We the People Dispatch
Contents of this Newsletter:
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Feb. 11 - 2 pm rally at the Capitol, show up to Move to Amend
Join us Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. for a rally on the first day of the 2020 Minnesota legislative session, organized by RepresentUs Minnesota. This event provides an opportunity to inspire and engage all Minnesotans who value democracy and desire laws and processes that bring us closer to that vision. You will be able to connect with other groups working to fix our democratic processes. Minnesota Move to Amend State Network will be among the groups staffing a table in the Capitol Rotunda from 2-4:30 p.m.
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Feb. 25 - bring the We the People resolution to your precinct caucus
Feb. 25 is the date for all precinct caucuses, for all political parties. It is very important to attend your local caucus and introduce our We the People resolution. This is the first step toward advancing it into your party’s platform.
For the caucus resolution, instructions and link to find the location of your caucus, visit 2020 Caucus Resolution and Instructions. At the bottom of this webpage is a completed version of the DFL caucus resolution form that you can print to bring with you. The same wording can be used for other parties’ forms and procedures.
Please remember to report your results back to us at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org. Subject: Caucus report
Thanks for your commitment to building momentum in this critical movement for democracy.
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Seeking grassroots democracy intern
To develop social media, multigenerational outreach, political and issue analysis articles, direct action, fundraising appeal and more - in support of the movement to grow democracy and pass the We the People Amendment.
This position is for someone located in Minnesota to work with the Minnesota affiliates.
Email barbara [at] movetoamend.org for more information. Subject: Interested in MN Intern Position
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Urge Senators Smith and Klobuchar to cosponsor
#WeThePeopleAmendment in the US Senate
Big news! Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) will introduce the #WeThePeopleAmendment in the Senate, but needs a coalition of at least five other senators to join him by cosponsoring. You can help by calling Sen. Tina Smith and Sen. Amy Klobuchar as soon as possible to urge them to become one of the five cosponsors. Passing the amendment will clarify that well-funded entities do not have the constitutional right of free speech by way of money (money = free speech) and will help get big money out of politics.
ACTION: Today - Take five minutes to call the offices of Sen. Smith and Sen. Klobuchar.
★ Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents. I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do through their voices. Therefore I support HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill). Please work with Sen. Markey and Move to Amend to become a cosponsor in the US Senate of the companion bill. (This is an example of a conversation that includes the key points.)
It won’t take much time, and your effort will help them understand how much the issue means to Minnesotans. Thanks for helping, and please forward to folks who may be willing to call as well.
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Resources for educators:
Help students understand the current Constitutional crisis
ACTION: Attention educators! if you want to learn more or want specific information, email minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.
The current Constitutional crisis provides a great opportunity for teachers to prompt student discussions about the balance of power intended by the country’s founders.
While it might make sense to promote the Move to Amend Constitution Day curriculum closer to the very day, on Sept. 17, educators and others may find value in tapping the free resources right now, while the power struggle in Washington dominates the news. All sides claim the Constitution justifies their positions, so what are people to believe? How much of the stand-off is actually grounded in the need to appease generous campaign donors?
The MTA’s Constitution Day resources includes activities, such as Rights and Privileges Timeline Exercise, and discussion questions - to help learners better understand the current struggle among the three branches of government.
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Join Legislation Action Team
to move SF2038 / HF2701 through the MN Legislature
ACTION: Email minnesota [at] movetoamend.org to join the the Minnesota Move to Amend State Network Legislation Action Team.
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Help expand the base of petition signers
“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis, former Supreme Court Justice.
Any movement starts with people voicing their concern, making a commitment and joining other similarly concerned neighbors.
We have Move to Amenders in every House and Senate District in Minnesota which demonstrates the widespread concern people have about our democracy. You can help us double the number by asking people in your community to sign the petition.
There are three ways people can sign the petition that says:
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
You can help gather signatures in support of the petition statement. It is the best way to educate the public. Community festivals, political rallies, farmers' markets, grocery stores, film screenings, picnics of local organizations, and other local events can provide good opportunities for outreach.
To learn more about Move to Amend go to https://movetoamend.org
For help and more information about the efforts in Minnesota, please email Deborah at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org
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Local affiliate events
ACTION: Attend an affiliate event. Receive affiliate Facebook posts.
MINNEAPOLIS AREA: Become an activist for democracy. Help make democracy the issue.
The church is located one-half block west of the corner of Hennepin Avenue South and West 28th Street. FREE parking is across the street from the church on the west side of the parking lot.
Contact: Debbie at minneapolis [at] movetoamend.org
● Facebook group - Minneapolis Area Move to Amend: https://www.facebook.com/groups/187282821402746/?ref=bookmarks
SAINT PAUL AREA:
Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion series
Immigration, Detention, Deportation
Minnesota is the state that welcomes the largest number of immigrants per capita. In 2003, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) opened its doors. This agency has the power to change immigrant lives and thousands of stories stand as a testament to how this governmental agency and its contractors profit from detaining and deporting our neighbors.
We will watch short videos of Release MN 8, a group of Cambodian refugees in Minnesota who have fought for their families for over three years, and Edith Espinal, an Ohio woman living in sanctuary. We will discuss with local activists about what is happening weekly at the Whipple Building. This provides context for two key questions: What is ICE doing in Minnesota to detain and deport people? Who is profiting? We also encourage group members to attend the Drivers License for All Rally at the State Capitol steps on Feb 11 at 11:30 a.m. to stand with our undocumented neighbors.
Contact: Sarah at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org
Pre-register at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org to receive readings in advance of the discussion. Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line. This is not necessary but will be helpful for your participation.
Another way to become informed: Ask to join the Facebook group - St Paul Area Move to Amend: https://www.facebook.com/groups/St.PaulAreaMoveToAmend/
ST CLOUD AREA: We are exploring interest in starting an affiliate in central Minnesota. A screening of Dark Money will be the first educational session. If you are interested please let Jeff and Darold know at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org Type “St Cloud Area” in the subject field.
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Adopt the Move to Amend / We the People Resolution
ACTION: Find the resolution and instructions here.
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Minnesota organizations for ending
corporate personhood and money as speech
Cities: City of Duluth - City of Lauderdale*** - City of Minneapolis - City of New Brighton*** - City of St. Paul
Counties (Board of Commissioners): Sherburne County**
Peace: Anti-War Committee - Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) - GlobalSolutionsMN.org - Grandmothers for Peace – Twin Cities - Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers - Twin Cities Peace Campaign - Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 - Women Against Military Madness
Democracy: Ecology Democracy Network - Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections
Environment: The Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities (3CTC) - Minnesota Pachamama Community - MN 350 - Organic Consumer Association - Community Power
Faith Communities: Macalester Plymouth United Church - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth - Oak Grove Presbyterian Church - St. Christopher's Episcopal Church - The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area - Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Labor: American Federation of Government Employees 8th District (AFGE) - MN AFL-CIO & MN AFL-CIO Retiree Council - MN Nurses Assn - National Farmers Union - Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO - SEIU Minnesota State Council
Health: Health Care for All Minnesota - MN Citizens Federation NE
Legal/Human Rights: National Lawyers Guild of Minnesota - Winona Human Rights Commission - NAACP, Duluth, MN Branch - Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial, Inc. - Richfield Social Justice Community
Business: Progpen Consulting, Inc
Other: Edina Indivisible Minnesota - Humanists of Minnesota - Indivisible I (International) Falls - Minnesota chapter of the Progressive Independent Party - N.E. Metro Progressives - Occupy Saint Paul