We the People Dispatch: SF2038. HF2701. HJR48.

March 30, 2019

We the People Dispatch

Senate File two zeerow three eight (SF2038)
Senator Marty we appreciate!
 
Democracy bills are in play 
Now is the time to join the fray
 
Representative Dehn can’t be outdone, 
Democracy shines with two seven zeerow one (HF2701)
 
We the People bill is Great; that’s why we like HJR four eight (HJR48)
It has gone to Capitol Hill; now help support this democracy bill!
 
 
All these bills have this trait:
They place people before powers great;
They drain the big bucks betting pool;
And allay mighty corporate rule;
Join the movement to amend, democracy to cultivate.

 

If you have been holding back now is the time to step up for democracy.  These are exciting times as we have bills to pass.  To become part of the Move to Amend Team, email minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.

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 
  • We the People bill introduced: SF2038 in MN Senate; HF2701 in MN House 
  • Spread the Word; Don’t Let Democracy Slip Away
  • 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

ACTION:  Call or email your MN Congressional Delegation

ACTION:  Join us for “Free the People from Corporate Rule” campaign on May 28.  Email minnesota [at] movetoamend.orgif interested.

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.

Click for 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 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 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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We the People bill introduced: 

SF2038 in MN Senate; HF2701 in MN House 

ACTION:  Constituents make a call or send an email if your state senator and your state representative is not a cosponsor,  Ask them to cosponsor SF2038 (Senate); HF2701 (House). 

ACTION:  Thank Senators Marty, Clausen, Carlson and Hawj.  Thank Representative Dehn.

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 (HF2701), 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.

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 Spread the Word;  Don’t Let Democracy Slip Away

“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 3 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

2)   Sign the petition online at movetoamend.org

3)   Print this formand get 4 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.

ACTION:  May 1 - Be part of the Move to Amend contingent in the International Workers march.  

MINNEAPOLIS AREA: Help make democracy an issue.

DATES:  April 11, 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

 

LAKES AREA: 

DATE: April 16, 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

 

SAINT PAUL AREA: Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series

Capitalism & Democracy

DATE:  April 22, 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 at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org

Buy your meal and gather in the meeting room at 6 pm.

The Saint Paul Area affiliate is holding a series of democracy discussions.  The topic for May is about the WI uprising over the Walker recount: 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.

 

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

 

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

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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.Richfield Social Justice Community

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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