Last week this letter went out to all of the state senators and representatives asking them to cosponsor the We the People bill championed by Senator Marty and Representative Dehn. The bill has not been introduced so there is no bill number yet however PLEASE CALL or EMAIL your state representative and senator using the first paragraph to make your request.
It would be great to have the bill introduced with the maximum cosponsors already on board.
Find your Senator - https://www.senate.mn/members/
Find your Representative - http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/hmem.asp
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January 20, 2017
Please join us to realize the promise of a vibrant democratic society that is genuinely representative and accountable to the people and not large corporate interests, by cosponsoring the We the People bill championed by Senator John Marty and Representative Raymond Dehn.
Unlike the kings and queens of European monarchies whose societies accepted that their authority to rule was granted by God, the U. S. Constitution gives this authority to the people. Corporations were intentionally never mentioned in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.
Anti-corporate sentiments ran strong even in the highest level of the American business community in 1773. The Boston Tea Party was an attempt to block the British East India Company’s specific plan to monopolize American commodities markets, starting with tea. A key political issue debated at the Constitutional Convention (1787) centered on who would control the authority to issue corporate charters. The framers’ vision was to subordinate corporations to democratic oversight, then make use of these institutions as tools to meet the pressing need for infrastructure such as roads and bridges. The system that emerged placed chartering functions in the hands of the various state legislatures, as close to the local level as possible. The emphasis was on restrictions and accountability, rather than on privileges. Corporations were not given constitutional rights.
Today, the fear held by the framers that corporations would become too large and wield too much political power has largely become a reality. The enclosed information sheets provide historical context for the sovereignty of human people and how that sovereignty has been usurped by large corporations.
As our representatives, we ask you to support the We the People bill. The bill calls for an amendment that 1) reserves the inherent rights expressed in our Constitution for human beings, or “natural persons,” only; and 2) defines the spending of money as not being equivalent to the 1st Amendment right of free speech, so that it can be controlled by reasonable election finance law. The bill also asks that Congress either craft an amendment that reflects the provisions in this bill, or failing that, call an amendments convention of the states to propose it. In the past, however, Congress has shown they’d prefer to do the former and retain their authority and control, rather than give the process over to the states in an amendment convention. The history of passing the 17th Amendment, direct election of senators, bears this out.
Across the political spectrum, 19 states and over 600 municipalities and counties have passed resolutions and ballot initiatives calling on Congress to address these issues. We respectfully request your support of the We the People bill to make Minnesota the 20th state to call on Congress to return sovereignty to human beings.
Virg Boehland and Becky Lucas, Volunteer Network Co-Chairs
Minnesota Move To Amend State Network (email: minnesota [at] movetoamend.org):
Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester, St Paul and Winona area groups