Massachusetts

On December 14, 2016, members of We the People Massachusettsa non-partisan, all-volunteer network of citizens dedicated to the cause of democracy, presented members of the Massachusetts State Legislature with the text of the 2017 We the People Act and supporting documents.

We the People Act

For a U.S. Constitutional Amendment and Amendment Convention

2017-2018 Massachusetts Legislative Session

(House Bill 1926 & Senate Bill 379)

The bill first calls on Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirming that

  1. the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons; i.e., human individuals, only and

  2. Congress and the states shall place limits on political contributions and expenditures, and the spending of money to influence elections is not protected free speech under the First Amendment.

If Congress does not propose the amendment described above, this legislation petitions for a convention to propose an amendment to the Constitution. Article V of the Constitution provides that such a convention can be called upon application of 2/3 (34) of the states. An Article V Convention can then be held to propose a constitutional amendment that then must still be ratified by 3/4 (38) of the states.

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Salem Protests Finance Ruling

April 13, 2014

North Shore residents outraged by the latest blow to U.S. campaign finance law rallied in Salem last week, calling for an end to the corrosive effects of corporate cash in the democratic process.

“It just really pisses me off,” said Rick Marks of Newbury, who held a sign and waved to passing cars in Riley Plaza. “Corporations and special interests already have so much power. Now they can buy even more influence in politics.”

Scituate: Vote to overturn Citizen’s United

April 2, 2013

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, it was the action of one man who, though supported by many in the nation, was the driving force for the issue behind the proclamation. We are indebted to Lincoln for working as he did to bring about a transformative change in our nation.

Every so often, citizens get to vote on an issue that is also transformative to our nation, where masses of voters, rather than the stroke of one man's pen, bring about a healing change. Adding an amendment to the Constitution is just such a movement, and it is going on now.

Congress Responds to Move to Amend Grassroots Organizing with “We the People” Amendment

February 20, 2013

 
The growing grassroots democracy movement took another huge step forward this week when Congressional Representatives Rick Nolan (DFL-Minnesota) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) joined Move To Amend coalition organizers Ben Manski and George “Leesa” Friday at the National Press Club to announce that the “We the People Amendment” was being introduced in Congress (H.J.Res. 29).
This amendment clearly and unequivocally states that:
Section 1. Only People Have Constitutional Rights