HEROES ACT: Corporations Get Bailed Out, We Get Shut Out

We must clearly, boldly and persistently exert power on our elected officials to help ourselves, our families and our communities facing the current health and economic crises.

Public outrage over big banks being bailed out with public funds while homeowners were left to drown in debt triggered both the Occupy and Tea Party movements during the financial crisis of the 1980’s.

Now it’s the big banks and other corporations and the rich who are not only being bailed out, but also being lavished with tax breaks, shielded by regulatory reductions and profiting in numerous other ways under the cover of COVID-19 and the economic crisis.

Meanwhile, the various stimulus bills passed by Congress have not met the ongoing basic needs of people, especially the most vulnerable.

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April 2020 Headlines

Over the past few months, we’ve all faced unprecedented challenges -- from fighting off an invisible to the naked eye virus, to the newest threat: murderer wasps! 

But there’s a small group of ‘PEOPLE’ that seem to be doing just fine, thank you very much -- Billionaires and Corporations. 

Because, as always...

Capitalism Never lets a good crisis go to waste-- 

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Thank You for Supporting the Movement to Amend!

Today is what the nonprofit world calls “Giving Tuesday.” We decided we would rather take this opportunity to thank you, for all the giving you have already done.

Watch our thank you message here:

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Move to Amend Community Call Recording

Happy May Day: Don't Cross the Picket Lines!

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history.

At the time, the US working class was often forced to work up to 16 hours a day, in unsafe conditions, for low wages. The demand was "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay."

Today, 134 years later, we stand in solidarity with striking workers across the US, as they fight for fair wages and safety during the worst public health and economic crisis in US history.

These corporations are logging record profits during this crisis. Yet they continue to pay poverty wages and deny their "essential workers" basic protections and sick pay, expecting them to risk their lives to provide everything -- from food to entertainment to new fuzzy slippers -- to those privileged enough to safely hunker down in their homes until the pandemic passes.

Move to Amend remains more committed than ever to challenging corporate rule in the age of coronavirus, and today that means standing with the workers and with their demands.

It means not crossing the picket line -- no support for these businesses today, in solidarity with the workers.

And it also means applying pressure to these corporations (Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, and FedEx) on social media or with an email to customer service -- to let them know that you stand with the workers.

IN THE NEWS: Campaign to Overturn Citizens United Keeps Racking Up Wins

Seventeen more Wisconsin communities recently endorsed a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, bringing the state total of passed referendums to 163 and the nationwide total to 820.

The recent election in Wisconsin was unusual in many ways, with voters forced to choose between protecting their health and exercising their rights. But in more than a dozen communities across the state, something that has become increasingly routine took place as voters endorsed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. 

Seventeen communities voted on April 7, by overwhelming margins, in favor of resolutions supporting a constitutional amendment stating that only human beings—not corporations—have constitutional rights and that money is not a form of speech and, therefore, limits on political contributions do not violate the First Amendment. 

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Move to Amend Signs on to oppose COVID funds from benefiting corporate farming

 Dear Secretary Mnuchin, 

The COVID-19 pandemic is upending our food system, threatening the livelihoods of our nation’s farmers who have already endured six years of depressed prices and farm income. Previous bailouts lined the pockets of agribusiness giants that wield extreme 1 market control, including Brazilian-owned JBS. We are concerned that the $500 billion 2 authorized under Title IV of the CARES Act “to provide liquidity to eligible businesses, States, and municipalities” and the combined $23.5 Billion allocated to USDA for direct disaster relief will likewise be funneled to large agribusinesses, enabling them to buy out struggling competitors and further consolidate their market power. 

We urge you to block any loans to and investments in major corporate players in the food system, including the largest meat and poultry processors, seed and fertilizer suppliers, and supermarkets. Instead, we urge you to use these funds to help family farms and smaller, independent meat processors and input providers survive these economic challenges, as well as farmers markets, farm stands, independent grocery stores, and other regional food infrastructure that is playing a pivotal role in meeting local food needs during this pandemic. 

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Seventeen More Communities Vote to Amend the U.S. Constitution

Madison, WI (April 14, 2020) – In the April election, Wisconsin residents in seventeen communities voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not the same thing as free speech.

All referenda passed with overwhelming majorities in the cities of Rhinelander (89%) and Eagle River (87%) and the towns of Wescott (86%), Newbold (87%), Crescent (83%), Pelican (85%), Woodruff (85%), Pine Lake (86%), Hazelhurst (86%), Arbor Vitae (87%), Presque Isle (79%), Winchester (79%), Boulder Junction (86%), Phelps (81%), Lac du Flambeau (85%), Plum Lake (82%) and Manitowish Waters (77%).

That brings the total to 163 Wisconsin communities that have called for an amendment. In total, almost 3.2 million people (56% of Wisconsinites) live in these jurisdictions.  Across the country, 20 state legislatures have voted for an amendment, as well as over 820 towns, villages, cities and counties.


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Everything Else is Irrelevant without a Livable World

A half century after the first Earth Day, the environment is near a tipping point of collapse. All of us must be a part of the solution, which includes, in part, abolishing corporate constitutional rights and big money in elections, but must include much more. [See list of specific suggested actions at the end.]

Wednesday is Earth Day -- the 50th Anniversary of what is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. 

An estimated 20 million people took part across the US on April 22, 1970 in marches, rallies, teach-ins and other public events, sparked by growing concern of environmental deterioration and destruction. The movement led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. It was a testament to the power of people organized in an independent grassroots movement demanding change. 

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April 28: Special Call to Share Concerns and Strategies -- Together

The coronavirus has already created sudden and intense change to many of our lives...and to our collective work. It’s going to continue to intensify in the weeks and months ahead. 

Major and sudden change often produces great uncertainty, anxiety, and fear, but it can also create opportunities. 

We sincerely hope you’re doing the best you can under the circumstances -- physically, mentally and emotionally. While physical distancing at the moment is critical, we need more than ever to come together socially for support. Social isolation is not an option. We need to collectively address fears and concerns of our uncertain future.  

We know you deeply care about others, your community, the world and democracy. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be on our list. 


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