North Carolina

We, the people of the State of North Carolina, respectfully request a proposed ballot measure be put forth in the 2018 General Election to be voted upon by the people of North Carolina. This ballot measure, known and cited as the “We the People Act,” declares that the people of North Carolina support amending the Constitution of the United States to firmly establish that money is not speech and that human beings, not corporations or other artificial entities, are “natural persons” entitled to constitutional rights.

Read the full text of Senate bill S354

Read the full text of House bill H453

The undersigned calls on the North Carolina General Assembly to pass S354 and H453 providing for the following question for voters on the 2018 General Election statewide ballot:

[For]           [Against]

“Urging the United States Congress to amend the Constitution of the United States declaring that constitutional rights belong to individuals and not to corporations or other artificial entities and that constitutionally protected free speech excludes the unlimited spending of money on political campaign contributions.”

 

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Announcements

The Grinch Who Stole Democracy

July 19, 2017

After Donald Trump ascended to the presidency, despite losing the popular vote by an astounding margin, there just wasn't a lot of cheering to be heard in Whoville. Trump is like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, with the notable exception that Trump doesn't have a heart, not even one ten sizes too small.  

Our mission is to establish authentic, participatory democracy for all people, not corporations. Our first goal is to help build a diverse democracy movement capable of passing the We the People Amendment. The amendment abolishes corporate constitutional rights (corporate personhood) and money as free political speech. 

If you're new to Move to Amend, or joining the growing resistance; if you want to do more, but don't know where to start, or if your #1 issue just hit a brick wall built by the corporatized state, we invite you to volunteer with Move to Amend, the Campaign to Legalize Democracy!

We the People Amendment has 29 Co-Sponsors and Counting!

March 14, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that we have 29 co-sponsors on the We the People Amendment (HJR 48)! 

Our strategic goal this year is to reach 35 co-sponsors, and we are well on our way!

We want to thank both our lead sponsor, Rep. Rick Nolan and our Move to Amend affiliates for their handiwork. Well done!

Of course we want to thank our first-time co-sponsors:

Rep. Alma Adams [NC-12],
Rep. Donald Beyer, Jr. [VA-8],
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [OR-1],
Rep. Eliot Engel [NY-16],
Rep. Derek Kilmer [WA-6],
Rep. Ro Khanna, [CA-17],
Rep. Donald Norcross [NJ-1],
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [DC-At Large],
Rep. Jamie Raskin [MD-8],
Rep. Jose Serrano [NY-15], and
Rep. Paul Tonko, Paul [NY-20]

If you're a constituent of one of the above members of Congress, send them a thank-you note here. They need and will appreciate your support. (A full list of our co-sponsors is here.)

Contact your member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor H.J.R. 48, the We the People Amendment!

MTA RESOLUTION ONCE AGAIN BEFORE NC LEGISLATURE: Far-WNC-SYLVA WORKS with CAMTA & MABCO

February 25, 2015

Members of MTA WNC, in tandem with their Asheville and Charlotte area counterparts, have worked for the past few months to secure 22 primary and co-sponsors who have now introduced NC House Joint Resolution 125 in the North Carolina General Assembly. As expected the bill was assigned by NC’s conservative majority to the Rules Committee.

Press Coverage

Free Speech Zones Questioned

November 23, 2015

The First Amendment guarantees citizens the right to freedom of speech.

This guarantee is being questioned at UNC Asheville.

“It alarms me that there is a free speech zone at all,” said Diana Kruk, vice chair of Move to Amend, with her voice raised and fist in the air. “I feel like a university campus should be a bastion of free thinking, free speech and free association, and by establishing a free speech zone you eliminate that.”

Push Against Corporate Political Speech Faces Uphill Battle in Raleigh

March 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina would push Congress to help head off the flow of corporate money into the federal, state and local elections under a measure filed by Democrats and favored by Move to Amend, a citizens group calling for a federal constitutional amendment.

"Today, we see elected offices at all levels, including the judiciary, commodities on an open market," said Tom Coulson, a member of Move to Amend who spoke at the legislature Wednesday morning.

MORAL MARCH TO THE POLLS BY CITIZENS

October 29, 2014

The Sylva Herald center-front page was dominated by a photo and brief story about the march organized by the Jackson County NAACP branch. MTA-Far Western NC-Sylva was a co-sponsor of this highly visible event, staged to protest and bring attention to voting rights removed by the recent state voting law. The Moral March to the Polls was duplicated in many North Carolina counties on Oct.23rd, the first day of Early Voting.