CD2 and CD3 Pledge to Amend Responses; upcoming meetings

April 11, 2018

We the People Dispatch

Pledge to Amend Responses

Congressional District 2 (CD2)

Several of you have asked for the Pledge to Amend results of the two DFL candidates for CD2 Representative.  One of them will be challenging GOP incumbent Jason Lewis.

Both Jeff Erdmann and Angie Craig have signed the Pledge to Amend.  In addition they each responded to the following question.

How will you use your public office to end corporate constitutional rights and big money in politics?

Jeff Erdmann - "I will be a champion for all Americans in fighting for the passage of this Amendment so we can begin to reduce the corruption in our political process. Money has corrupted our entire process and is playing a significant role in bringing about the incredible income inequality in our country. Working class Americans are seeing our quality of life go down every year due to the manipulation of our elected officials by money from corporate interests. I will be an uncommon leader that will stand out because of my persistence and leadership to this cause.”

Angie Craig - "I am committed to passing laws to end Citizens United and get big money out of politics. Corporations and special interests are not people and their oversized influence on the way our government works needs to end now. I would also like to require everyone who spends money in a campaign to say where that money came from."

Congressional District 3 (CD3)

The two contenders for the DFL US House seat challenging incumbent Erik Paulsen are Adam Jennings and Dean Phillips.  Adam Jennings has signed the Pledge to Amend.

Find all candidate responses here.

It’s Not Too Late.  More Cosponsors Needed.

House Bill Cosponsors; 24 More Needed

It is important to keep these two bills active, even in a legislative session when the prospects for progress may be slim, so that our legislature knows we are paying attention to these bills and will ask that they be introduced—until they are passed.

HF2139 cosponsors are:  Dehn, Thissen, Lee, Mariani, Liebling, Pinto, Ecklund, Davnie, Olson, Halvorson, Sauke. The limit is 35 cosponsors so we have 24 more to go as of March 29.  Check the link before contacting your representative as several have been added since you started making the ask.

Let’s do it.  For those not comfortable making a second request, ask a friend or relative.  The more people we can get to apply pressure the more successful we will be. If you ask a friend or relative also ask them to go to movetoamend.org and sign the petition.

Dear Representative [name],

As one of your constituents who agrees with Move to Amend’s proposed US Constitutional amendment, I thank you if you have supported a previous version of the Minnesota legislation in support of amending the U.S. Constitution to make clear that corporations and other artificial entities do not have Constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending should be through regulation.

Please become a co-sponsor of HF2139 this session.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Sincerely,
[your name and address]

Another option is to request a meeting with them.  Gather several people together and make your ask.  If you need more info go to https://movetoamend.org/why-abolish-all-corporate-constitutional-rights.  Browse the site as there is much to learn.

State Senate Action

For the first time since the We the People bill was introduced in 2013, there is a clone We the People bill in the Minnesota Senate.  The maximum number of cosponsors in the state senate is five and this was reached soon after you all began to ask your senators and representatives to become cosponsors of SF 1082 and HF 2139.

The SF 1082 cosponsors are: Marty, Clausen, Carlson, Cwodzinski and Wiklund.  Constituents – Please thank them.

A clone bill (SF 3342) was introduced by Senator Hawj and immediately cosponsored by Senator Matt Klein and recently by Sandy Pappas.  Let’s see if we can get 2 more cosponsors for this bill.

If you contacted your senator but that public servant is still not a cosponsor, please call again to explain that there is now a clone of Senator Marty’s bill.

You might say something like –

Dear Senator [name],

As one of your constituents who agrees with Move to Amend’s proposed US Constitutional amendment, I contacted you [last week] to ask you to become a cosponsor of SF 1082.  Having reached the maximum number of sponsors a clone bill has been introduced. Please contact Senator Marty and become a cosponsor of SF 3342.

Be part of the process to amend the U.S. Constitution to make clear that corporations and other artificial entities do not have Constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending should be through regulation.

Thank you for your attention to this crucial aspect of our democracy.

Sincerely,
[your name and address]

If you are not comfortable making a second request, ask a friend or relative.  The more requests there are the more they will feel the need to act.

Report Your Action

THANK YOU to the many of you who have followed through with this action.  Your efforts have increased the number of cosponsors.

If you contact your senator and/or representative, please let us know. Just email minnesota [at] movetoamend.org  using the subject heading: “co-sponsor contact – [name of senator/rep]”.

That's it!  Any questions? Please ask us at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org

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Regular Meetings

MINNEAPOLIS AREA
DATE:  Thursday, April 19, 2018
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
ADDRESS:  222 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.  Downtown at the corner of Hennepin Ave. and Washington Ave.
PARKING:  Free 2 hour parking.  Enter the parking ramp on 1st Ave. N. between Washington Ave. N. and 2nd St. N.
Contact:  Darold at minneapolis [at] movetoamend.org

SAINT PAUL AREA
DATE:  Monday, April 22, 2018 (4thh Monday each month)
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
PLACE:  Schmidt Artists Lofts, Bottle House (2nd floor, Flex Studio A)
ADDRESS:  876 7th Street West, St Paul, MN  55102
Contact:  Jeff at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org

LAKES AREA
DATE:  Tuesday, April 17, 2018
TIME:  5:00 social gathering; 6:00 pm meeting
PLACE:  Sage On Laurel
ADDRESS:  606 Laurel St., Brainerd, MN
Contact:  Roger at brainerd [at] movetoamend.org

DULUTH AREA
DATE:  Thursday, May 3, 2018
TIME:
  • 6:00 Social Gathering.  
  • 6:30 Presentation: Robber Barons to Citizens United: a corporate person timeline
ADDRESS:  324 N Central Ave, Duluth MN
Contact:  Tom at duluth [at] movetoamend.org
 
 

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