We the People Dispatch: Kaitlin in MN; Voter Guide

October 4, 2018

We the People Dispatch

Contents of this Newsletter:

  • Speaking Tour:  Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Director
    • Faith Communities - October 10
    • Labor & Democracy (open to all) - October 11
    • We the People vs. Corporate Rule:  It’s Up to Us! (open to all) - October 13
  • Voters Guide:  We the People Amendment
  • “Dark Money” film - POV
  • Local Affiliate Meetings

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Speaking Tour:  Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap,

 Move to Amend National Director

ACTION:  For Clergy, Religious Educators, Church & Society and Justice Committees, Denominational, Ecumenical & Interfaith Organization Officers—

Move to Amend Information/Endorsement Event for FAITH COMMUNITIES

YOU ARE INVITED to meet and converse with Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Director and Leaders of Minnesota Move to Amend Affiliates.

Move to Amend is a nationwide, non-partisan effort calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 10  
TIME:  11:30 am  - Meet and Greet and Box Lunch followed by Program
PLACE:  Oak Grove Presbyterian Church
ADDRESS:  2200 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, 55431
PROGRAM·  Move to Amend -- What is it?  Current State of the Movement
o   Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director
·             Endorsements by Congregations  —  Why and How?
o   Rev. Bill Chadwick, Oak Grove Presbyterian
o   Rev. Adam Blons, Macalester Plymouth United
·             Democracy’s Religious Roots
o   Rev. Roger Grussing, Co-chair Lakes Area MTA
·        Q&A & Conversation with Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap & local Move to Amend  leaders


Labor & Democracy - Open to All

(Session 4 of a 6-session Movement Building Education Program)


DATE:  Thursday, October 11
TIME:  6:00-8:00.
PLACE:  East Side Freedom Library
ADDRESS:   1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN  55106
ACTION:  You all come.

Join us for a collaborative discussion on the legacy of the Labor movement with Move to Amend National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Discuss how to incorporate the strategies of effective past movements to your work and the national effort to end corporate rule and get big money out of elections.

  • Discuss the commitment of organized labor to a grassroots strategy lead by people at the frontlines of the struggle, and how this informs our work today.
  • Examine the historical divide between the working class and ruling class as it is relevant to our work as organizers now.
  • Explore how a people-powered movement pressured the official political structures into recognizing their demands, and how we can employ some of those strategies today.
  • Build off the victories and struggles of previous labor organizers to build movement strength and endurance now.

Please come and lend your voice to the growing conversation on how to build a more authentic democracy accountable to We the People over industry profits, by passing a 28th amendment to the U.S constitution that abolishes corporate constitutional rights and money as political speech.

There are pre-session readings or videos.  To received them sign-up with Barbara Gerten at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.  Please leave your name and phone number


We the People vs. Corporate Rule:  It’s Up to Us! - Open to All

Mark your calendars for a presentation on the movement to end corporate rule and get big money out of politics!  

DATE:  Saturday, October 13th
TIME:  7:00-9:00 pm
PLACE: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester
ADDRESS: 1727 Walden Lane, Rochester, MN  55902
ACTION:  You all come.

Move to Amend, the national campaign to end Corporate Personhood and get big money out of politics, in collaboration with Social Justice Council of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, Rochester Friends Meeting, SE MN Alliance of Peacemakers, Land Stewardship Project, Move to Amend and MN Move to Amend State Network, invite you to a presentation on the topic of challenging corporate rule and creating authentic democracy.

“Corporate Personhood” commonly refers to the court-created precedent that gives corporations constitutional rights intended solely for human beings. This corporate perversion of constitutional rights is directly tied to the inability of We the People and our government to address increasingly devastating environmental, economic, and social justice issues.

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, the National Director of Move to Amend, will give a historical overview of how over a century of Supreme Court rulings have bestowed corporations with constitutional rights.  Community members will learn how to work with those we elect in November to grow a grassroots movement to get big money out of politics. This will be followed by Q&A, discussion and next steps for local action.  It is also is an opportunity to talk with Kaitlin about the intersection of corporate rule and the local issues they work to overcome.

For more information on this event contact: Barbara Gerten at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org 651-470-7781. Check out the website at https://movetoamend.org/minnesota

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Voters Guide:  We the People Amendment


Early voting has started and the Minnesota Move to Amend State Network is pleased to announce the full list of candidates who have demonstrated support by cosponsoring the We the People bill in the past and/or completing the Pledge to Amend questionnaire with “YES” responses.

