Why local public officials should place a MTA ordinance on their ballot

November 11, 2014

If you're interested in placing a Move to Amend initiative on your local ballot, below is an opportunity not to be missed for any sympathetic elected official in your community. Please invite one or more local elected officials to take part in this one hour conference call on November 11 (details below) to learn how Move to Amend is important to expand democracy (by increasing the response of public officials to addressing public needs) and why local public officials should place a MTA ordinance on their (and your!) ballot for direct voter consideration.

Feel free to forward the below message to any local elected official who you feel might be interested — then follow up with one or more phone calls. We encourage participants to RSVP since slots are limited.



Statewide Conference Call
Presentation from and Discussion with Trevor Elkins, Mayor, Newburgh Heights, OH
Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone Number:  (215) 241-7110 or Toll Free (866) 318-6943
Access Code:  73770499

Move to Amend (MTA) is a growing national movement seeking an amendment to the US Constitution declaring that only human beings, not corporate entities, possess inalienable constitutional rights and that money is not equal to speech. Both current constitutional doctrines (i.e. corporations ARE persons and money IS speech) have been extended in recent years by the Supreme Court, expanding the breadth and depth of political influence by the wealthy and corporate entities over public officials and public policies. The political voices of those without money has been, consequently, diminished — widening the gap between what a large majority of citizens want on issue after issue and the laws enacted (or not enacted) by public officials.

The MTA strategy is to help build a national social movement from the ground up through the passage of city council resolutions and ballot measures calling on Congress to introduce and pass such a constitutional amendment. More than 550 communities have already passed council resolutions or ballot measures.

MTA encourages ballot measures over council resolutions to maximize educational opportunities and political impact.

Mayors and City Councils can do their part by placing ordinances on local ballots. This allows local residents to maximize time to engage the community in discussion, debate and deliberations on the issues -- including public forums, media opportunities, one-on-one discussions and involvement of local public officials in educational programs.

Mayor Elkins initiated a process in Newburgh Heights to place an ordinance on their ballot in November 2012. It passed overwhelmingly.

Trevor will discuss how these issues are important to him as a local elected official and why, as an elected official, it's important to take leadership to place these concerns directly before voters.

This call is for local elected officials in Ohio interested in this strategy.

5 minutes:   Introductions
15 minutes: Presentation by Mayor Elkins
30 minutes: Q&A and discussion
10 minutes: Next steps and conclusion

Please RSVP your participation by emailing gcoleridge [at] afsc.org.