South Central Wisconsin Move To Amend

Date Established: 

May 2010

We are a citizens group organized to regain the liberties and privileges guaranteed in the US Constitution to human beings, but now being usurped by corporations.

On January 21, 2010, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a bitterly divided Supreme Court overturned a century of established precedent by ruling that corporate spending on candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment. SCWMTA began petition drives for the City of Madison and Dane County, calling for the abolishment of corporate personhood.

Once the petitions were collected, they asked the Madison City Council to include a resolution on the Spring 2011 ballot. Then, the Dane County Board voted to also include a ballot resolution on the Spring 2011 ballot. The resolutions passed by 84% in Madison and 78% in Dane County! Now we are expanding our efforts to the rest of Wisconsin, reaching out to other communities and organizations in the state.

This process of networking, education, training will facilitate the creation and development of other MoveToAmend (MTA) groups throughout Wisconsin.

Announcements

One Day Conference - All About Citizens United

April 13, 2013

Citizens United is clearly the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott expanded slavery in 1857. For the sake of our democracy, we need an educated and organized citizenry to combat the monied interests in Washington. To that end, please join us for a special one day conference:

All About Citizens United

When: Saturday, April 13, 8:30-3:30

Where: Promega BioPharmaceutical Center Institute campus, 5445 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison

Speakers:

  • David Cobb, Co-Founder Move To Amend
  • Bob Edgar, Common Cause
  • Jay Heck, Common Cause
  • Mike McCabe, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
  • Doug Cunningham, Madison Radio Journalist
  • John Nichols, Journalist, The Nation
  • Erika Wolfe, S.T.E.P and Wisconsin 9 to 5
  • Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy
  • Joe Rasmussen, WISPIRG
  • Peter Barca, State Assembly Minority Leader

Details: The cost is $20 which includes lunch. We are strongly encouraging people to pre-register, since we cannot guarantee a seat or lunch to those who do not. Check-in starts at 8:00 AM and the program starts at 8:45. We expect the program to run until 3:30 or 3:45.

The website for registration is: www.allaboutcitizensunited.org

Here is the schedule for the topics and speakers (.pdf).

Organized by Wisconsin Move to Amend and the Oregon Area Progressives

Press Coverage

In the wake of Citizens United v. FEC, Local Grassroots Organization Leads the National Fight Against Unlimited Independent Expenditures on Elections

March 27, 2012

On January 20th, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a now-infamous ruling in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In its 5-4 decision, the court held that the First Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits the government from restricting political expenditures by corporations and unions.

ISTHMUS Democracy Convention kicks off, boosted by Wisconsin Capitol protests

August 23, 2011

The timing could not be better, but organizers say plans for this week's Democracy Convention in Madison were set before Gov. Scott Walker's introduction of his collective bargaining bill and the ensuing protests that led some to compare the uprising in Wisconsin to democratic rebellions in Egypt and Tunisia.