Are You All In?

January 22, 2018

Yesterday marked the 8 year "anniversary" of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision. It is also our public birthday as Move to Amend publicly launched that very day. 

We were prepared and ready when very few others were. 

We have been working tirelessly for the past 8 years to grow this movement. We started as a handful of people and now we are nearly 450,000 strong. This includes you. 

Together we have passed resolutions across the country. We have educated millions of Americans. We have secured support from 52 Congresspeople and counting.  

We are the ONLY group that has been unwavering in our committment to solve the Citizens United problem systemically and at the root by calling for an Amendment that would address the two Court-created doctrines that made Citizens United possible in the first place:

  • Corporate Personhood: corporations claming Consitutional Rights to overturn our local, state, and federal laws meant to protect the public and the environment. 
     
  • Money as Speech: equating political spending with exercising the First Amendment, which translates into the wealthy and their corporations using the First Amendment to buy our government. 

We are also the only amendment group with a public and transparent Strategic Plan, to make it easy and accessible to track our progress and engage with the movement. 

We are also the only group with a committment to building a multi-racial, inter-generational and intersectional movement that is broad and powerful enough to win. And we've put our time and resources into that commitment by creating trainings for our organizers and internal policies that reflect our values.

There's no question that together we have all accomplished a tremendous amount. Thank you for your part. There's also no question that we have a long way to go, and every day things are getting worse. 

That's why we need you to lean in right now. In what ways are you still not "all in"?

We need to pass the We the People Amendment immediately to save our planet, its people, and our democracy. The alternative is unfettered oligarchy (or even worse, fascism) and runaway climate chaos. 

Since the New Year I've been thinking about what more I personally can do to speed this up. I hope you'll join me in also taking stock and doubling down in your committment to amend. 

I don't think it is hyperbolic to say that future generations depend on us and the choices we make with our time and our resources now.

Are you all in?

Yours for the planet and humanity,
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
National Director, Move to Amend

PS -- One easy thing you can do right now is post our article from Common Dreams on your social media or email it to your friends, and ask them to sign the Motion to Amend.

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