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  • published BIG WINS in Announcements 2020-11-04 20:46:09 -0800

    BIG WINS

    Election night was a wild ride, and it's looking like there will be more chaos to come.

    As usual, Corporate Rule was the big winner across the board -- with unprecedented sums of money sunk into campaigns for corporate politicians and ballot initiatives that placed corporate profit over workers' and tenants' rights.

    But the good news is: our movement to end corporate rule and get money out of politics had some BIG WINS on Election night!

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  • published October Live Report in Announcements 2020-11-02 10:07:44 -0800

    October Live Report

    Corporate Rule News:

    As if 2020 could not get any worse -- this week Democracy took a huge blow with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrette to the Supreme Court.

    With a 52 - 48 vote, GOP Senators that represent 11 million fewer Americans than their Democratic counterparts, gave the President that lost the popular vote by 3 million votes, his third Supreme Court Justice.

    But even more disgusting are all the reasons why Trump and the GOP might’ve rushed the confirmation hearings --  they are trying to consolidate power of the 3 governmental branches- they have the white house, the senate, and now finally a majority uber conservative court. 

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  • donated via 2020-10-30 20:53:27 -0700

  • Report-back from the People's Movement Assembly: Toward a People's Constitution

     

     

     

     

     

    This past weekend was momentous. Move to Amend, in coalition with our partners; Community Environmental Legal Defense FundThe Pachamama AllianceA Radical Guide, and Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution assembled over 130 people for a weekend of learning, visioning, and discussions about a People’s Constitution.

    Thank you so much to all of the participants, panelists, presenters, artists, facilitators, and those who took on childcare this weekend so we could gather. 

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  • published Toward a People's Constitution 2020-10-27 16:41:55 -0700

    Toward a People's Constitution


    On October 2020 we held a participatory People's Movement Assembly (PMA) with over a hundred people from across the country who came together to discuss why and how we need to democratize the United States Constitution. 

    The 2020 People’s Movement Assembly was a catalyst -- the beginning of something big -- and we invite you to sign up below to stay up to date on all things related to this project!

    During the 2020 PMA we collectively identified that:

    • We are in a moment of converging crises - Climate collapse, global uprisings against state violence and police brutality, and a global pandemic when most are without access to healthcare.

    • What's happening now is rooted in the values defined in (or missing from) the US Constitution - An undemocratic and ultra-powerful judicial branch, lack of human rights protections, no right to vote, and a whole lot of racist language just to name a few.

    • Bold, systemic change is needed - We have to know our power and be able to think outside of what we’ve been told is possible. It’s going to take courage, audacity, and a whole lot of learning and conversations to make it happen. But the only thing we have to lose is our chains. 

    • We have to have a vision and a plan - We learned that when constitutions around the world are re-imagined (on average other countries rewrite their constitutions every 19 years!) they’re more democratic when the Movement has a clear vision of what they want in their constitution. We have been building this vision for over ten years, and we continued it this weekend. 

    • People want a constitution that protects human rights, not just property rights. We like a lot of what’s in the Bill of Rights, (with some changes and exceptions), but the rights should extend further. People want a right to healthcare, housing, rights of nature, gender equity, a right to vote, and a whole lot more. 

    • We don't have to start from scratch. We can get over American exceptionalism and take inspiration from the constitutions of other countries, the UN Declaration on Human Rights, and the 2nd Bill of Rights proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    We have a lot of political muscle to build to be prepared to democratize the constitution. We’re not proposing Move to Amend are the ones to do it alone, nor that it should be done right now. But there are people who want to restrict rights and create room for more authoritarianism, and they’re planning for a constitutional convention. We need to have a plan too. If we don’t, things aren't going to turn out well.

    We’re moving forward on this work, we’re creating a strategy, and if you liked the 2020 PMA, there’s a lot more where that came from. Sign up below to stay up to date on the latest news and future People's Movement Assemblies and our Toward a People's Constitution program.

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  • PMA readings and overview

    The truth is this People’s Movement Assembly will be different. We’re used to getting folks together to have big conversations but this is the first time we’ve hosted a *virtual* People’s Movement Assembly.

    We want to welcome you to settle in for a weekend-long process and embrace the revolutionary community building in this historical moment. 

    Which means, we’ve got a lot to cover! To help maximize our time together, we’ve complied a suggested readings list for you and here’s what you can expect this weekend!

