Jennie C Spanos

Why I support Move to Amend

I have a deep passion and focus on environmental and social justice issues. This organizing leads me to collaborate with various intersectional grassroots movements building for a just and sustainable future. 

The power reaped from the insane notion of corporate constitutional rights exists in tandem with structural oppression and environmental degradation and is found as a cause of so many injustices. Move to Amend and the #WeThePeopleAmendment strikes at the root of that reality.


How I've supported Move to Amend

  • published CA letters to senate candidates 2024 in California 2024-04-09 11:58:03 -0700

    Ask our California Senate Candidates to sponsor Senate Version HJR 54

    To get our We The People amendment passed, we need a Senate Companion Bill to HJR 54.

    Who better to ask than our California Senate Candidates.



    116 signatures

    Please add your signature below to the letters asking just that! Let’s show our support to keep our democracy intact.

    Click links to read the letters. 

    Senate Candidate Garvey Letter

    Senate Candidate Schiff Letter


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  • rsvped for Mayday for Money -TEACH-in Livestream 2024-04-06 12:14:04 -0700

    Mayday for Money -TEACH-in Livestream

    Join us for a special livestream panel discussion hosted by the Alliance for Just Money in collaboration with Move to Amend. This event serves as a TEACH-in leading up to the Mayday for Money March taking place in Chicago, IL, outside the Federal Reserve.

    The Alliance For Just Money has issued a distress call for our current monetary system, which is structurally incapable of serving our people and planet. As Earth faces environmental crises and wealth inequity grows, it's clear our monetary system is failing us. The Mayday for Money March seeks to address these issues and advocate for Just Money for Just Democracy!

    We invite all movements concerned about economic and ecological chaos to come together and advocate for change. Let's build a future with Just Money for a Healing Future!


    Join the live stream to learn: 

    • Just Money for a Dignified Life: Addressing basic needs and creating sustainable systems.
    • Just Money for Just Transition: Transitioning towards a more equitable and sustainable economy.
    • Just Money for Just Democracy: Exploring legislative solutions and the journey to change.
    • Just Money for Just Exchange: Promoting equality and peace on a global scale.

    Tune in to the livestream panel discussion on April 17th at 6pm MT and don't miss this opportunity to learn, engage, and advocate for a more just monetary system!

    April 17, 2024 at 7:00pm
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  • A Very Unhappy Birthday: Money Ruled Free Speech

    Forty-eight years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled in Buckley v. Valeo (1976) that restrictions on campaign spending were a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    They really said that MONEY, which is PROPERTY, is the same as FREE SPEECH.

    Most of us learned about the absurd Supreme Court doctrines of "money = speech" and "corporations are people" in 2010, when the Citizens United ruling came down.

    But the Buckley v. Valeo (1976) case that set the "money = speech" precedent was not about corporations -- it was about one individual's belief that campaign finance laws were a violation of his first amendment rights to express himself.

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  • Facebook for Affiliates

    Sabina Khan and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap from Move to Amend National cover how to use Facebook and Twitter to promote your MTA group and keep your supporters informed, including interfacing with the Move to Amend website and Nationbuilder database.

    Additional Resources:



  • published social-media-101 in Media & Communications Toolkit 2024-01-03 17:05:59 -0800


    Sabina Khan and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap from Move to Amend National cover how to use Facebook and Twitter to promote your MTA group and keep your supporters informed, including interfacing with the Move to Amend website and Nationbuilder database.

    Additional Resources:



  • Writing LTEs and OP-EDs TRAINING


    Why are they important?

    • Newspapers print letters they consider newsworthy.  Publication indicates to members of Congress (MOCs) and others that this is an important topic.
    • The volume of letters submitted indicates the community’s level of interest. The more LTEs you submit, the more likely one will be published. 
    • Even in today’s digital world, our MOCs use LTEs to get a pulse of what’s happening in their district.  MOCs review letters in their hometown papers every day, especially those that mention the MOC by name.  Pro tip: mention your MOC to praise or request support.
    • LTEs provide MTA visibility in the community and as a way to find new members.

    What articles or opinion pieces should I respond to?  Use this hierarchy:

    1. Editorials and front-page news
    2. Staff-written columns (i.e. by the newspaper’s own columnist)
    3. Locally-written op-ed
    4. Syndicated columnist
    5. Inside news stories
    6. Editorial cartoons
    7. Other letters to the editor.

