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, October 03, 2023 at 05:00 PMVirtual
October 3 / November 14 / December 5 [all Tuesdays]
5pm PT | 8 pm ET
[October 3 Discussion: Chapters 3 & 4]
Facilitated by Greg Coleridge, Move to Amend Co-Director
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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.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 05:00 PMvirtual
Move to Amend’s primary goal has always been to end the influence of money in politics and corporate constitutional rights through a constitutional amendment based on the conviction that only change achieved through an amendment is lasting.
Yet, Move to Amend has never opposed strategic legal steppingstones. These are more immediately attainable proposed laws that expand democratic possibilities, especially those that directly reduce the power of corporate entities from hijacking the political process. Reforms, however, should always be put in context: that they are mere laws that can be legally reversed and can’t overturn the constitutional doctrines that a corporation is a person and political money equals free speech.
Many Move to Amend supporters have asked what they can do if they’ve already worked with others to pass a ballot initiative or municipal resolution, secured organizational endorsements, circulated the MTA petition and organized educational programs. While there’s ALWAYS more of these that can be achieved, statutes (laws) restraining corporations, particularly at the state level, offer several differing strategic opportunities.
The 90-minute training will be on Zoom Wednesday, October 11 at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET
RSVP now to save your spot!
- Why promote statutory/legal anti-corporate/pro-democratic reforms?
- Description/rationale for 4 proposed state-level reforms
- Corporate Three Strikes
- Charter Revocation/Quo Warranto
- Require Shareholder Vote Before Political Donations Made with Corporate Funds
- Prohibiting foreign-influenced corporations from spending money in elections
- The basics of lobbying at the state level
- Sharing of available resources – and how we can help
- Questions and discussion
We are thrilled to share a recap of our recent national team trip to New York City, which was filled with impactful events and inspiring moments.
We want to express our heartfelt thanks to our Brooklyn affiliate group and their exceptional leader, Irene Lore, for their warm hospitality and outstanding leadership during our stay.
We're excited to share some incredible news with you: Move to Amend's national co-directors are currently in Washington, D.C., and we need your support now more than ever to pass the We the People Amendment, (H.J.R. 54).
Our first event, held in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was a resounding success!
A massive “March to End Fossil Fuels” is this Sunday in New York City. More than 700 organizations, including Move to Amend, have endorsed the event, prior to the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit. Mobilizations will occur around the world, part of a growing global escalation to end fossil fuels.
1. H.J.R. 54 Keeps Gaining Cosponsors!
3. Affiliate Spotlight!
4. Community Calendar
5. Support the movement!
Lawrence Abbott is one of Move to Amend’s most active, tireless, enthusiastic and effective volunteers locally in the Oakland Bay area, state-wide in California and nationally – serving on our Labor Caucus.
A retired member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Lawrence has also been extremely active in volunteering with his local labor federation: the Alameda Labor Council (ALC).
Lawrence was recognized recently by the ALC as the “Unionist of the Year” for his tireless, enthusiastic, and effective volunteer activities.
click on the image or on the link below to watch his inspiring acceptance speech.
He touches on the importance of volunteering, the need for a powerful Labor movement to organize for justice in all its forms and the need for fundamental change – including enacting the We the People Amendment – to save the world!
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