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  • published PRESS RELEASE 10/21/2020 in Announcements 2020-10-21 12:23:35 -0700

    PRESS RELEASE 10/21/2020

    "Donald Trump and Joe Biden need to address the economic, environmental, political and social harms caused by corporate constitutional rights at Thursday’s last presidential debate..."

     

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  • published Eleven Years! in Announcements 2020-10-20 16:25:37 -0700

    Eleven Years!

    It's hard to believe. But eleven years ago today, twelve organizers and activists were sitting together in a living room, discussing what should be done in response to the terrifying Citizens United vs. FEC case that was being heard by the Supreme Court, expecting that it would pass.

    These organizers weren't new to the problem of corporate constitutional rights. But what brought them all together -- from all corners of the country -- into that living room was the understanding that this case was getting the kind of national attention that could finally kick off the kind of movement would be required if we were to ever solve the problem of corporate personhood.

    And on that day, Move to Amend was born.

     

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  • Call Your Senators - Stop Amy Coney Barrett

    The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett started last week, and its result will have long-lasting consequences.

    For a long, long time, Republicans have been trying to privatize everything, from Social Security to our Nation's public school system--and they know that a hard-right conservative majority on the Court could make that happen. That's why they are so eager to rush these confirmation hearings!

     

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  • published Recognizing Indigenous People's Day in Announcements 2020-10-12 11:12:03 -0700

    Recognizing Indigenous People's Day

     

    Move to Amend honors Indigenous Peoples Day, which recognizes Native people as the first inhabitants of the Americas -- including the lands that later became the United States of America.

    To date, 14 states— Alabama, Alaska, Hawai'i, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin—and the District of Columbia, more than 130 cities, and a growing numbers of school districts celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day. We love to see it!

    Indigenous people -- like Black people, women and poor people -- were not who the founders had in mind when they wrote "We the People." Our Declaration of Independence -- that we are taught to believe is a fundamentally good instrument -- refers to Indigenous people as "savages." The racism is baked right into our foundation.

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  • The Immorality of the Climate Crisis and Corporate Rule

    In case you missed it, you can watch the recording of The Immorality of the Climate Crisis and Corporate Rule here

    Presenters - Shannon Biggs, Co-founder of Movement Rights. - Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, Senior Minister, First UU Church of Houston. - Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director, Move to Amend. - Casey Camp Horinek, Environmental Ambassador, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma Moderated by Greg Coleridge, Outreach Director, Move to Amend.

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  • published PRESS RELEASE in Announcements 2020-09-30 11:39:09 -0700

    PRESS RELEASE

    PRESS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release: September 30, 2020

    Contacts: John Fioretta, fiorettajohn@gmail.com or Jan Rein, janny007@sbcglobal.net 

    Climate Crisis-Related Fires Fueled by Corporate Constitutional Rights

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  • published It's Time in Announcements 2020-09-21 17:33:16 -0700

    It's Time

    As we've mentioned in before, Move to Amend has really been hit hard by the economic downturn. Being a 501(c)4, we were not eligible for any relief from the CARES Act. 

    Unlike the majority of 501(c)4 nonprofits, however, we are almost entirely grassroots funded -- that means we rely on small donations from regular people. And because regular people fuel this movement, our financial support has taken a hit as well, because so many of us have had to tighten up our giving. As a result our staff laid itself off in April, and has been doing this work on a 100% volunteer basis.

    It's time to start bringing our hardworking staff back onto the payroll - beginning with staff who are living in states that are making it hardest for workers to survive. Please help us by becoming a Move to Amend sustainer today!

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  • We really need to talk about the weather - save the date, Oct. 1st

    Here's a not-so-fun fact:The wildfire season in California hasn't yet begun.

    Join us on October 1st -- it's time to analyze and strategize together for the future of our livable planet.

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  • A BIG announcement for Constitution Day

    “These are unprecedented times” is a phrase we hear often lately. But to us, that only means one thing -- we must meet these unprecedented times with unprecedented solutions. And the harsh reality is, folks: we’re not going to be able to vote our way out of this situation. We’ve got to have bigger ideas. 

     

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  • Move to Amend's National Director at the People's Convention 2020

     

    On August 30, thousands of people from all walks of life gathered to discuss the state of the nation and forming a major new party in America! And our National Director, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap was one of the speakers at the People's Convention 2020! Watch the her speech above, and watch the full People's Convention here

    Also, check out these great clips we think you might find interesting. 