    How do I write a letter to the editor?   Follow this formula:

    To get a feel for what has been successful, review LTEs that have been published but generally

    • Ask yourself—What is my message and how does it relate to the article that was in the paper recently?
    • Reference the story or a specific part (line, thought, etc.) of the story.  A short reference praising the writer or paper works well.
    • Transition quickly into how it relates to money as speech or corporate constitutional rights.
    • Propose a solution—the We the People Amendment, HJR54.  This is the meat of your message.
    • Present a call to action, e.g., write your MOC to support the WTP Amendment.
    • Close creatively  and with strength by employing a rhetorical device such as repetition, a play on words or closing the circle from the letter’s beginning.


    Do’s and Don’t’s :

    • Check the newspaper’s editorial page or website for directions and follow them.  Some require you to use an online form for electronic submissions, others accept submissions by email. Find out the maximum number of words allowed and stay within this limit.  LTEs are often 150-250 words in length.
    • Timing is important. The sooner you submit a letter the more likely it will be published.  Submit a LTE as early in the day as possible.
    • Try to incorporate the use of metaphors and wit, but always be respectful and avoid negativity.  Disagree without being disagreeable.
    • Don’t raise hot button issues unnecessarily.
    • Stay on point and don’t try to say too much. Only make one or two points in the LTE.
    • Don’t lecture or regurgitate the facts.  Write conversationally.
    • Use dire warnings judiciously and ALWAYS couple warnings with a solution, The We the People Amendment, HJR 54.
    • In the subject line of your email put “Re:(name of story and page#).” Letter editors will appreciate this time-saving practice.


    • Not everyone should sign their letter as being a volunteer with MTA because editors tend to lump all letters from one organization together and therefore may only choose one.
    • Newspapers often limit the number of letters by a single writer that they will publish over a certain time span.

    I got published! Now what?

    • Thank the letter editor.
    • Notify MTA by emailing your letter to [email protected] with the date of publication and name of the newspaper.
    • Send a copy of the letter to your MOC.


    • The term “op-ed” means opposite the editorial, where opinion pieces are frequently found.  
    • Much of what has been said about LTEs also applies to op-eds, except they are longer, typically 650-850 words.  
    • Who can submit an op-ed?  Who is getting published?  Some newspapers require that the op-ed author have some expertise or experience re the op-ed topic.  Research your paper’s policy.
    • Has the paper covered your topic?  Extensively?  Recently?  Does your piece express a new or different viewpoint?  Research past editorials and op-eds.
    • Why now?  What makes your op-ed especially newsworthy now?
    • Newspapers want to publish original op-eds submitted exclusively to them.  Depending on the paper’s policy, it may be OK to submit them elsewhere several days after publication, if appropriately attributed.  
    • Don’t submit the same op-ed to many papers at the same time.  Coordinate with  your affiliate or others in your area to make sure ONLY ONE PERSON submits the op-ed to each paper.  Also submit it beforehand to national MTA National [email protected]  [Subject: ATTENTION: LETTER TO THE EDITOR/ OP-ED – CITY, STATE] to prevent double submissions.
    • Sometimes MTA will provide you with a template op-ed.  This means others throughout the country will also try to get it published.  You must modify it so it’s different, e.g., by adding information about local conditions or issues or how the op-ed issue is particularly affecting your area.


    *Much of the preceding material was borrowed from Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s “Writing Effective Letters to the Editor” ( 

    It has been edited and additional material added.  Permission from CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds.  MTA thanks CCL and Mr. Reynolds for their cooperation.

  • Draft Letters to the Editor / OpEd on Citizens United Anniversary




    Overturning Citizens United isn’t enough

    Dear Editor,

    The January 21, 2010 Citizens United decision has unquestionably reduced democracy in our country.

    Total election spending was $14.4 billion in 2020, up from $5.3 billion in 2008, according to Open Secrets.The super rich and corporations were major sources of this flood of increased election spending, drowning out the political voices of the public majority unable to politically contribute. 

    It’s a mistake, however, to believe that:

    1. The constitutional doctrine that political money spent in elections equals “free speech” began with Citizens United. “Money is speech” goes back to the 1976 Buckley v. Valeo Supreme Court ruling.

    2. The corporate “right” to spend money in elections began with Citizens United. That originated with the 1978 Supreme Court First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti case.

    3. “Corporate personhood” began with Citizens United. That started in the 1880’s and currently includes the Supreme Court declaring First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment corporate constitutional rights that were intended solely for human persons. 

