We the People Dispatch: Help Get Cosponsors for We the People bills

March 3, 2019

We the People Dispatch

Dispatch a Message to Your Congress Person and MN State Legislators:  “Become a Cosponsor of the We the People bill.”

Contents of this Newsletter:

●     Online Newsletter Editor Needed. Could That Be You?
●     HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill) Introduced in Congress
○     McCollum first cosponsor again! Thank you!
○     Omar became a cosponsor, too! Thank you!
○     Help Get Cosponsors:  Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, Emmer, Petersen, Stauber 
●     MN SF2038  (We the People bill) Introduced in MN State Senate
●     Ask Dehn to Introduce Companion Bill in State House
●     Up the # of Petition Signers to 14,000
●     MNxMN (pronounced Minn by Minn) Annual Conference
●     Local Affiliate Meetings
○     Minneapolis Area
○     Lakes Area (North Central)
○     Saint Paul Area
○     Duluth Area
○     SE MN (Rochester & Winona) Area
●     Adopt the Move to Amend Resolution- Become an Endorsing Organization
●     Endorsing Organizations - Adopted the Move to Amend Resolution

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Online Newsletter Editor Needed:  Could That Be You?

ACTION:  Put your design, editing and writing skills to work improving this online newsletter - We the People Dispatch.

Do you like to design electronic newsletters?  This newsletter could use some new talent.  If you have about 3 hours the last week of every month to gather up the information, format it and post it up this is for you.  You would be working with one person from each affiliate. 

OR   Find your niche on this list of tasks.

Contact Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org  

 

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HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill) Introduced in US Congress on February 25

ACTION:  Call or email the MN Congressional Delegation

Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA) introduced the bill that had been previously championed by Rep Rick Nolan (MN).  Please help get our Representatives to come on as cosponsors. 

Senators Klobuchar and Smith should be asked to champion a bill in the US Senate similar to HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill) in the House.

They need to hear from you that this is important for our democracy.

Clickfor links to their contact information.   

McCollum first cosponsor again!  Thank you!

★  Message to Representative McCollum:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents and am so pleased that you have again cosponsored the We the People Amendment bill (HJR48).   You are always the first cosponsor named.  Thank you!

Omar became a cosponsor, too!  Thank you!

★  Message to Representative Omar:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I learned that you have become cosponsor of HJR48, the We the People Amendment bill.  Thank so soooo much.

Help Get Cosponsors: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, Emmer, Petersen, Stauber 

Message to Representative Craig:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do.  Therefore I support the We the People Amendment bill (HJR48) introduced by Representative Pramila Jayapal. Thank you for making the following pledge.

I support amending the U.S. Constitution to make clear that corporations and other artificial entities do not have Constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending should be limited through regulation.

I will use my office to support the Movement to Amend the Constitution by passing resolutions, proposing legislation, and publicly speaking out about the need for this Amendment.

Please become a cosponsor of HJR48 to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Message to Representative Phillips:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do through their voices.  Therefore I support the We the People Amendment bill (HJR48) introduced by Representative Pramila Jayapal. Thank you for making the following pledge.

I support amending the U.S. Constitution to make clear that corporations and other artificial entities do not have Constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending should be limited through regulation.

I will use my office to support the Movement to Amend the Constitution by passing resolutions, proposing legislation, and publicly speaking out about the need for this Amendment.

Please become a cosponsor of HJR48 to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Message to Representatives Petersen, Hagedorn, Emmer and Stabuer:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do through their voices.  Therefore I support the We the People Amendment bill.  Please cosponsor HJR48.

Message to US Senators Klobuchar and Smith:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about democracy and the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do through their voices.  Please introduce the companion bill to HJR48, the We the People Amendment bill, to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

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MN SF2038 (We the People bill) Introduced on March 4 in MN State Senate 

ACTION:  Constituents make a call or send an email if your state senator is not a cosponsor, Ask them to cosponsor SF2038.  

ACTION:  Thank Senators Marty, Clausen, Carlson and Hawj

Find contact info here.

Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about democracy and the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do.  Please cosponsor the SF2038, We the People bill, to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Help get Republican State Senators behind the We the People bill.  Here are some likely supporters. The Republicans hold only a one vote majority in the State Senate and the four senators below won by 1.4%; 0.45%; 4.0%; and 8.4% respectively.  

If you are in their districts begin contacting them now and get as many of your friends and relatives to do the same.   Click on their name for the contact information.

Senator Justin Eichorn, Grand Rapids (SD05) won by 1.4% in 2016.  There are about 350 Move to Amend petition signers in his district.

Senator Jerry Relph, St Cloud (SD14) won by .45% in 2016.  There are about 90 Move to Amend petition signers in his district. 