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  • published Let's talk about the weather... in Announcements 2020-08-30 15:50:13 -0700

    Let's talk about the weather...

    As if we hadn't been through enough -- the climate crisis season of 2020 is fully upon us now.

    We are now seeing record breaking fire activity across the west -- with rare lightning storms, coupled with a heat wave and 20 year mega-drought, leading to over 1.3 million acres destroyed, at least 7 deaths, evacuations ,and extremely unhealthy air quality (at times the worst air quality in the world). Add to that the new normal of rolling blackouts imposed by Pacific Gas & Electric during fire season, as a result of decades of grid neglect. And the new twist: COVID-19 has so severely devastated our incarcerated population that the prison labor these states previously relied upon to fight these fires is now too sick to help, making it much more difficult to contain the fires.

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  • Wall Street Is Looting the American Retirement System. The Trump Administration Is Helping

    The Trump administration is opening up retirement funds to private equity — at workers’ expense

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  • published August 2020 Headlines in Announcements 2020-08-28 21:39:24 -0700

    August 2020 Headlines

    August is coming to an end but things are not getting any better -- 

    The Nation literary burns as fires in California have forced more than 119,000 people from their homes 

    Firefighters are struggling to get a handle on the 560 wildfires burning throughout the state, scorching more than 900,000 acres, including a treasured redwood forest

    The fires continue to grow, particularly in the north, where two groupings are now among the largest in state history. 

    Things are so bad that smoke has reached Nebraska. 

    And more dry thunderstorms could make things worse. 

    Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Laura is gaining strength and is expected to crash into the already impacted Louisiana and Texas coasts as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday evening. 

    Louisiana was hit by Category 1 Hurricane Marco barely this past Sunday! 

    We wish everyone the best and hope you and your families and your homes are safe.

    In terms of covid… even though it is clearly human nature to try to move on -- and the powers that be are really trying to convince us everything is fine -- we are still very much in the middle of the pandemic…

    The U.S. has 5.79M confirmed cases and 178k deaths (as of Aug 25)

    The States with the most COVID-19 cases are:

    • California 2. Florida 3. Texas 4. New York and 5. Georgia 

    The States with the most COVID-19 related deaths are:

    • New York - 32,887 deaths, 2. New Jersey - 15,946 deaths, 3. California - 12,235 deaths, 4. Texas - 11,749 deaths, 5. Florida - 10,397 deaths

    And these numbers are before Trump pushed to resume classes -- wait until people start testing positive by the thousands! Assuming the statistics get reported correctly as some schools are keeping quiet about coronavirus infections. 

      • But they won’t be able to keep the secret for so long -- especially after more U.S. colleges were grappling with high numbers of students testing positive for the coronavirus just days into the start of the fall semester after some universities rolled back their campus reopening plans in recent weeks.On the first day of school in Camden County, Ga., local Facebook groups were already buzzing with rumors that a teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus. The next day, a warning went out to school administrators: Keep teachers quiet.
      • In the weeks since, parents, students and teachers in the coastal community on the Florida border have heard by word of mouth of more positive cases linked to district schools. 
      • But even as fears of an outbreak have grown, the district has refused to publicly confirm a single case, either to the local community or The New York Times, who covered this note.

    It is absurd that many educational institutions are endangering their students’ health, mainly for the tuition money -- greed as always is at the root of it all. 

    Don’t believe me? Just read what the CDC has on their website: “Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America's greatest assets—our children….”

    It is sickening how in the midst of all this full-blown apocalypse, profits can still be a motive...

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  • If Corporations Are People, Then Why Can’t We Target Them With Drone Strikes?

    In the United States, corporations enjoy many of the same rights as people — things like freedom of speech, the right to enter into contracts, and the ability to waste their money on Gary Johnson’s 2016 presidential campaign. Given how much they benefit from personhood, is it really so much to ask that the government treat them like its other citizens and start bombarding them with drone strikes?

    I know what you’re thinking, “drone strikes are supposed to be reserved for terrorists in other countries, right?” Well, most of these corporations have already moved their headquarters abroad, and if charging $600 for designer jeans isn’t terrorism, then that word has lost all meaning. When you think about it, McDonald’s has killed more people than Al-Qaeda, anyway.

    These radicalized corporations threaten our very way of life, and they must be stopped.

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