2018 Minnesota We the People Caucus Resolution
WHEREAS, through a long line of U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past hundred plus years, artificial entities have been given U. S. Constitutional rights intended only for natural persons; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a series of decisions since 1976, but most notably in its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision, has declared that the right to spend money to influence our elections, whether by individuals or legal entities, is protected by the U.S. Constitutional First Amendment free speech rights;
RESOLVED, we defend democracy, a system of government in which power is vested in the people, and call for an amendment to the United States Constitution to establish that:
Only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights, and
Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED, we support legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution accordingly as written in Minnesota SF 1082 (Marty) and HF 2139 (Dehn) and U. S. Congress HJR 48 (Nolan).
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Minnesota We the People Caucus Resolution Instructions
The Minnesota Move to Amend State Network needs people to bring our proposed U.S. Constitution amendment language to Minnesota caucuses all over the state. We need members of all political parties to attend their local caucuses to present the We the People Resolution. If you will not be going, please pass this along to someone who is.
Precinct caucuses are neighborhood meetings with people of your own political party. They are not necessarily held in the same place as where you vote; therefore check here to find the location - http://mnvotesinfo.sos.state.mn.us/voters/precinct-caucus/.
The purpose of caucuses is to select delegates that will endorse your candidates and to adopt resolutions supporting issues you care about. At the caucus during the allotted time, you will read your resolution, discussion will occur, and then it will be voted on to determine if the resolution moves on to the next level. Anyone can read a resolution and anyone can volunteer to be a delegate to go to the next level; perhaps all the way to the state convention. Watch YouTube videos about what to expect at your precinct caucus, if you want more information.
This letter includes a copy of our resolution. It is important that we use the same Resolution as it will have more impact if identical wording comes from many precincts. Please print our 2018 Minnesota We the People Caucus Resolution and bring it with you to your precinct caucus. A Resolution Form will be provided to you at the caucus when you attend. Attach this document to the Resolution Form. You may want to bring tape or a paperclip to assist your attachment of the resolution to the form. When you attach the resolution put the “resolve” portion (the final paragraph) on the front of the form and attach the two “whereas” statements to the back of the form. This is the accepted format for the (Republican, Democratic, and Green Party) Resolution Forms.
We want to track the adoption of our resolution at caucuses around the state. If you attend a caucus and read our resolution, please email us the caucus you attended and the results, to minnesota [at] movetoamend.org. Please write “Caucus Report” in the subject field.
The caucus is the first step. So if you have time and opportunity to join the Resolutions Committee please do so. If we can get members moving forward with the We the People Resolution it will help ensure our resolution moves on through the process to the state conventions.
Good Luck to you and enjoy the caucus. Let’s continue to get Move to Amend’s message out there.
If you have questions do not hesitate to email us at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org. Please write “Caucus Question” in the subject field.
You can also find information on our Facebook pages: St. Paul Area, Duluth Area, Minneapolis Area, Lakes Area, Winona Area.