November 2017 Newsletter: Updates from the Movement to Amend

November 7, 2017

Tell Your Senator To Introduce The We People Amendment Before 2018!

House Joint Resolution 48 has gathered and maintained strong support in the House of Representatives over the course of the year.

We now have 51 cosponsors--which means we're well ahead of NEXT year's goal of 45 House cosponsors! 

However, we are still falling behind our 2017 strategic goal of introducing the We the People Amendment in the U.S. Senate. 2018 is almost here so now is the time to pull out the stops and push your Senators to take action. We need YOUR help!  

Here's what you can do to make this happen:

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and ask your Senators BY NAME to introduce the companion bill to HJR 48. Senators definitely pay attention when their name shows up in the paper. If you're willing to do this task, please sign up here and we'll send you information to get started!
  • Call your Senators by phone and urge them to introduce a Senate companion bill to House Joint Resolution 48! Click here to get their phone numbers.
  • Donate to support our efforts! We've been organizing and educating on the issue of corporate personhood for decades. We can't vote our way out of this mess. Only a 28th Amendment can solve this problem.

We must keep pressure on Senators to make the most of our amazing year in the House of Representatives and prepare for 2018. Talk with your Senators TODAY and tell them to join over 440,000 people who want them to sponsor the We the People Amendment!

Want to take action? Send a message to your representative and senators to sign on to House Joint Resolution 48 -- the We The People Amendment!

Send your Senator a message today: introduce the We the People Amendment!

Send your House Representative a message today: co-sponsor HJR 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 (NY) • 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) • Suzan DelBene (WA) • Jackie Speier (CA) • Seth Moulton (MA) • Janice Schakowsky (IL) • Marcy Kaptur (OH) • Jim McGovern (MA) • Karen Bass (CA) • Ed Perlmutter (CO) • Adam Smith (WA) • Al Lawson (FL) • Mark DeSaulnier (CA) • Joseph Kennedy (MA) • Niki Tsongas (MA) • Stephen Lynch (MA) • Katherine Clark (MA) 


​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 October 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.


How Do Your Neighbors Feel About Corporate Rule?

Earlier this year we launched the We The People Listen campaign to bring Move to Amend to your neighborhood.

This campaign goes door-to-door to help Move to Amend volunteers and staff learn about what's important to your community and connect the issues of corporate constitutional rights and money in politics with their concerns. It is the perfect opportunity to build relationships and trust with your neighbors while strengthening your organizing skills as Move to Amend volunteer! 

Shout-out to Debra Ostlund and her teammate of the Brainerd Lakes Area affiliate in central Minnesota for getting out in their neighborhoods and listening to people and building relationships!

They surveyed 18 households over four days and said they would recommend the experience to other affiliates:

  • It hones one's ability to develop an "elevator speech." 
  • It was personally enriching to listen to other people's views and "connect the dots" between the things they identify as problems and the fact that corporations contribute to those problems in one way or another. 
  • Surprising how forthcoming some people are about sharing their views and how readily some people signed the petition.

They also noted that the overwhelming majority of people identified health care as the nation's foremost problem: access, insurance rates, pharmaceuticals, complexity, etc.   

➤➤ Click here to watch our Kickoff Webinar and find helpful resources on how to get started!

Eager to get started in your community? Click here to sign up!


Intern with Move To Amend!

We are seeking bright, energetic folks to join our Spring 2018 intern team. Interns can telecommute from anywhere in the United States.

Interns are a critical part of Move To Amend's infrastructure and will get quickly plugged in to serious organizing work in our committees & caucuses. Our intern team also provides support to Move to Amend affiliate groups all across the country. 

Hours: Part time, 25-35 hours per week for on-site interns, open to less hours for the right person (telecommute option only). 

Application deadline: November 24

For more information on the internship program, please visit http://movetoamend.org/internships


We are Hiring: Join our Team!

Job Announcement: Outreach Coordinator

The Outreach Coordinator works with the Outreach Director and Communications Team to coordinate and administer Move to Amend’s outreach efforts at the national level, and provides support and training to affiliate volunteers conducting outreach in their communities. 

Note that this position requires living in the Sacramento, CA area. Move to Amend employees work in a shared office 2 days a week and from home the rest of the time.

Click here for more information and application details.

Job Announcement: Legislative & Media Coordinator

The Legislative & Media Coordinator works with other staff, board members and volunteers to elevate our message, analysis, and frame with elected officials and their staff; track and support legislative efforts at the state and federal level; engage and grow our supporter base involved in citizen lobbying and media outreach efforts; and create and distribute press releases and media advisories and develop relationships with national and regional reporters.

Note that this position requires living in the Washington D.C. area or within a few hour train ride to easily accommodate frequent trips to D.C.

Click here for more information and application details.

Deadline to apply for both positions is December 1, 2017 and expected start date is January 8, 2018.


Are You a Person of Faith? Join Move To Amend's Interfaith Caucus!

Many religions believe that only God/Goddess/The Divine/Spirit can endow a living being with inherent and inalienable rights. Certainly no religion or spiritual practice teaches that artificial entities and inanimate things have inherent and inalienable rights.

How much more powerful can this movement be when thousands and then millions of us come together in outrage about the violation corporate action causes to our most cherished beliefs, values, principles and doctrines?

We must take a stand against corporate hostility towards faith communities!

➤➤ If you’re interested in being part of the Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus, please go here for more information!


The Holiday Season is Coming! Host Your Own Houseparty with Move to Amend!

Houseparties are fun way to inform others about corporate personhood and big money in politics and raise funds and support for Move to Amend. You can even include yummy treats like a Move to Amend chocolate covered strawberries!

During the party, you’ll get to mingle with guests and get to know like-minded people; eat delicious snacks -- you can even show and discuss our Legalize Democracy film.

We’ll provide you with all the Move to Amend materials that you need to host the party. We’ll also equip you with skills and resources, including a houseparty webinar, to help you plan for your party.  

Houseparties play an incredibly important role for Move to Amend. The funds raised certainly help us accomplish the goals laid out in our strategic plan, but that’s only a fraction of why houseparties are so important.

Houseparties are opportunities for you to hold genuine and meaningful conversations about corporate personhood. It’s a chance for you to share up front and in person about why this issue is such a huge threat to our democracy, and why you care about it.

Your relationship with your family and friends gives you the unique ability to bring the movement to amend to your personal community in a way they can relate to.

                


Add a Move To Amend Bumper Sticker To Your Car! 

Like every holiday season, millions of Americans will be traveling over the next couple months.

People will be taking trains, planes, cars, or a combination of those to visit and spend time with friends and family.  

There is no easier way to promote Move To Amend and advocate for the We The People Amendment than taking five seconds to put a sticker on your car, suitcase, or another place where people will see it! 

Move To Amend Stickers are some of the most popular items on our online store and always a crowd favorite when tabling at events. 

➤➤ Order your Move To Amend sticker today!


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