Senator Rick Draheim, Madison Lake (SD20) won by 4% in 2016. There are about 240 Move to Amend petition signers in his district.

Senator Mike Goggin, Red Wing (SD21) won by 8.4% in 2016. There are about 350 Move to Amend petition signers in his district.

Message:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do.  Therefore I support the MN We the People bill, SF2038. Please become a cosponsor of this bill to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not 

speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

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Ask Representative Raymond Dehn 

to Introduce Companion Bill in State House

Action:  Call or email Representative Raymond Dehnasking him to introduce the companion bill to SF2038 before March 7 so that it has a chance for a hearing.

 

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  Help Increase the # of Petition Signers to 14,000

ACTION:  Print this formand get 4 people to sign the petition.  

Support continues to increase.  On January 28 the number exceeded 13,000. Now on to 14,000.

This linkwill provide you with what to say and what to do with completed forms or you can contact Barbara, Minnesota State Organizer, at minnesota [at] movetoamend.orgfor Minnesota specific information.

OVER 13,000 people in Minnesota have signed the petition supporting the US Constitutional amendment proposed by Move to Amend:  

Why is this number important?  

1.   Each year we report the number to elected representatives and senators to demonstrate that support is growing for the We the People bill.

2.   Sometimes we call petition signers to ask them to contact their representative or senator and ask them to co-sponsor or vote on our bill.

3.   Think of a snowball rolling down a hill.  As more people are behind this movement the more momentum it will gain.

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MNxMN (pronounced Minn by Minn) Annual Conference

ACTION:  Thank the many volunteers who worked so hard.

Check the website.  Email info [at] mnxmn.org.

 

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Local Affiliate Events

ACTION:  Attend an Affiliate Event.  Receive affiliate Facebook posts.

MINNEAPOLIS AREA:  Help make democracy an issue.
DATES:  March 14, 2019 (2nd Thursday each month) 
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
PLACE:  Grace-Trinity Community Church (in Library)
ADDRESS: 1430 West 28th Street, Minneapolis , MN 55408

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

 

LAKES AREA: 

DATE: March 19, 2019 (3rd Tuesday each month)
TIME: 5:00 social time; 6:00 pm meeting
PLACE: Sage on Laurel
ADDRESS: 606 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact: Roger at brainerd [at] movetoamend.org

●      Facebook Group  - Lakes Area Move to Amend:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/712167322316204/

 

EVENT:  One Woman Drama“Jeanette Rankin: Suffragist /First Congresswoman”
DATE:  March 30, 2019
TIME:  
●      6:00 pm - Artist Reception for J. Emily Peabody author/actor
●      7:00 pm - Performance
PLACE:  Tornstrom Auditorium
ADDRESS:  Brainerd, MN

You won’t want to miss this Lakes Area affiliate social, fundraiser, petition-signing event.  This one woman show based on the life of Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973).  She was a Montana suffragist and peace advocate and the first woman elected to Congress (1917).  The performer is J. Emily Peabody, acclaimed actress and therapist.   

 

SAINT PAUL AREA:  Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series

We the People 2.0 (video)

DATE:  March 25, 2019 (4th Monday each month), except May (3rd Monday)
TIME:  6:00-6:30 social time;  6:30-8:30 pm program and discussion
PLACE:  West 7th Mississippi Market
ADDRESS:   1500 W 7th Street, St Paul, MN  55102 

Contact: Becky atsaintpaul [at] movetoamend.org

The Saint Paul Area affiliate is holding a series of democracy discussions.  The topics for the next three months are: We the People 2.0 (video), Capitalism & Democracy, and Divided We Fall (video).  

Pre-register at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.orgto 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.

●     Facebook Group - St Paul Area Move to Amend:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/St.PaulAreaMoveToAmend/

 

DULUTH AREA:  Contact Barbara at duluth [at] movetoamend.org

●     Facebook Group - Duluth Area Move to Amend:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/DuluthAreaMTA/

 

SE MN (Rochester & Winona) Area:  Contact Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org

●     Facebook Group - SE MN (Rochester & Winona) Move to Amend: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RochesterAreaMTA/

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Adopt the Move to Amend Resolution- Become an Endorsing Organization

Find the resolution and instructions here.

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Endorsing Organizations - Adopted the Move to Amend Resolution

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

 

Labor:

MN AFL-CIO  & MN AFL-CIO Retiree Council  *  Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO  * 

SEIU Minnesota State Council

 

Health:

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.

 

Business:

Progpen Consulting, Inc

 

Other:

Edina Indivisible Minnesota  *  Indivisible I (International) Falls  *  Minnesota chapter of the Progressive Independent Party  *  N.E. Metro Progressives *  Occupy Saint Paul

 

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