July 2024 Newsletter


Our “Democracy” isn’t aging well

There are growing problems about what we call our “Democratic Republic.” They go far beyond the concerns of a majority of voters over the mental and physical “fitness” of the aging Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

                     
Photo-illustration by Alex Cochran. Source: Getty.

Our institutional “democracy” is increasingly deaf, blind, forgetful, confused and immobile. 

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Affiliate Spotlight - July 2024

Affiliate Spotlight: Sandy Bolzenius, Miami County, and Santa Clara County Affiliates Lead the Charge for Change

In a powerful display of grassroots activism, Move to Amend's dedicated leaders and volunteers have once again proven their unwavering commitment to ending corporate rule and advocating for a government that truly represents the people. This month, we shine our spotlight on two extraordinary efforts: Sandy Bolzenius' inspiring journey to Washington, DC, and the tireless advocacy of our Miami County, Ohio, team, and the determined efforts of our Santa Clara County, California, affiliates.

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We Need an Independence Day from SCOTUS

“There are weeks where decades happen” might be the only way to describe this past week (though many would argue this feeling has been present for many months now). The Supreme Court has just concluded a whirlwind of devastating rulings, reminding us of their purpose: to ensure that corporations and the super wealthy will always have “more” Constitutional protections at the expense of the rights of individuals, communities and nature.

Make no mistake: the Supreme Court is an illegitimate institution that has primarily functioned as an enemy of “We the People” across history.

Move to Amend exists to correct some of the most egregious doctrines generated from the Supreme Court over our country’s short history, such as the dubious notion that “corporations are people, entitled to Constitutional rights” (Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1886),  “money is free speech, protected by the First Amendment” (Buckley vs. Valeo, 1976), and their infamous love-child Citizens United vs. FEC, 2010  which made crystal clear that corporations have the “right” to flood unlimited amounts of money, without disclosure, into our already-corrupted political system.

So it should be no surprise that in this past week, this (bought) Court has further legalized political bribery, handed regulatory power from federal agencies over to corporations, and granted total immunity to the president. All of this and more, while declaring open season for cities and counties to criminalize the rapidly-growing segment of the population who cannot afford skyrocketing housing costs and are forced to live outside with nowhere else to go. 

- What Went Down -

Bribery & the Appearance of Corruption
In Snyder v. US, the unelected judges gutted an existing federal anti-corruption statute by ruling it is NOT bribery for a state official to receive gifts as a reward for a particular state action, as long as the gift is made after the action.

Regulatory Power
Overturned a 40-year old ruling known as the Chevron decision in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which facilitated federal oversight of environmental regulations, public health measures, worker and consumer protections, when laws were not clear. Now, the Court has effectively grabbed that power for itself — ruling that judges have the final say over such regulatory actions, regardless of their scientific qualifications or knowledge of the measure. This decision is expected to “shock” the court system with billions of dollars worth of legal challenges against all-manner of regulatory law that might limit environmental destruction, wage theft, unsafe working conditions, price-gouging, or other unhealthy practices that protect everyday people and our habitats– a massive win for corporate rule with far-reaching implications.

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We the People Wednesday: Make Your Voice Heard!

Our time in Washington, DC has been both inspiring and impactful. We've engaged with key congressional offices, celebrated Juneteenth in Anacostia, and stood firm in our advocacy at the Supreme Court. Now, we need to take our efforts to the next level - but we need your support!

Recap of our time in DC so far... 

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“We need to work together!” -- Takeaways from two national conferences

Greg --

The enthusiasm of the political science professor was legitimate. She’d never heard of Move to Amend, but after learning that we were educating and organizing to increase people power by abolishing “corporate personhood” and “money as free speech,” said loudly at the end of a session where she presented: “We need to work together!” 

This pronouncement was a recurring takeaway experienced by Move to Amend Board Member Daniel Lee and Co-Director Greg Coleridge who attended the annual conference of  the Law & Society Association in Denver in early June. 

The “we need to work together” theme arose in numerous contexts during the 4-day conference.

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wtpw 6/19/24

Today, June 19th, is Juneteenth—a day of profound significance in our nation's history. As we celebrate this pivotal moment of freedom and justice, we also reflect on the ongoing struggles for equality that remain. In this spirit, we reach out with an urgent and exciting update for this week’s We the People Wednesdays action.

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We the People Wednesdays - June 12, 2024

Happy We The People Wednesday!

This We The People Wednesday, the Move to Amend National Team is excited to introduce Cole Bennett - our newest Co-Director / Political Justice Director!

After finishing a year-long National Fellowship with Move to Amend and earning a Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law, Cole is eager to shift his efforts to using his political and legal expertise full-time to eliminate corporate constitutional rights, pass the We The People Amendment, and build the foundation of a lasting democracy movement within the burgeoning political hub of Atlanta and across the entire southeast region. 

 

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Newsletter June 2024


As we welcome the vibrant energy of spring, we're excited to share the latest updates and opportunities with you. From significant progress in Congress to upcoming events and ways to get involved, there's a lot to look forward to. Let's dive into what's happening at Move to Amend and how you can make a difference!


 

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Affiliate Spotlight - June 2024

June 2024 Affiliate Spotlight 

This month, we shine a light on the dedicated efforts of our Greater Dayton and Miami County volunteers, who have been making significant strides in advocating for the We the People Amendment. From impactful city council statements to rallies and educational initiatives, their grassroots activism is truly inspiring. We also honor the memory of Gordon Miller, a tireless advocate whose legacy continues to motivate us. Read more about their incredible work and Gordon's lasting impact. 

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