications and fundraising strategies.

  • Legislative & Lobbying Intern assists with state and national legislative support and lobbying projects. Activities include researching and tracking state and federal legislation; assisting with public relations by compiling information for Move to Amend's website, database, and grant proposals; attending hearings and briefings; and writing blog posts, summaries and memorandums.  Interns are expected to remain informed on current legislative affairs and daily news events.

➤➤ Apply for the Fall 2017 Internship by Friday, May 19th.

Help Build the Movement for the 28th Amendment in Style!

Help us reach 600,000 signatures on the Motion to Amend this year with the Move to Amend Petition Kit!

This kit includes everything you need to help grow the movement to amend the best way possible:

  • Canvass bag with Move to Amend logo to hold all your supplies
  • 12 Petition Sheets to collect 100 signatures (can also be downloaded from our website if you need to print more)
  • Tips for petitioning and talking points
  • Clipboard with Move to Amend sticker
  • 2 Move to Amend Pens
  • Move to Amend Button
  • 25 Move to Amend Brochures for folks who want more information

You can petition in public places like farmer's markets, in front of grocery stores, libraries, post offices, while folks are waiting in line for film showings, lectures, concerts, etc. Bring your kit with you to rallies and protests. Or bring the petition to the office or school.

➤➤ Order your petition bag for your next public event!

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