Ask your MN US Representative to support Rep. Nolan's bill

June 14, 2015

Minnesota Move To Amend State Network

Minnesota Rocks!  House Joint Resolution 48 Introduced in Congress

Move to Amend is a committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.  We are calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

In support of this effort Minnesota Representative Rick Nolan introduced House Joint Resolution 48, We the People Amendment bill on April 29, 2015 with the support of Representative Keith Ellison.  Please send an email or call them to thank them for taking leadership on this issue, for standing with us, and doing all they can to defend our Democratic Republic and We the People against special interests with deep pockets who are corrupting our democracy.

Your help is needed to get the other Minnesota congressional delegation behind this.  Please email or call them.

Purpose:  To ask your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the bill and work to get it heard.

Invite a friend for coffee and each write an email.  If attending a meeting, please ask everyone to write or make calls.

Here are points to include:

  1. Name of bill: HJR 48 - We the People Amendment
  2. In summary this bill asks that the wording of this US Constitutional amendment make clear that artificial entities are not persons and can be regulated and that money is not speech and can be regulated in political campaigns.
  3. Why you support this bill; consider the concerns of your representative.  You could mention the effect of outside and dark money on previous state races.  Here are a couple examples of general points to make.
    1. Corporate Personhood:  In our democracy of, by and for the people, corporations are not persons.  When corporations reach the size that they have today, they begin to overwhelm the political institutions that can keep them in check.  Big corporations result in big government: large subsidies, overproduction and ill-informed contracts.
    2. Money is not speech: Ordinary constituents are more and more marginalized as large amounts of money from legal/artificial entities and wealthy individuals are permitted without regulation.  The trend is that local campaigns are disproportionately financed by money coming from outside the district.

Here are links to reports of big money in the 2014 Minnesota election and post-election –

The phone number and email link for each Representative is here:

Thanks for becoming part of the MTA team working to build a democracy of, by and for the people. 

To get involved in other ways or for more information:

  • Duluth Area
  • Saint Paul Area
  • Rochester Area
  • Minnesota Move to Amend State Network
    • Barbara Gerten, Chair and Legislation Team Representative at 651-470-7781
    • minnesota [at] movetoamend.org
    • www.movetoamend.org

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