lowerbucks [at] movetoamend.org | 215-586-3687 | movetoamend.org/pa-newtown
Who: Grassroots coalition representing over 600 petition signers in district 1including Move to Amend, Bucks Environmental Action (BEA), and Protect Our Water and Air (POWA)
When: May 28, 2019 4pm-6pm 1717 Langhorne Newtown Rd, Unit 400, Langhorne, PA, 19047
Newtown, Pennsylvania, May 28, 2019 - Representative Fitzpatrick is the target of a demonstration/press conference by a local coalition of organizations in an effort to encourage him to co-sponsor an amendment to the US Constitution.
The House of Representatives of the 116th Congress of the United States shows a growing number of co-sponsors for House Joint Resolution 48, a proposed amendment to the US Constitution to declare that artificial entities, such as corporations, should not have Constitutional rights, and that money is not free speech.
Local activists are calling on Representative Fitzpatrick to co-sponsor HJR 48, The We The People Amendment, to reflect the support of the amendment in District 1. Local support for HJR 48 has grown since the Bucks County affiliate formed several years ago and started educating local groups and the public on the importance of this amendment. District 1 has over 600 signatures and just fewer than five hundred thousand nationally in support of the amendment, and has 44 co-sponsors. Many states have already passed resolutions in support of such an amendment and Pennsylvania is working on it with the House Resolution 440 – which is pending a vote with the support of 36 cosponsors. After numerous attempts and a meeting with their staff, the groups have not been able to get any response from the office regarding Representative Fitzpatrick’s position on this proposed amendment since 2016.
On May 28, a coalition of grassroots organizations and constituents will be holding a public demonstration and press conference outside Representative Fitzpatrick’s office. During the demonstration, delegations of constituents hope that a meeting with Representative Fitzpatrick’s office can be arranged. Thus far Fitzpatrick’s stand on regulating money in politics is fuzzy an the groups want to him to take a position and to strongly encourage him to support the amendment, proposed by Representative Pramila Jayapal, in the House. Hosted by national democracy organization Move to Amend, the demonstration will feature speakers from Move To Amend local Buck’s County Affiliate, BEA, and POWA discussing how their work is impacted by corporate power and the influence of money in elections.
This demonstration is one of dozens happening simultaneously across the country on May 28 as a “National Day of Action to Free The People from Corporate Rule”. This day of action represents a growing movement of people across the political spectrum who are outraged by the influence of corporate interests in local and national politics. This is the first in a series of escalating actions to demand Congress address these problems for the good of We The People.