We The People Amendment Update: Two New Cosponsors!
The We The People Amendment (HJR 48) gained two new cosponsors in the House of Representatives in February: Denny Heck (WA-10) & Maxine Waters (CA-43). This could not have been possible without the volunteers on the ground in Washington and California!
This brings the total number of cosponsors to 54! After already surpassing our original goal of 45 for this year, we now have our sights set on 60 cosponsors by the end of 2018. We are well positioned to go above and beyond that if we keep the momentum going.
Another critical goal this year is to get the We The People Amendment introduced in the U.S. Senate.
As you know, the Senate plays by a different set of rules compared to the House of Representatives where support for HJR 48 is consistently growing . In past meetings with Senators, a vast majority expressed support but were hesitant to take the lead.
THIS IS WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
As much as Senators are distracted by the latest absurdity coming out of Washington, they still listen to constituents. If enough of us call, email, schedule meetings, write letters,or tweet them, they will eventually come around!
PLEASE take a few moments to contact your Senator and let them know you and 448,314 others support amending the Constitution to end corporate rule!
All it takes is a few clicks to send a message to your legislator!!!
Here's what else you can do to make this happen:
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and ask your Senators BY NAME to introduce the companion bill to HJR 48. Senators notice when their name shows up in the paper. If you're willing to do this task, please sign up here and we'll send you information to get started!
- Call your Senators by phone and urge them to introduce a Senate companion bill to House Joint Resolution 48! Click here to get their phone numbers.
- Donate to support our efforts! We're hiring a Legislative Coordinator to help us manage our growing presence in Washington and we need your support making it happen!
We give our heart-felt thanks to all the democracy champions who have co-sponsored the We the People Amendment! Share your appreciation by sending them a thank you message!
Rick Nolan (MN) • Matthew Cartwright (PA) • Keith Ellison (MN) • Mark Takano (CA) • Peter DeFazio (OR) • Louise Slaughter (NY) • John Conyers (MI) • Jamie Raskin (MD) • Ro Khanna (CA) • Ted Lieu (CA) • Walter Jones (NC) • Jose Serrano (NY) • Mark Pocan (WI) • Raul Grijalva (AZ) • Betty McCollum (MN) • Earl Blumenauer (OR) • Beto O’Rourke (TX) • Barbara Lee (CA) • Eliot Engel (NY) • Paul Tonko (NY) • Michael Capuano (MA) • Donald Norcross (NJ) • Don Beyer (VA) • Jared Huffman (CA) • Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) • Suzanne Bonamici (OR) • Danny Davis (IL) • Derek Kilmer (WA) • Alma Adams (NC) • Pramilia Jayapal (WA) • Marcia Fudge (OH) • Timothy Walz (MN) • Ron Kind (WI) • Tulsi Gabbard (HI) • Peter Welch (VT) • Elijah Cummings (MD) • Suzan DelBene (WA) • Jackie Speier (CA) • Seth Moulton (MA) • Janice Schakowsky (IL) • Marcy Kaptur (OH) • Jim McGovern (MA) • Karen Bass (CA) • Ed Perlmutter (CO) • Adam Smith (WA) • Al Lawson (FL) • Mark DeSaulnier (CA) • Joseph Kennedy (MA) • Niki Tsongas (MA) • Stephen Lynch (MA) • Katherine Clark (MA) • Gwen Moore (WI) • Denny Heck (WA) • Maxine Waters (CA)
Move to Amend Live Report from Facebook -- Every 4th Wednesday at 5pm!
Tune in to the Move to Amend Live Report brought to you by Facebook Live! This is the place where you can learn what's going on in the movement to amend the Constitution.
Join us LIVE each month on the 4th Wednesday at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern on the Move to Amend Facebook Page to get the latest news, ask questions, and get involved!
Check out the February Report Below:
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Submit a Poster Idea for the Arts & Culture Caucus!
Help us build a social justice and democracy themed poster series to display at public events!
The Move to Amend Arts and Culture Caucus would like to invite you to submit a design for our Democracy Poster Series project! We'll be collecting submissions of democracy/movement/social and environmental justice related images. Selected submissions will be displayed with artist information and promotion. Please submit to jessica [at] movetoamend.org by April 1st! "
March Webinars: Special Topic on Intersectionality in the Pro-Democracy Movement
Tuesday, March 6 - Introduction to Direct Action.Learn how direct action techniques have worked for past movements and how they can be applied to our work at Move to Amend. Register!