    Citizens United is simply the latest in a long line of anti-democratic Supreme Court decisions that have empowered the super rich and corporations to trump the ability of We the People to make decisions protecting our lives, communities and the natural world. Needed is not simply a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, but rather the We the People Amendment (HJR54) that would abolish the “money equals speech” and “a corporation is a person” bizarre constitutional doctrines. 


    Representative firstname lastname is a HJR54 legislative co-sponsor and should be congratulated.

    Representative firstname lastname should be urged to legislatively co-sponsor HJR54.

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    Dear Editor,

    The anniversary of the Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme Court decision is coming up on January 21.  It will be fourteen years since that damaging ruling was made.  

    Since that time, campaign spending has vastly increased and we are assaulted by superficial messages on our televisions, radios, newspapers, phones, computers, newspapers and billboards every election season.  It has become distressingly difficult to find out what the actual issues are or hear any meaningful discussion of the issues facing our nation, states and communities.

    Over more than 100 years, Supreme Court rulings have given human rights to legally chartered companies and organizations and expanded the definition of free speech to include unlimited spending on political speech i.e. campaigning. 

    What’s a voter to do?  We need to put the people back in We the People! The We the People Amendment (House Joint Resolution 54) has been introduced in Congress.  Please encourage your Representative to co-sponsor it.

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    OR please thank your Representative for being a co-sponsor.

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    Dear Editor,

    January 21 will be the fourteenth anniversary of the unpopular Citizens United Supreme Court decision.  Many people think that decision was when the money floodgates for campaign spending opened, but in fact there is a much longer history to the problem.

     Over more than a hundred years, Supreme Court rulings have expanded the definition of “person” to include fictional legal “persons” like corporations and organizations.  This has resulted in large corporations and organizations using their much greater resources than the average voter to influence legislation to the point where We the People have less and less to say about our own governance.

     The We the People Amendment, correcting this undemocratic situation, has been introduced in Congress. My Representative _________  _______ is a cosponsor  of the Amendment (House Joint Resolution 54) and I thank _(him/her/them)_for taking a stand.  I hope you will too.

     word count- 144 


    OR My Representative ___________  ____________ is not yet a co-sponsor of the Amendment (House Joint Resolution 54).  I am asking _(her/him/them)_ to sign on as a co-sponsor and I hope you will too.

    A few more than 144 words


    Examples of 2 letters published in a small local weekly asking people to come to a City Council meeting about a resolution supporting an amendment.                                                

    The Problem with Money    

    Dear Editor,                                                                                   

          Huge concentrations of wealth are wrecking economic and social infrastructure worldwide. Greed, the shadow side of money, is working its influence behind the scenes in politics. Recently, the rising monied aristocracy has been emboldened, no longer needing to deal with regulators in order to pocket politicians, This aristocracy can now step out into the open, because Campaign contributions can now be unlimited and elections can be even more easily bought. The Supreme Court has made this legal, moving against the common man by voting to give corporations the same rights as people and money the rights of free speech.

          I believe this example of misrule to be so egregious that all citizens, regardless of party allegiance, should be galvanized against it. Our local community should speak out with a resounding “no”! What do we do? We should think globally and act locally, re-imagining money and creating our own, as many communities are beginning to do both here and abroad. More importantly, for the moment, we need to turn back this recent Supreme Court ruling by supporting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would abolish corporate personhood and overturn the absurd ruling that political spending is the equivalent of free speech. Visit We in Willits can join the other governing bodies in the county that have passed a resolution calling for the return of our democracy and our elections back to us, the people, and reclaiming our sovereign right to self-governance. 

         Please join us Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 pm at Willits City Hall.  We need a crowd. 

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    Dear Editor, 

    On May 14th the Willits City Council will be considering a resolution to join the nationwide movement to amend the US Constitution to end corporate personhood in accordance with Advisory Measure F passed by voters in Mendocino County in 2012 by a margin of 75%. The measure advised all governmental bodies in the county to pass a corresponding resolution to demand of our state and federal legislators that they initiate and pass the constitutional amendment. All other city and county governmental bodies in Mendocino County have already passed such resolutions except Willits.

    Why is this a local issue and why is it important, you might ask. 

