May 2017 News and Announcements

May 1, 2017

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Support Keeps Building for the We the People Amendment!

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In the three months since Move to Amend's 28th Amendment was introduced, we have already reached our 2017 strategic goal: Reintroduce the We the People Amendment and acquire 35 co-sponsors!

House Joint Resolution 48 continues to gain support in the House of Representatives with 2 new cosponsors: Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA) and Jackie Speier (CA)! This brings our total to 38. 

Move to Amend volunteers are hard at work to recruit additional cosponsors and we're gearing up for a big push over the summer to reach another strategic plan goal for 2017: Introduce the We the People Amendment in the Senate for the first time with 5 co-sponsors!

Let your Congress member know how corporate rule is destroying democracy and how they can take steps to protect and expand it.

➤➤ Contact your Senator and ask them to sponsor the We the People Amendment!

Has your representative signed on yet? Don't let them off the hook! There are still House representatives who cosponsored the We the People Amendment in last session and need to sign on now: Ed Perlmutter (CO), Marcy Kaptur (OH), Mark DeSaulnier (CA), Judy Chu (CA). 

➤➤ Send your House Representative a message today: co-sponsor H.J.R. 48, the We the People Amendment!

We give our heart-felt thanks to our newest co-sponsors and all the democracy champions who have already 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) 


​Move to Amend Live Report from Facebook -- Every 4th Wednesday at 5pm!

Move to Amend's weekly online podcast has transitioned to a new monthly video format -- 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 April Report Below: 

➤➤ Don't use Facebook? You can also tune in the day after to view the recording right here on our website, or via our YouTube channel.

Miss our old podcasts? Check out the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend or download us from iTunes.


May 2017 Webinar: How to Get Your Represenative to Cosponsor House Joint Resolution 48!

Move to Amend is committed to passing the 28th Amendment, and we want to show you how you can help! Join us for our monthly Take Action Webinar at a special date and time:

Wednesday, May 10th at 2pm Hawaii / 4:00pm Alaska / 5:00pm Pacific / 6:00pm Mountain / 7:00pm Central / 8:00pm Eastern​ 

These online trainings are an opportunity for folks to connect with Move to Amend and learn about organizing tools and campaign opportunities, and to connect with other MTA community organizers across the country. Learn about how you can get your elected representatives to sign on to House Joint Resolution 48, the We the People Amendment. We'll share stories and experiences from the folks who have already been able to get their Representatives to co-sponsor.

➤➤ Click here to RSVP today!

Did you miss our April webinar about the We The People Listen Campaign? Click here to watch the archive recording and find more information!


Join Move to Amend at the Democracy Convention III, August 2-6!

If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most ... in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution ... you will find something inspiring in Minneapolis, Minnesota this August 2-6, 2017. Join us at the third national Democracy Convention.

More than one conference, the Democracy Convention houses ten conferences under one roof. As the great progressive reformer Fighting Bob La Follette said, "democracy is a life," and "involves constant struggle" in all sectors of society. With the Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each of these separate democracy struggles, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy.

➤➤ Would you like to lead a session at the Convention? Click here to submit proposals - deadline is May 19.

Register for the Convention


Free Speech TV Airing Move to Amend's Mini-Documentary Legalize Democracy on May 10th!

May 10th marks 131 years since the Supreme Court opened the door for corporations to claim constitutional rights in Santa Clara County v. Souther Pacific Railroad (1886).

In partnership with Move to Amend, the national independent news network Free Speech TV will be spreading the word of how corporations became "persons" by screening our mini-documentary Legalize Democracy

The mini-documentary portrays the historic role of U.S. Courts in the meteoric rise of corporate power in American politics.  Move to Amend's National Leadership Team documents the transformation of the corporation from an institution of public service, created and regulated by government, into an institution with the same constitutional rights as living people, and sufficient wealth to control and subvert a government by and for the people.

➤➤ Click here for times and channel listings!


Join Move to Amend's Intern Team for Fall 2017 - Apply by Friday, May 19th!

Move to Amend is the the national campaign to End Corporate Personhood and Legalize Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

We are seeking bright, energetic folks to join our team as interns this Spring. Interns can either work out of the new office space in Sacramento, CA, or telecommute from anywhere in the United States. 

  • Communications Intern to assist with a range of communications activities and projects, which include generating media coverage, sending email alerts to activists, responding to inquiries, writing persuasive blog posts and op-eds, participating in online social networks, and developing communications and campaign strategies.
     
  • Organizing Intern to assist with a range of organizing support projects to mobilize our members to take action with the campaign. Our organizing team also provides support and training to Move to Amend affiliate groups to assist with grassroots education and action.
  • Legal Intern to assist our Law & Research Team, which collaborates with and provides legal support for Move to Amend affiliate groups across the country. We are committed to changing existing “settled law” as it relates to the role and functions of corporations in US society, and this is a unique opportunity that blends a legal practice with grassroots organizing for systemic change which may include engaging in legal research, preparing written memoranda, and also to engage in strategy discussions. 

  • Development Intern assists with a range of fundraising and development projects and activities including soliciting donors, sending email alerts to supporters, responding to inquiries, writing persuasive donor literature and grant applications, participating in online social networks, and developing communications and fundraising strategies.

  • Legislative & Lobbying Intern assists with state and national legislative support and lobbying projects. Activities include researching and tracking state and federal legislation; assisting with public relations by compiling information for Move to Amend's website, database, and grant proposals; attending hearings and briefings; and writing blog posts, summaries and memorandums.  Interns are expected to remain informed on current legislative affairs and daily news events.

➤➤ Apply for the Fall 2017 Internship by Friday, May 19th


Read the Story of How Corporations Became "People" in Thom Hartmann's Unequal Protection

Was the Boston Tea Party the first WTO-style protest against transnational corporations? Did Supreme Court sell out America's citizens in the nineteenth century, with consequences lasting to this day? Is there a way for US citizens to recover democracy of, by, and for the people?

TV Personality (and Move to Amend's fan) Thom Hartmann takes on these most difficult questions and tells a startling story that will forever change your understanding of American history. Read the story of how the Fourteenth Amendment--created to grant basic rights to Black people after the Civil War--has been used by lawyers representing corporate interests to extend inherent and inalienable rights to big businesses far more frequently than people of color. Learn the deep historical context behind the Supreme Court decisions that changed corporations from "artificial entities" to "legal persons" entitled to the same rights granted to human beings under the Bill of Rights. 

It's time for "we, the people" to take back our lives. In this revised and expanded second edition, Hartmann incorporates specific examples from today's headlines, and proposes specific legal remedies that could truly save the world from political, economic, and ecological disaster.

➤➤ Order your copy of Unequal Protection from our online store today!


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