Manasota Move to Amend

Date Established: 

June 2014

The local Move to Amend affiliate for Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida.

The Manasota Move to Amend Affiliate is working under the umbrella of the Peace Education and Action Center.  This group is continuing and expanding on the great work done by SAFE (Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections), a partner affiliate since September 2011.

October 2017 Update: 

Critical Times Conference - November 3-5

Move to Amend Leadership Team Member George Friday will be keynoting the Critical Times: Taking Action for Economic Justice and Democracy Conference on Saturday, November 4 in Sarasota.  Her talk will focus on "Building a Justice Movement, Ending Oppression, and Creating Democracy".  Click here to learn more about the Conference.

Other upcoming events:

Tuesday, November 7 - DARK MONEY - A presentation by local activist and radio host Cathy Antunes on the impact of dark money on local elections.  6:30pm at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court. 

Tuesday, December 5 - PROTECT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS - A panel discussion hosted by POPS, a new group that formed from our local Move to Amend affiliate, and is focussed on fighting privatization of public education.  6:30pm at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court.

Sunday, January 21 - ACTION IN A BOX DIRECT ACTION  - help us raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money on politics and the need for the 28th Amendment.

December 2016 Update:

We had nine local candidates take the Pledge to Amend in 2016.  Unfortunately none of them were elected to office.  We did meet with our elected Congressman Vern Buchanan in October to ask him to sponsor the We the People Amendment (H.J. Res. 48).  Although he did not agree to sponsor the Amendment, we did find common ground. Congressman Buchanan told us that he is dismayed at the huge amounts of dark money that can flow in support of a candidate during the last days or weeks leading up to an election with no disclosure requirements. He voiced a clear desire for transparency regarding campaign funding. 

On Constitution Day we were able to present to students in two schools (one elementary and one high school) about how to amend the constitution and the way that corporations have gained constitutional rights.

Our focus for the first few months of the coming year will be to collect petition signatures, reach out to new organizations to endorse Move to Amend, and re-connect with existing supporters to see how they can be activated to assist our efforts.

January 2016 Update:

The Manasota Move to Amend Affiliate hosted Outreach Director David Cobb and his partner Ruthi Engelke for 2 days in January.  We participated in the MLK Day Unity Walk, tabled at the MLK Community Celebration at the park (where David got a chance to speak from the main stage), we became the second group in the country to complete the Movement Education Program and developed a Solidarity Organizing Plan for our area -and that was just on Monday. 

On Tuesday we held a Movement Building Workshop at Fogartyville with Ruthi facilitating Theater of the Oppressed games/activities to build trust and encourage analysis of systematic oppression. In the evening David gave a rousing talk on Challenging Corporate Rule and Creating Democracy. 

The work continues now and we need your involvement.  Some events coming up that we need help planning/organizing:

·      FEBRUARY - Follow up with Pledge to Amend Campaign on Island Communities
·      FEBRUARY - Explore the possibility of getting non-binding referendum on county ballot
·      FEBRUARY - Rhana’s Campus Tour kickoff
·       APRIL - All Power to the Imagination at New College–  April 29 - May 1st
·      MAY 6-9- Move to Amend Conference – Washington, DC
·      SEPTEMBER - Constitution Day – September 17 – Put together presentation we can offer schools on this day.



Press Coverage

Defend Democracy Conference

February 4, 2017

The Unitarian Universalist congregation in Venice has endorsed Move To Amend and they mean it! Kindra Muntz pulled together a fantastic conference in Venice. Participants arrived from all over Southwest Florida. Arlene Sweeting and Diane Desenberg of the Manasota Move To Amend team were both presenters. During the conference, participants had a chance to get together in small groups to discuss what they could do locally to help defend our democracy.

Public Comment with the Manatee County Commissioners

June 9, 2016

Manasota Move To Amend pressed forward with the Manatee Board of County Commissioners during the Public Comment period of their June 7 meeting.  Jaime Canfield, William Dennison, Mary Sheppard, and Frank Dellert took to the podium to catalog some of the problems associated with corporate power from a local perspective. This was their second attempt to speak.  On May 24, a group of Move To Amend supporters did not get a chance to speak due to a large group that monopolized the microphone. They persevered and returned two weeks later.

MLK Day Observed on the Suncoast

January 18, 2016

"It is shameful on this celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. that we have to begin with a statement that black lives matter," said David Cobb with Move to Amend, a nonprofit organization that says their aim is to restructure society so everyone experiences their human rights. "Because of course that's true, but yet our racist country conduct itself as if it's not true."