For the Move to Amend coalition and our supporters, 2012 was a banner year. At a time in our nation’s history marked by economic and social stress, MTA stayed focused on our goal and met with success, thanks entirely to the investment—both physical and financial—of members like you.
We have big plans for 2013 and we want to share them with you and give you the opportunity to get involved in the year ahead.
Here are some highlights from last year...
- Our Occupy the Courts event held on the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision was a huge success. Events were held at 142 federal court buildings around the country along with a rally, march, and address on the steps of the Supreme Court. We made connections with the Occupy movement, the Backbone Campaign and others, setting the stage for exponential growth.
- In an effort to provide better understanding, tools, and resources to MTA affiliates, regional convergences took place in seven cities. There’s no substitute for gathering together in person and getting to know the people who are sharing and working towards the same goal. We plan to converge in four locations in 2013; details coming soon.
Because we believe that corporations are not people and are not entitled to inherent rights, we therefore believe that all people are entitled to inherent rights. The regional convergences provided an opportunity to integrate anti-oppression work into our organizing. This will become a central focus in 2013 as we work to bridge the divides, which have prevented us from uniting in the past.
- We barnstormed the country, spread our message and inspired people to join us. David visited over one hundred cities, and due to his success, will barnstorm his way through the coming year.
- MTA hooked up with Ben Cohen to produce the Amend-O-Matic, a rolling contraption that stamped paper money with basic people-power messages, which we hope will circulate throughout the country for years to come. Unfortunately, we encountered numerous issues with the contraption; still the stamping idea was well received. Stamps are available for purchase, so you can become part of the ongoing stampede as well.
- The real measure of our success came on Election Day where our collective efforts paid off big time. Resolutions and ballot initiatives passed in 100 municipalities, proving that our message and strategy resound in red and blue districts alike.