"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..."
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.
Alfonso Saldana published Call Your Senators - Stop Amy Coney Barrett in Announcements 2020-10-20 16:12:03 -0700
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!
Alfonso Saldana published Recognizing Indigenous People's Day in Announcements 2020-10-12 11:12:03 -0700
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.Read more
Alfonso Saldana published The Immorality of the Climate Crisis and Corporate Rule in Announcements 2020-10-06 19:25:46 -0700
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.Read more
Peoples Movement Assembly - Towards a Peoples Constitution
The moment is ripe for change. A global pandemic has left unprecedented numbers of people without jobs, housing and healthcare. A swell of uprisings against police brutality have further exposed the deeply rooted white supremacy in our institutions. For over ten years, we have been facilitating conversations with People across the US about imagining what constitutional renewal could look like in this country. Now we're leveling up.
Saturday October 24th
10am - 3pm Pacific
1pm - 6pm Eastern
Sunday October 25th
10am - 1pm Pacific
1pm - 4pm Eastern
Join us for a two day, virtual, participatory process where we'll:
- Level up our understanding of rights, constitutions, constitutional renewal processes, corporate power, settler-colonialism, and codifying movement demands
- Have participatory small group breakouts to identify the current moment, envision a better world, and begin planning for how to get there
- Build coalitions, build community, share our experiences and ideas
- Synthesize our movement demands in a constitutional framework
- Be bold, visionary, revolutionary, and joyful
RSVP AND REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
What is a Peoples Movement Assembly?
The Peoples Movement Assembly is a participatory process which came to the US out of the World Social Forum, and has been used by many communities and assemblies for generations.
"The assembly is a constellation of social movement organizations and people that seek to govern themselves.
It is not a network, not a coalition, not an alliance, and not a political party. It is inclusive and not exclusive to one political line or ideology. It is a convergence of social forces.
The assembly process is based on the facilitation methodology of collective critical thinking and analysis, resulting in a synthesis that represents the sum organic total of all of the ideas and commitments. The social movement assembly results in action based on that synthesis.
The assembly is a decolonizing process. The assembly process is based on a theory of change that people can create processes that dismantle colonial and neocolonial systems while at the same time creating a new society.
At the heart of the assembly process is a project to dismantle patriarchy, racism, poverty, capitalism, oppression, exploitation, and violence while replacing those systems with movement governance and liberated institutions.
The assembly creates an open space for people to enter social movements and become active participants and leaders. The assembly is facilitated to encourage maximum participation in order to practice direct participatory democracy at the community level, within particular frontlines, and across social movements.
The assembly is multiracial, multigenerational, multi-ideological, and multi-gendered. The assembly brings all the voices together in a circular fashion and engages the thinking, experiences, and visions of all the participants in order to synthesize and collectively agree on action steps." - PeoplesMovementAssembly.org
This People's Movement Assembly- Towards a Peoples Constitution is a process designed for those who are ready to imagine a better world and a constitution that protects People and Planet, not corporations and profit.
This is not a space to debate if we should renew the constitution, but rather, what's our vision for a Peoples Constitution. The following assumptions are the starting point for this PMA. Please join us if you are at least mostly in agreement with these assumptions.
- The USA is not now, nor has it ever been a functioning democracy.
- The United States was founded on stolen land and built using stolen labor from enslaved people.
- The US Constitution was created by and for the wealthy elite of the era - excluding most people living on the land at the time of its crafting. Specifically, the Constitution was written to protect and represent white men with money and/or land.
- The US Constitution is a property rights document, not a human rights document.
- The US Constitution was used to perpetuate and legalize attempted genocide, white supremacy and racism, male domination over women, and class oppression. It took mass social movements—broad, deep, conscious, organized and educated—to make marginal improvements in this country. With each hard-won expansion of suffrage, the governing elite devised mechanisms to shrink what effect the vote could have.
- Any movement that wants to actually create a new world must create new institutions (including new legal institutions) that meet people's needs without destroying the planet that we depend upon for life itself.
- All law should be contingent on and subordinate to the highest laws -- unalienable rights shared equally by all. Because "unalienable rights" are /should be the things most highly valued by society and immune from regulation / limitation. The establishment, protection and enforcement of Unalienable Rights must be the constitution's reason for being and should direct freedom to govern in all things, in the hands of each community, except wherein a law would limit or violate anyone's Unalienable Rights.
- The constitution of any country at its best reflects its collective inspirations and aspirations. It defines the legal framework of how people structure their society -- politically, economically, and socially. Moreover, constitutions are moral or ethical documents -- designating what is right and wrong -- with profound implications on literally every aspect of the lives of people, their communities, country and the natural world.
- The US Constitution should be renewed or rewritten to account for new generations and circumstances, and should exist as a living document which reflects the challenges and opportunities of the times.