     The US Constitution does not mention corporations nor their status with respect to personal constitutional rights. However, through a series of court decisions beginning in 1886, legal precedent has been established to allow corporations to claim all of the constitutional rights – e.g. as defined in the Bill of Rights – including right to privacy, equal opportunity and free speech. This precedent was finalized by the more recent Supreme Court ruling in the case known as Citizens United v. FEC, which not only explicitly confirmed corporate personhood but also equated monetary spending with free speech, thus overturning all campaign finance limitations that had been or could be democratically established by our elected officials. This outrageous ruling has effectively undermined any ability WE THE PEOPLE might have in determining our own lives. It has opened up the floodgates of corporate bribery and allowed the super wealthy to essentially turn our democracy into an oligarchy (AKA corporatocracy). 

     Among other things these misguided court determinations overrule any local (or even state and federal level) democratic decision-making when it comes to preventing some undesirable corporate behavior, i.e. limiting their ability to run roughshod over us. They can and, in fact, have claimed that such decisions are an infringement on their “constitutional rights” to privacy, equal opportunity, and/or free speech and are thus null and void. Consequently local communities have been repeatedly rebuked when they have – with a majority vote – successfully passed a resolution denying corporations a permit to establish operations in their regions or even limiting their activities.

     The movement to amend the constitution is now well on its way and endorsed by voters with wide margins everywhere it has been put on a ballot. Hundreds of local communities and several states have already passed resolutions in support of the amendment. It is time for Willits to get on board. The groundswell to reclaim our democracy must continue and the Willits voters have already told their council we want to be part of it. The amendment will only become a reality if WE THE PEOPLE stand together to fend off the power the corporations currently wield over us.

     Come to the council meeting on May 14th and show your support for a constitutional amendment to end corporate rule through the phony guise of “personhood”. This is without doubt the most critical issue of our times.


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    ​​What Hath
    Citizens’ United Wrought?  The View After 14 Years

    By John Fioretta, Esq. and _____________________

     On January 21, 2010 the Supreme Court decided the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, which gave corporations and labor unions a First Amendment right to make unlimited independent contributions to support or oppose candidates for elected office.  Subsequent cases further eroded the federal Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act so individuals may now do so as well.  The result has been a flood of money into our political system fundamentally corrupting our democracy. 

    • In the 2010 midterm election, the first after Citizens United, total spending on all federal elections was over $4.9 billion.  It rose to more than $8.9 billion in 2022, a 181 percent increase. 

    • For the 20 years preceding Citizens United, non-party independent groups spent $750,000,000.  In the 10 years afterwards they spent $4.5 billion, a six-fold increase.   
    • During the decade before Citizens United, dark money groups—non-profits not required to disclose their donors—contributed $129,000,000.  In the decade following they gave $963,000,000, over seven times more.

     The Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Citizens’ United authored by Justice Kennedy stated that “[w]ith the advent of the Internet, prompt disclosure of expenditures can provide shareholders and citizens with the information needed to hold corporations and elected officials accountable…This transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages.”  Citizens’ United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010).  This statement didn’t reflect reality at the time and is even less accurate now.  By 2015 even Justice Kennedy said that the disclosure system was"not working the way it should" and criticized federal agencies for not requiring more disclosure.  

    What else hath Citizens’ Unite wrought?  Even more harmful impacts on the states. 

    • In a study of six states published in 2016 the Brennan Center found that gray money increased from 15 percent in 2006 to 59 percent in 2014 of all outside spending.  Gray money is “spending by state super PACs that reported other PACs as donors, making it impossible to identify original donors without sifting through multiple layers of PAC disclosures.” 

    • In the six states examined, full transparency of spending plunged from 76 percent in 2006 to 29 percent in 2014. 

    • From 2006-2014 Dark Money increased on average in these states by 38 times. 

    • Though legally required to disclose their donors, state super PACs often receive donations from Dark Money PACs which need not disclose theirs.  During the same time period such donations multiplied 49 times from under $190,000 to more than $9.2 million. 

    • Perhaps the worse impact of secret money at the state level is that when it can be tracked it is “traced back to such sources as a mining company targeting a state legislator who held a key role opposing quicker mining permits, payday lenders supporting an attorney general who promised to shield them from regulation, and food companies battling a ballot measure to add labeling requirements.”  In other words, when brought to light it can be shown to very directly affect policy-making.

    • Compared to federal elections, it doesn’t take as much money to have influence at the state level.  Therefore these large increases in Gray Money are particularly problematic. 

    Let’s let lobbyist and former Republican majority whip in the Arizona House of Representatives, Chris Herstam, sum it up: “In my 33 years in Arizona politics and government, dark money is the most corrupting influence I have seen.” 

