We the People Dispatch: Seeking Intern & Call Senators Today

December 3, 2019

 We the People Dispatch

Contents of this Newsletter:
●      Seeking grassroots democracy intern
●     Urge Sen. Klubuchar and Sen. Smith to co-sponsor #WeThePeopleAmendment in the Senate
●      Resources for educators: Help students understand the current Constitutional crisis
●      We the People bill (SF2038 / HF2701) at the Minnesota Legislature  
○      Join Legislation Action Team
●      Democracy in Action: Let’s be heard
○      HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill) gains traction: 64 co-sponsors
○      Companion bill needed in US Senate
●      Help expand our base
○      Make it known - Democracy is a human right
●      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
●      Minnesota organizations for ending corporate personhood and money as speech, formerly called Endorsing organizations

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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.

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Urge Sen. Klubuchar and Sen. Smith to co-sponsor
#WeThePeopleAmendment in the 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 co-sponsoring. You can help by calling Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith as soon as possible to urge them to become one of the five co-sponsors. Passing the amendment will clarify that well-funded organizations do not have constitutional rights and help get big money out of politics.

ACTION: Today - Take five minutes to call the offices of Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Smith

1. Call Senator Klobuchar's office at 202-224-3244

--> Tell them that you want to see Senator Klobuchar work with Senator Markey and Move to Amend to introduce a companion bill to HJR 48 (We the People Amendment) in the Senate. 

2. Call Senator Tina Smith's office at 202-224-5641

--> Tell them that you want to see Senator Smith work with Senator Markey and Move to Amend to introduce a companion bill to HJR 48 (We the People Amendment) in the Senate. 

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 1:  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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We the People bills (SF2038 / HF2701) at the Minnesota Legislature 

ACTION:  Email minnesota [at] movetoamend.org to join the the Minnesota Move to Amend State Network Legislation Action Team.

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Democracy in action:  Let’s be heard

HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill) gains traction: now 66 co-sponsors

ACTION:  Thank Representatives McCollum, Omar, Craig and Phillips.  Ask Rep Stauber, Peterson, Emmer, Hagedorn to become cosponsors of HJR48.

Companion bill needed in US Senate

ACTION:  Ask Senators Smith and Klobuchar to co-sponsor in the US Senate a companion bill to HJR48 (House Joint Resolution 48).

Click for links to their contact information.   

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

★   Message to Representatives Omar, Craig, Phillips:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents. I learned that you have become a co-sponsor of HJR48, the We the People Amendment bill.  Thank so much.

★   Message to Representatives Petersen, Hagedorn, Emmer and Stauber:  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 co-sponsor HJR48.

★   Message to Senators Smith and Klobuchar:  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 HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill).  Please become a cosponsor in the US Senate of the companion bill.

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Help expand the base
Make it known - Democracy is a human right

“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.

ACTION:  

1)   Text AMEND to 38470 or

2)   Sign the petition online at movetoamend.org or

3)   Print this form and get four people to sign the petition. 

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 Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org

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Local affiliate events

ACTION:  Attend an affiliate event.  Receive affiliate Facebook posts.

MINNEAPOLIS AREA:  Help make democracy an issue.

DATE:  December 12, 2019 (2nd Thursday each month) 
TIME:  7:00-8:30 p.m.
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: December 17, 2019 (3rd Tuesday each month)
TIME: 5:00 social time; 6:00 p.m. 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/

 

SAINT PAUL AREA:  

Volunteer:  We are excited to have Sarah Lukowski leading the Saint Paul Area Affiliate.  If you are interested in joining the Leadership Team, please let her know at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org.  This would be a great time to invest in using and/or learning organizing skills, or volunteering for short-term tasks.

Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion series

DATE:  January 27 - No December event (normally 4th Monday)
TIME:  6:00-6:30 p.m. social time;  6:30-8:30 p.m. program and discussion
PLACE: TBD
ADDRESS: TBD

Why Genuine progress indicator (GPI) is better than GDP (gross domestic product)

●      January 27 - Ken Pentel, who ran as the Green Party candidate for governor in 2010, founded the Ecology Democracy Network to promote “a new pro-active way of doing politics that will care for our collective home, Earth.” His organization promotes an ecology-based economy, proportional representation, eliminating Big Money from Minnesota politics, and moving to publicly funded elections, including free airtime. He will explain why we should be using the genuine progress indicator (GPI) instead of gross domestic product (GDP) as a more realistic measure of economic growth.

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/

 

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 and Winona) Area:  Contact Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org

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

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Adopt the Move to Amend Resolution - Become an endorsing organization

ACTION:  Find the resolution and instructions here.

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Minnesota organizations for endin corporate personhood and money as speech 

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** Endorsement secured by Minnesota American Promise. All others secured by MN Move to Amend.

*** Endorsement secured by Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections

 

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:  MN AFL-CIO  & MN AFL-CIO Retiree Council  -  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

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