Building Movements that Speak Truth to Power

January 30, 2013

Last week, the nation celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We at Move to Amend draw many useful lessons from the successful campaign led by King and other heroic patriots to fight for civil rights for all Americans.

They understood there are two ways to make change:

  • Negotiate with power, or
  • Build a grassroots movement to take on the power structure and force them to react to you

The Civil Rights leaders chose to build a movement for change. In fact, every amendment to expand human rights has required building a similar movement, and our growing democracy movement is no different.

From the beginning Move to Amend decided not to waste time trying to convince members of Congress they should amend the Constitution to reject money as political speech and abolish inherent human rights for corporations.

We’re not interested in negotiating with power; we will force them to meet our demands through grassroots organizing and movement building.

We also learn from the Civil Rights movement that a successful movement must be a multi-cultural, multi-racial one, and we are making a concerted effort to ensure our movement includes all people.

Understanding that bridges must be built across color and culture lines in order to achieve the democratic promise this nation holds, we invite you to join Move to Amend National Leadership Team member George Friday, the next guest on Move to Amend Reports, our new internet radio show.

George has committed her life to grassroots organizing and is a skilled anti-oppression trainer. Her insights are invaluable as we strive to build a diverse and broad-based movement to amend the Constitution.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this important facet of movement building from experienced and gifted organizer George Friday.

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