Hawaii Announcements

The Grinch Who Stole Democracy

July 19, 2017

After Donald Trump ascended to the presidency, despite losing the popular vote by an astounding margin, there just wasn't a lot of cheering to be heard in Whoville. Trump is like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, with the notable exception that Trump doesn't have a heart, not even one ten sizes too small.  

Our mission is to establish authentic, participatory democracy for all people, not corporations. Our first goal is to help build a diverse democracy movement capable of passing the We the People Amendment. The amendment abolishes corporate constitutional rights (corporate personhood) and money as free political speech. 

If you're new to Move to Amend, or joining the growing resistance; if you want to do more, but don't know where to start, or if your #1 issue just hit a brick wall built by the corporatized state, we invite you to volunteer with Move to Amend, the Campaign to Legalize Democracy!

We the People Amendment has 29 Co-Sponsors and Counting!

March 14, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that we have 29 co-sponsors on the We the People Amendment (HJR 48)! 

Our strategic goal this year is to reach 35 co-sponsors, and we are well on our way!

We want to thank both our lead sponsor, Rep. Rick Nolan and our Move to Amend affiliates for their handiwork. Well done!

Of course we want to thank our first-time co-sponsors:

Rep. Alma Adams [NC-12],
Rep. Donald Beyer, Jr. [VA-8],
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [OR-1],
Rep. Eliot Engel [NY-16],
Rep. Derek Kilmer [WA-6],
Rep. Ro Khanna, [CA-17],
Rep. Donald Norcross [NJ-1],
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [DC-At Large],
Rep. Jamie Raskin [MD-8],
Rep. Jose Serrano [NY-15], and
Rep. Paul Tonko, Paul [NY-20]

If you're a constituent of one of the above members of Congress, send them a thank-you note here. They need and will appreciate your support. (A full list of our co-sponsors is here.)

Contact your member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor H.J.R. 48, the We the People Amendment!

Urgent action needed to support We the People Resolution in the Hawaii Legislature

March 16, 2016

We are very pleased that the We the People resolution is moving quickly through the Hawaii State Legislature. Sponsored by Representative Nicole Lowen and co-sponsored by 44 (count em 44!!!) other representatives, HCR 29 urges Hawaiis Congressional delegation to propose and pass the proposed amendment to the United States Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people with constitutional rights, and that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech. The bill is awaiting approval by the House Finance and Judiciary Committees.

An identical companion measure, SCR 22 has been introduced and is being considered by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs this coming Thursday (3/10 at 1:20 PM). I know that this very short notice but it would be great if you could submit comments on SCR 22 before the Committee hearing. You can do so by logging in to Capitol.hawaii.gov (you will have to create a login and password if you have not already done so) and then entering SCR 22 in the Measure/Bill box on the left and clicking on the submit testimony button.

Corporations Sue Hawaiian Government and Attempt to Overturn Laws They Say Violate Their Constitutional Rights

November 15, 2014

Hawaii Island, Kauai, and communities across the country that pass laws to protect their communities are running into the same problem: they don't have the legal authority to say "no.” The rights asserted by the corporations represent a corporate structure of law that is in inherent conflict with democracy and our fundamental right of local, community self-government.