    When one watches election ads on TV or social media postings regarding political campaigns it’s not difficult to imagine how all this new cash is used, negatively and often without the consumer knowing whose dollars are behind it.   So it isn’t surprising that in an October 2023 poll 72 percent of Americans said “there should be limits on the amount of money individuals and organizations can spend on political campaigns.”  Contrary to the Citizens’ United ruling merely 11 percent of those polled said persons and organizations should be able to spend unlimited amounts. 

    What can we do to stem this rising tide of Big, Dark and Gray Money to our elected officials, campaigns for public office, and elections?  Because Citizens’ United was decided by the Supreme Court and granted constitutional rights, the Court must reverse itself or we must enact a constitutional amendment overturning it.  Given the composition of the Supreme Court a constitutional amendment is the only realistic option.  

    The We the People Act, House Joint Resolution 54 in the present Congress, would overturn Citizens’ United and put the authority to regulate campaign finance back where it belongs, with the People’s representatives in Congress, as well as rein in corporate power (more at  Urge your federal representatives to co-sponsor this urgently needed anti-corruption measure. 

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    Talking Points on Corporate Constitutional Rights


    1. Democracy is founded on the premise that the People are the source of all power.

    2. We the People’ created corporations as tools to serve us, not themselves. As sovereigns we can regulate and restrict corporations as we see fit. The Supreme Court’s invention of constitutional rights for corporations has turned this fundamental principle on its head.

    3. For the first 100 plus years of our history, corporations were strictly controlled and had no constitutional rights.  Corporations could not even exist unless state legislation—called charters—created them.

    4. Statutes created corporations to give them the powers needed to conduct business for the peoples’ benefit. Logic dictates that corporations have only those rights granted them by statute. Statutes cannot create constitutional rights.

    5. Corporations do not need constitutional rights to conduct business. Logically, an entity created to serve people should not have the same constitutional rights as those people it is supposed to serve.

    6. Corporations are not mentioned in the Constitution. So the framers did not think they should have constitutional rights (CRs.) But, starting with the 1819 Dartmouth case, SCOTUS inserted corporations into the Constitution and progressively invented CRs for corporations, giving corporations most of the same constitutional rights as natural persons like you and me.

    7. The corporate constitutional rights doctrine created by SCOTUS is not supported by logic, history or law. SCOTUS has never explained why artificial entities like corporations should have the same constitutional rights as natural persons when corporations do not need CRs to do business and  have special advantages that individual persons do not have, e.g. perpetual life and limited liability.

    8. The Supreme Court's CCR jurisprudence has used ever shifting rhetorical devices and rationales for reaching the desired result in any given case. This incoherent and undemocratic  body of law exists in defiance of the purpose and plain meaning of the constitutional text. For example  SCOTUS “found" CCRs under the 14th Amendment, created to ensure the rights of former slaves, the text of which applies only to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States” which corporations cannot be. 

    9. The SCOTUS-created CCR doctrine fueled corporate power to the point that the modern multinational corporation is the most dominant institution on earth, dwarfing many countries in wealth, power and influence.

    10. This court-made CCR doctrine has allowed corporations to abuse and harm the human beings they are supposed to serve. In addition to using their so-called free speech rights under the First Amendment to buy politicians, corporations have used other CCRs such as the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to undemocratically impose pollution, water contamination, environmental destruction, harm to workers and other assaults on unwilling local communities and individuals in derogation of local control, the police power, and democracy itself.

    11. A series of Supreme Court decisions created the same political free speech rights for corporations under the First Amendment as originally belonged only to  natural persons. This allows corporations to spend  enormous amounts of corporate money to influence politics, policy and who gets elected to public office.   This tsunami of unregulated, undisclosed money drowns  out the people’s voice which is neither heard nor heeded.*

    12. “A majority of people want reforms such as lower drug prices, greater\affordable health care,  climate change reduction, and infrastructure repair.” But what the people want rarely gets enacted because Congress relies on large donor and corporate campaign contributions which makes Congress beholden to their wealthy donors instead of the people they should represent. And, even if these reforms were enacted, they could be toppled if SCOTUS found they violated some corporation’s constitutional rights.  

