Model Language for Ballot Initiative Resolutions

Our preferred strategy for passing resolutions is through the initiative process. Ballot initatives provide the opportunity to build your group's capacity and bring this issue directly to the voters in your community. This will help us build our movement!

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Note: even some states not listed do allow for non-binding resolutions at the local or sometimes state level. The overwhelming majority (nearly 90 percent) of American cities report having some form of referendum procedure. You can find out by contacting your Secretary of State or local elections department to learn more about what is allowed in your state or locality.

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Move to Amend Model Initiative Text

RESOLVED, the People of [City], [State], stand with the Move to Amend campaign and communities across the country to defend democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate power by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:

   1. Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights, and

   2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the People of [City], [State], hereby instruct our state and federal representatives to enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.

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Click here to view Move to Amend's Model Resolution for legislative bodies (City Council, County Board, etc) or organizations.

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