1.      Do you 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?

2.      Will you use your office to support the Movement to Amend the Constitution by passing resolutions, proposing legislation, and publicly speaking out about the need for this Amendment?

* Completed the questionnaire
** Cosponsored a Minnesota We the People bill or the bill in Congress
*** Completed both the questionnaire and cosponsored a We the People bill.
Minnesota State Governor - Tim Walz**
Minnesota State Governor - Chris Wright*
Minnesota Attorney General - Keith Ellison***
Minnesota Attorney General - Noah M. Johnson*
Minnesota US Senate – Paula Overby*
Minnesota US House of Representatives, CD2 – Angie Craig*
Minnesota US House of Representatives, CD3 – Dean Phillips*
Minnesota US House of Representatives, CD4 - Betty McCollum**
Minnesota US House of Representatives, CD8 – Joe Radinovich*
Minnesota US House of Representatives, CD8 – Ray “Skip” Sandman*
Minnesota State Senate, District 13 – Joe Perske*
Minnesota State House of Representatives -
02A Michael Northbird*
03A Rob Ecklund**
05A John Persell***
05B Pat Medure*
07A Jennifer Schultz***
07B Liz Olson***
08B Gail Kulp*
09A Alex Hering*
10A Dale Menk*
11A Mike Sundin**
11B Tim Burkhardt*
13B Heidi Everett*
14A Aric Putnam*
15A Emy Minzel*
15B Karla Scapanski*
15B Myron Arthur Wilson*
18A Justin Vold*
19B Jack Considine*
21A Lori Ann Clark*
25B Duane Sauke**
26A Tina Liebling***
28B Thomas Trehus*
29B Sharon McGinty*
34A Dan Solon*
35A Bill Vikander*
35B Kathryn Eckhardt*
38A Kevin Fogarty*
39A Ann Mozey*
40A Mike Nelson**
41A Connie Bernardy**
41B Mary Kunesh-Podein*
42A Kelly Moller*
42B Jamie Becker-Finn*
43A Peter Fischer**
43B Leon Lillie**
44A Ginny Klevorn*
45A Lyndon Carlson*
45B Mike Freiberg**
46A Ryan Winkler**
47A Madalynn Gerold*
49B Steve Elkins*
50B Andrew Carlson***
51B Laurie Halvorson**
52A Rick Hansen**
56B Alice Mann*
57B John Huot*
58B Marla Vagts*
59B Raymond Dehn***
61A Frank Hornstein***
61B Jamie Long*
63A Jim Davnie**
63B Jean Wagenius*
64B Dave Pinto***
65A Rena Moran*
65B Carlos Mariani**
66A Alice Hausman*
66B John Lesch*
Responded with a NO to both questions
18A Jill Galvan*
62A Bruce Lundeen*
If candidates on your ballot are not listed above, please ask them to complete the questionnaire at https://movetoamend.org/take-pledge-amend. Their contact information can be found on the spreadsheet on this page.
As additional questionnairs are completed we will update the list at https://movetoamend.org/voter-guide-candidate-responses-pledge-amend
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Dark Money Film - POV

If you missed the showing in Minneapolis Here is another opportunity - http://www.pbs.org/pov/darkmoney/video/video-darkmoney-national-viewing-party-promo/
It is very timely with all the money and groups flooding our election this year.  
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Local Affiliate Meetings

ACTION:  Attend  a Monthly Meeting
LAKES AREA:  Help promote the “We the People” amendment.
DATE: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
TIME: 5:00 - 6:00 pm social time; 7:00 pm meeting
PLACE: Sage on Lauel
ADDRESS: 606 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401
MINNEAPOLIS AREA:  Help make democracy an issue.
DATE:  Thursday, October 11, 2018 (2nd Thursday each month)
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
PLACE:  Grace-Trinity Community Church (in Library)
ADDRESS: 1430 West 28th Street, Minneapolis , MN
SAINT PAUL AREA:  Put your interests and talents to work for democracy.
DATE:  Monday, October 22, 2018 (4th Monday each month)
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
PLACE:  Schmidt Artists Lofts, Bottle House
ADDRESS:   876 7th Street West, St Paul, MN  55102