Special Topic: Inclusivity & Intersectionality in the Pro-Democracy Movement
Sunday, March 25 - Inclusivity & Intersectionality in the Pro-Democracy Movement Webinar #1, 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern - Register
Thursday, March 29 - Inclusivity & Intersectionality in the Pro-Democracy Movement Webinar #2, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern - Register
Free Speech for People and Move to Amend are hosting a coming together of activists and organizers within the Pro-Democracy Movement (Amendment Movement) to discuss the importance of approaching this work with an intersectional analysis.
The goal of these webinars is to give activists who are involved in passing the 28th amendment, or who are involved more broadly in democracy reform, tools to make our movement more intersectional and inclusive by focusing on connecting with, learning from, supporting and building with communities marginalized by systems of oppression. These are some general tips, not at all inclusive of all the tools that exist for this purpose.
The individuals on this webinar all have insight to intersectional and anti-oppression based organizing and have created content to approach issues with this lens.
These webinars will both have the same agenda - we are offering the webinar twice to make it more accessible!
Early Bird Registration Extended For National Leadership Summit
At our first Leadership Summit in 2016 we had a fantastic group of Move to Amend affiliate leaders who came together to celebrate the introduction of Move to Amend’s Ten Year Strategic Plan, to learn and share organizing and technical skills, and to network and build community.
We had a great time -- we learned a lot, made strategy plans, deepened relationships, and had an extremely successful lobby day with sixty Move to Amend volunteers (most of whom had never lobbied before) storming the halls of Congress to lobby for the We The People Amendment!
It was incredible.
This year, we’re excited to open up the invitation to all of our supporters, so that we can include even more grassroots organizers and activists in this empowering weekend! Opportunities to build together in person are invaluable in this political climate.
This year's Leadership Summit will be held at Trinity Washington University, June 8-11. Participants can stay and eat on campus right in Washington D.C. where we’re a close trip to Capitol Hill. We’ll host sessions for skills building, organizing strategy, lobby training, and so much more! We’ll host panels with movement leaders, plenaries, training sessions, and creative opportunities for community building.
The Early Bird rate has been extended to March 15th! Anyone who registers for the Leadership Summit before March 15th will receive $45 off the cost of registration! Use the code EARLY when you check out. Click here to register!
We’ve worked hard to make the Leadership Summit affordable and accessible, with sliding scale pricing and a cost that is much less than most conferences. However, some are more able to pay than others, and we are happy to have some scholarship assistance available. Those who are able to pay more and sponsor someone else to come to the summit are greatly appreciated! See details on the registration page. Thank you!
See you in Washington, D.C.!
Midterms Are Coming Up: Do Your Candidates Pledge To Amend?
The midterms are here and we need to make sure all of our candidates are serious about amending the Constitution to get money out of politics and end corporate rule! Pledge to Amend is our campaign to hold our candidates and elected officials accountable to the movement to amend.
Are your elected officials on record as committing to support the Movement to Amend? What about candidates running for local, state, or federal office this year?
New Members of the National Team
We have added two new staff members to the national team to help us accomplish our goals.
Gabby Mora - Leadership Summit Coordinator/Media Coordinator
Saleem Chapman - Legislative Coordinator
The majority of our national team are based in the western United States far from Washington D.C. so it works well that Gabby and Saleem are both located on the east coast in New Jersey and Philadelphia, respectively.
Welcome to the team Saleem and Gabby!
Barnstorming in 2018
In the tradition of the mighty Populist Movement, Move to Amend's experienced and acclaimed speakers will continue their tours around the country in 2018, spreading the word about the campaign to amend the Constitution and inspiring action!
Our speakers give rousing talks, telling the story of the American creation myth and the Constitution as it pertains to Corporate Personhood and illegitimate but legal corporate constitutional rights, followed by about an hour of facilitated discussion/Q&A.
Ohio and Kentucky in April
Montana and Idaho in April
Rhode Island & Connecticut in April/May
You can stay in the loop as we update our touring schedule by going to the Barnstorming page on our website. This is also where you can request a speaker to come to your town!
Grab Window Signs From Our Online Shop!
You may already have a Move To Amend stamp, bumper sticker, or other cool item from our online shop but do you have an 'End Corporate Personhood' window sign?
You can get 20 signs for $20. These signs are eco printed on coated heavy card stock size 12" x 18" and of course proudly union made.