Washington


Move to Amend local affiliates in Washington state, as well as Move to Amend National, are coalition partners in a group called "WAmend".  

WAmend's mission is to put the State of Washington on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The amendment will empower our elected representatives to put reasonable limits on how much money corporations, special interest groups, and billionaires spend on influencing elections. We believe this amendment is needed to win back a democracy that works for ALL Americans, not just the wealthiest few.

The amendment would settle for once and for all that:

  • Constitutional rights belong only to individual people, NOT corporations;
  • Spending money is NOT free speech under the First Amendment;
  • Governments are empowered to regulate political contributions and expenditures to prevent undue influence; and
  • Political contributions and expenditures must be promptly disclosed to the public.

Click HERE for full text of the initiative.

Click HERE to find out more about WAmend and what you can do to help win I-735 in November!

 

Announcements

Move to Amend Reports on Ballot Initiatives in Washington & Ohio

March 10, 2016

Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution through our weekly podcast. Every Thursday morning.

This week we highlight the upcoming ballot initiatives calling for a constitutional amendment to end corporate constitutional rights and money as speech in Washington State (I-735) and Toledo, Ohio (Issue 1). Join us as we talk with Move to Amend Spokane’s Stacy Cossey, WAmend organizers Diane Jones & Cindy Black, and Toledo Move to Amend’s Douglas Jambard-Sweet

Move to Amend Reports on Corporate Agribusiness and the People's Tribunal for Farmworkers

February 25, 2016

Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution through our weekly podcast. Every Thursday at 7am Pacific / 10am Eastern.

This week we talk with Latino Advocacy, LLC founder Maru Mora-Villalpando about the recent People’s Tribunal for Farmworkers and the systemic violations of state laws, civil rights, labor rights, and human rights by corporate agricultural industries in Washington State.

Washington Ballot Measure Approved for November Election!

January 26, 2016

The Secretary of State’s Office for Washington State Elections certified Initiative 735 for the ballot today. I-735 will ask Washington voters to decide this November whether to join sixteen other states in calling for their state legislature and Congress to propose an amendment that makes clear that constitutional rights belong to human beings only and that money is not protected speech, effectively overturning the controversial decision in the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Press Coverage

'Only human beings have constitutional rights;' Q&A with Move to Amend's David Cobb

August 14, 2015

David Cobb, a Texas lawyer and activist who ran on the Green Party line for president in 2004, says the only way to get the unprecedented about of money out of politics is a constitutional amendment that spells out out that money is not speech and corporations aren’t people. 

Cobb, a national spokesperson for the Move to Amend campaign, will be speaking in Spokane on Tuesday. He spoke with the Inlander about how the time is ripe for change, how Donald Trump’s rise signals positive developments for American politics, where Bernie Sanders falls short and why he’s optimistic about his seemingly quixotic goal. 

Move to Amend Grassroots Forum Shares Local Effort to “Save Democracy”

July 11, 2012

Islanders are applying the “think local first” philosophy to address a national issue. Move to Amend Kitsap, a local affiliate of a national campaign, will host a Grassroots Forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Ave. Organizers of the gathering hope to start some dialogue on what can be done at the local level to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen’s United ruling.