"The US Supreme Court decided Citizens United 10 years ago. I’m calling for the end to corporate constitutional rights and political money as free speech."
By Rep. Pramila Jayapal, THE NATION
This past fall, Amazon challenged the proudly progressive character of my home city, Seattle, pouring $1.5 million into its City Council elections.
In doing so, Amazon placed not just a thumb but also a fistful of cash on the scales of our democracy. Thanks to immediate organizing on the ground and the speaking out of elected officials, the cynical and last-minute corporate spending on elections backfired: Nearly all of the Amazon-backed candidates lost their races.
However, on this 10th anniversary of the US Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that catalyzed our current era of super PACs and corporate power, the clear danger posed by money in politics is real. Citizens United vastly expanded the rights of corporate entities and the super-wealthy to spend or invest their money to influence political elections and deepened the corrupting electoral influence of big money.Read more
WASHINGTON, DC. Activists and grassroots organizers across the country mobilized for a national day of action to call on their representatives to take action against corporate power today marking ten years since the disastrous Citizens United vs FEC Supreme Court decision, a case that opened the floodgates to money in politics and activated a new movement to eradicate corporate power.Read more
A Report on the Totality of Corporate Constitutional Rights Beyond First Amendment Political Free Speech
The Citizens United v. FEC decision expanded corporate ability to influence the outcomes of a core element of our democratic republic: political elections. Contrary to the traditional narrative, the corporate hijacking of democracy and dominance over people, communities and the environment began long before Citizens United. And also contrary to the traditional narrative, the corporate assault on Americans' rights extends far beyond their ability to influence elections.Read more
Successful movements in history won because they knew a variety of tactics were necessary to force change. Move to Amend recognizes that we stand on the shoulders of giants as we work to deepen and diversify our tactics going into 2020.
We have VERY exciting plans and we need your support to blow them out of the water -- make an end of year donation today to ensure we can accomplish all of our 2020 goals!
Here's a rundown of some of the things we have cooking...Read more
Thom Hartmann is an author, progressive political commentator, and a long-time supporter of Move to Amend--and he has a message for you.
"As the New Year approaches, Move to Amend is entering its second decade. Between the drawn out and divisive impeachment proceedings, and the neoliberal/conservative policies fueling the corporate takeover of our democracy that I report on daily, it isn’t surprising that many Americans are hoping 2020 will somehow bring a fresh start. Maybe some hope too.
And Move to Amend, well...this movement is giving me a reason to hope. Amid all of the chaos and uncertainty of this Congress and the current administration, our committed and passionate group of activists managed to end 2019 by topping their strategic plan goals of 65 cosponsors in the House, and with a commitment from a Senator to introduce the #WeThePeopleAmendment in 2020!
I remain hopeful about the future because of groups like Move to Amend. Working with a committed and passionate group of folks who understand the changes needed in the U.S. is rare and something that I am incredibly proud to support.Read more
Wow -- what an incredible year this has been.
Despite all of the chaos and distractions of the current administration, we have seen the power of grassroots organizing in ways not seen for generations: the rise of popular and bold ideas like Medicare For All (which I lead in the House), the Green New Deal, and of course, the #WeThePeopleAmendment -- the fundamental constitutional reform that would give us the democratic power we need to win in ALL of these fights.
I am so proud to be working with Move to Amend as the lead sponsor of the We the People Amendment, and grateful to my 66 colleagues in Congress who are behind me in this fight!
What I admire most about Move to Amend is that they are truly grassroots -- the real deal. Please make an end of year donation today, so this movement can head into 2020 strong.Read more
As we reflect back on this incredible year (and decade!), we want to say thank you for all of the ways you support this movement -- whether it was by gathering petition signatures, educating your friends and family about corporate personhood, organizing a local Move to Amend group, or through financial support... we are really starting to break down the barriers, and we couldn't have done it without ALL of you.
So THANK YOU for your part!Read more
On this #GivingTuesday, our National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Grassroots Director Keyan Bliss are in back-to-back meetings with Congressional offices to grow our list of co-sponsors for the #WeThePeopleAmendment. They will be in DC all week.Read more
This fall marks our 10th anniversary for Move to Amend! We were the first and only organization to introduce an amendment that not only reverses Citizens United but fully addresses the corporate hijacking of our constitution.
When: Sunday November 10th from 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Program starts at 5:00
Where: South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview St, Berkeley, CA 94703
We want to invite you to our “Party of the Decade” celebration with our National Team and give you an exciting teaser of our 2020 goals and tactics and get your feedback on our plans…
Hear the inside scoop on Move to Amends plans for 2020 and how you can engage, before anyone else!
Give us your feedback on our plans to amp up our pressure for the #WeThePeopleAmendment with new tactics and grassroots power.
2020 needs to be a referendum on more than just Trump -- we need a referendum on corporate rule and we have big plans to help shape that narrative!
We will be live streaming the event! But if you can come in person that's what you want to do because there will be prizes and special opportunities for people who come in person! Bring your friends and family!
For more information Contact: Shelly Williams at [email protected] or 916-318-8040
The Youth Climate Strike Coalition is organizing over 450 strikes of students and people of all ages as part of more than 2500 strikes worldwide.
The youth-led effort is calling for a "halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, protections for frontline communities, indigenous people, and biodiversity through transformative and decisive climate action.”
September 20 is the launch of an entire week of global climate action to demand transformative action be taken by our world’s governments to address the climate emergency.
Move to Amend supports the Youth Climate Strikes on September 20 and urges everyone to take action in solidarity to address the rapidly growing Climate Emergency!Read more