Corporations Don't Have Families But They Are Making Millions Ripping Them Apart

July 1, 2018

Keyan Bliss, Move to Amend Volunteer Coordinator, spoke to the crowd of 20,000 people about how Move to Amend's We the People Amendment connects all our issues!

I am here before you, to bring to your attention the dangerous moment for which We the People have come here to confront:

  • An increasingly fascist U.S. regime is openly committing crimes against humanity, including the indefinite detention and forced separation entire families.

  • Our Congress not only refuses to hold this authoritarian President and his regime accountable for their crimes, but the majority of our representatives -- on both sides of the aisle -- are actively collaborating with them, for the sake of short-term political gain and furthering the bottom line of their billionaire benefactors.

  • The Supreme Court is so corrupt, they are stripping workers’ of hard-won protections, black and brown voters of their equal protection under the law, women of their right to know and their freedom of choice, and even denying immigrants their humanity and equal rights -- and they have handed over our government to the highest bidder.

Move to Amend has been working to get to the root problem by passing the WE THE PEOPLE AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution to make clear that constitutional rights belong to human beings, not corporations, and that money is not equal to “speech” so it can be regulated in our political campaigns and elections.

The root problems of "corporate constitutional rights" and "money equals speech” go deeper than the obvious political implications -- this is a human rights issue that intersects with every struggle for justice and equality we face today.

Law follows culture, and from the beginning, U.S. culture has mostly prioritized property and profit of a few wealthy white men over the basic wellbeing and common interests of We the People. Such priorities are enshrined in the Constitution itself — written as a property rights document that added only a few human rights as amendments — even enshrining the evil notion that human beings could be legally owned as disposable PROPERTY.

Even worse, the Constitution’s failure to define who is a "person" worthy of legal protection, has enabled our government to persistently deny constitutional protections for the vast majority of people in the United States -- women, black/brown/indigenous people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and other less wealthy people.

In every movement for justice today, rich and powerful corporations stand in the way of any serious change that we seek: from wanting an end to immigration crackdowns, indefinite detentions, for-profit prisons, and police brutality to creating universal health care, affordable education, and a green energy infrastructure that moves beyond fossil fuels.

Passing the We the People Amendment is the only lasting solution!

Here in California, we already told our Congressmembers what we want from them. We already demanded they support the We the People Amendment when we passed Prop 59 in 2016. It is time for them to follow through or get out of the way. This November, let’s make sure that the only people we send back to Washington DC are Representatives who support WE the PEOPLE, not the corporations.

If you are with me, pull out your phone right now and text AMEND to 707-656-4019 and join over 450,000 people in the movement to amend the Constitution. Again that’s AMEND, A-M-E-N-D to 707-656-4019.

We all may working different causes and different issues, but we do not need to go it alone. The root problems are all connected, and working together in solidarity with those intersectional issues, we can step back from the brink of fascism and move forward to creating real democracy for ALL people.