Move to Amend: End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy.
On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United 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.
The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.
". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."
~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010
Tuesday, December 05, 2023 at 05:00 PMvirtual
How 'Free Trade' is Stealing Our Democracy
Tuesday, December 5
5pm PT | 8 pm ET
Facilitated by Greg Coleridge, Move to Amend Co-Director
[Dec 5 Discussion: Chapters 7 & 8 -- 26 pages]
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In Gaveling Down the Rabble, author/activist Jane Anne Morris explores a century and a half of efforts by corporations and the courts to undermine local democracy in the United States via the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution as a “free trade” model – later adopted globally by corporations to subvert local attempts at protecting the environment and citizen and worker health.
Gaveling Down the Rabble is essential reading for understanding the background of the current struggle for U.S. democracy — local, state and national — against growing corporate power and how we can challenge it.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been cutting our local, state and national democracy off at the knees — in the name of "free trade" — by usurping the power to make public policy from our elected representatives in the Congress and the state legislatures and by giving power to corporations over citizens.
By erecting a "free trade" zone in the U.S., corporations and their champions on the Supreme Court have seen to it that "we do not have a chance of building a democracy." Morris looks at what substantive democracy should look like, and how far from that ideal the Supreme Court — without consent of Congress — has moved us.
Wednesday, December 06, 2023 at 07:00 PMOnline Platform in San Jose, CA
Come join our efforts to pass a 29th Amendment. We are an active group in Santa Clara County, California. Monthly meetings are the first Wednesday of every month. RSVP To attend.
Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Hope to see you there!
We've said many times, 'We would be nothing without our affiliates, advocates, and supporters.' They do a lot of the heavy lifting, which is why we've been recognizing all they do for the movement each month.
Each month we will use this space to spotlight different Affiliates. Read about this month's Affiliate's remarkable efforts and accomplishments.
The “inflation” of Thanksgiving summarized below is not about the increased mass marketing hoopla that corporations create every holiday to make us think the more stuff we buy, the greater will be the enjoyment, if not “meaning,” of the day or season. Thanksgiving is actually a lousy holiday to commercialize. Afterall, there’s only so much profit to be gained from peddling Turkeys/Tofurkys, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Nor are we focusing on the "inflation" of the giant Thanksgiving Day Parade floats that will wind their way through the streets of New York City.
The more significant Thanksgiving “inflation” is the inflated prices of consumer products, including food, which have skyrocketed. We can thank major food corporations for this.
As we navigate the shifting tides of congressional leadership and the looming threat of a government shutdown, it is crucial now more than ever to reinforce our commitment to a government of, by, and for the people.
In these uncertain times, we have an opportunity to make a lasting impact on our democracy by supporting H.J.R. 54, the We the People Amendment.
On many levels, we're facing a critical juncture that strikes at the heart of our society's values and the future of our planet.
Yet, amidst the turmoil, we must highlight the beacon of progress and determination. The movement of "We the People" continues to gather momentum and make strides in the corridors of power. As of November 3rd, 2023, Representative Dina Titus from Nevada's 1st Congressional District joined as the 72nd cosponsor of the crucial H.J.R. 54, The We the People Amendment.
Tomorrow is election day. Please vote if you already haven’t by mail or in person.
But voting isn’t enough. We also need a People’s Movement like Move to Amend to abolish corporate rule, an essential step toward achieving legitimate democracy.
Electing better representatives at every level of government who represent the interests of voters rather than large donors is critical. That can be a challenge, especially when candidates swimming in campaign cash from the super rich and business corporations flood our airwaves, mailboxes and inboxes.
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