- In order to move towards new systems and a new foundational document, we must be bold and visionary in imagining a better world.
- The ultimate goal of mass movements is not only to change the culture, but to codify movement demands into laws and, more importantly, rights.
Partnering OrganizationsIf your organization is interested in partnering, and to learn more about what that means, email Jessica@movetoamend.org.
PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS A TWO-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS: Once you RSVP below, you'll receive an email directing you to register on zoom. You are not registered until you've done the second step.
We hope you'll join us for two days of imagining and planning for a more just and sustainable world - a world we want and deserveWHENOctober 24, 2020 at 10am - October 25, 2020 at 1pmWHEREOnline Zoom Gathering
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!Read more
Alfonso Saldana published We really need to talk about the weather - save the date, Oct. 1st in Announcements 2020-09-21 10:14:53 -0700
Alfonso Saldana published A BIG announcement for Constitution Day in Announcements 2020-09-18 11:39:50 -0700
“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.
Alfonso Saldana published Move to Amend's National Director at the People's Convention 2020 in Announcements 2020-09-16 13:54:58 -0700
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.Read more
Alfonso Saldana published Let's talk about the weather... in Announcements 2020-08-30 15:50:13 -0700
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.Read more
Alfonso Saldana published Wall Street Is Looting the American Retirement System. The Trump Administration Is Helping in Announcements 2020-08-28 21:51:30 -0700
The Trump administration is opening up retirement funds to private equity — at workers’ expenseRead more
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...Read more
Alfonso Saldana published If Corporations Are People, Then Why Can’t We Target Them With Drone Strikes? in Announcements 2020-08-28 21:26:59 -0700
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.Read more
Alfonso Saldana published Our Healthcare Crisis is a Democracy Crisis in Announcements 2020-08-28 19:38:08 -0700
Prior to COVID-19, 44 million Americans were already uninsured, with millions more underinsured, and many more with marketplace plans that had high premiums, co-pays, deductibles and out of pocket expenses -- a deterrent to actually seeking needed care.
Fast forward to today. After hearing the praises of the "choice" of employer based healthcare throughout the primary debates, we are now watching in real time as the economic downturn is creating mass unemployment, with millions having their "choice" employer-based healthcare taken away from them, through no fault of their own. During a grossly mismanaged pandemic. It makes all of the healthcare debates from 6 months ago look...absurd.
So it makes sense that support for (single payer) Medicare for All has skyrocketed in popularity.Read more
Alfonso Saldana published 208 Organizations From 44 States Urge Congress to Oppose Corporate Immunity in Announcements 2020-08-05 20:42:21 -0700
Aug. 5, 2020
208 ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE CORPORATE IMMUNITY PROPOSAL: On Tuesday, the National Employment Law Project sent a letter to the congressional leadership signed by 208 organizations – from 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – opposing the corporate immunity bill introduced last week by U.S. Senate Republicans. “If the Senate Republican proposal is enacted, there will be a race to the bottom in workplace health and safety, as even law-abiding employers will be disincentivized from implementing proper health and safety protections – endangering working people, their families, and their communities,” the letter reads. “The Senate Republican corporate immunity bill would also let employers off the hook for ‘pandemic related’ violations of minimum wage and overtime laws, discrimination laws, paid leave laws, and more. But a global pandemic is no excuse for employers to flout long-standing workplace protections.”Read more
Alfonso Saldana published More Immunity, Less Accountability, Less Democracy. in Announcements 2020-07-07 20:24:25 -0700
Among the many incidents over the past few weeks of uprisings on our nation’s streets against racism and police brutality, sparked by the murder of George Floyd, have been unprovoked assaults by the police against peaceful protestors, journalists and even individuals on their own property.
A major factor for these attacks is “qualified immunity” -- a doctrine that shields police officers from lawsuits, even if officers violate the civil rights of those they brutalize. Such immunity both fuels abuses of power and chills victims from filing suits against violent officers -- knowing the chances of righting wrongs to people and communities are slim.
What is true of police officers is equally true of corporations.Read more
It’s day who knows! and many corporations in America seem antsy to reopen and go back to business as usual, but this pandemic isn’t over!Read more
Alfonso Saldana published We'll be at the Poor People's Campaign events this weekend, join us! in Announcements 2020-06-19 17:54:29 -0700
The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington takes place this weekend!
The culmination of several years of grassroots organizing in all 50 states by the Poor People’s Campaign, this virtual event seeks to unite the 140 million poor and low income people in our country and their allies to tell their stories and present demands which “challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.”
We'll be there! Please join us at the virtual Assembly this Saturday at 10 AM and 6 PM (Eastern) and Sunday at 6 PM (Eastern).Read more