    13. SCOTUS has used two contradictory analogies to give free speech rights to corporations.


    One, the association or partnership analogy imagines that the corporation is a mere aggregation of its shareholder members and merely speaks for them. But shareholders do not own the corporation, they own stock in it. Also, many shareholders are corporations themselves.  This theory is flawed on several grounds. Because corporate law imposes a fiduciary duty on corporate officers to maximize profits, its officials cannot make decisions that represent the values of any human being. Human shareholders have values and interests other than maximizing the corporation’s profits.  Also, the corporation’s wealth derives from many other stakeholders, e.g., its employees and consumers, with divergent interests of their own. The corporation misappropriates the wealth contributed by these stakeholders when it spends corporate money to influence politics and policy. The association theory is also inconsistent with limited liability.

     The other, entity theory, is that the corporation is an independent entity, separate from its human members. As such, it is an independent speaker with its own views and that denying or restricting its voice violates the First Amendment because the public is denied the ability to hear what the corporation has to say. (Note: it turns out that the  human public only gets to hear what the corporations want them to hear while, because of the right not to speak, the public does not get to hear what they want to hear—e.g, what’s in the products we use.  This theory is also flawed because corporations cannot exist without being created by a government which lacks the power to create CRs.

        SCOTUS has used both of these contradictory theories in the same case—e.g., CU.

    *Cite See also, professors Joshua Kalla and Ethan Porter,“Politicians Don’t Actually Care What Voters Want.” A two year survey revealed that “an overwhelming majority of legislators were uninterested in learning about their constituents views” and that “for most politicians, voters’ views seemed almost irrelevant. . For a brief description of this study, see “Politicians Don’t Care What youThink”, N.Y. Times, OP-ED, A-23, July 11, 2019.


  • East India Company Founding Anniversary

    The East India Company was founded on this date in 1600. It was chartered (i.e. licensed) by the British Crown to trade in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia and later with East Asia. It eventually became the largest corporation on earth.

      East India Company flag, 1801

    The company achieved not only its main purpose of facilitating economic trade (involving spices, tea, silk, opium… and slaves). It was also given the authority to colonize and rule. The corporation was in essence the government over large parts of India that extended British imperialism with the capacity to administer laws and collect taxes. It had its own army that was twice the size of the British force to enforce laws and to quell popular uprisings. 


    On this "corporate rule" anniversary, please make a New Year’s resolution to (re)commit to working together to affirm our rights over corporate "rights." Start by generously contributing to our end-of-year financial match drive. We urgently need to reach our goal to start 2023 on a strong footing.


    The corporation’s trade monopoly in parts of the world included the monopoly of tea sales in the American colonies, thanks to the Tea Act passed by the British Parliament. This sparked the “Boston Tea Party” in December, 1773.

    Over several centuries, the corporation and the British Crown and elites in the government worked hand-in-hand to economically, politically and militarily plunder people and resources.

    There is no single corporation today as dominant as the East India Company at its peak - though ExxonMobil Corporation, for example, may be close. However, business corporations collectively are much more powerful today in determining economic, political and military policies -- and impact virtually every aspect of society.

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  • Move to Amend Reports on What the (BLEEP) Happened to Detroit

    July 27, 2015

    Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution through our internet radio program. Every Thursday at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.


    Get reminders about shows so you never forget to tune in - go here and click the "Follow" link in the middle of the page.

    This July marks one year since the city of Detroit proceeded to shutoff water for tens of thousands of low-income households behind on their bills, an act the United Nations condemned as a human rights violation. Under Michigan's Public Act 436, also known as the "Emergency Manager Law," the democratic process has been suspended for Detroit and other Michigan communities under the guise of improving their "financial management." For decades, Detroit has served as a testing ground for how private corporations can takeover local governments, privatize their public infrastructure and services, and pillage community resources absent any form of accountability to the people who live here. This has become a model for the corporate takeover of cities around the United States to pursue their own versions of Michigan's "Emergency Manager Law."In solidarity with the people of Detroit, we are spending this month highlighting their community's struggle for social, economic, environmental and cultural justice. Each week, we will feature local residents, community organizers, and cultural activists struggling with the dangerous effects of corporate rule and how they are working to transform Detroit into a self-governing, sustainable community with a healthy culture.  

    July 9th

    In the face of corporate rule over media and entertainment, young and upcoming artists are struggling to support themselves with their skills and talent without having their cultural products appropriated and used up by exploitative music executives. Local artists, producers and community organizers Bryce Detroit, Piper Carter, and Greg "GMAC" Mckenzie join us to provide an introduction to entertainment justice.Bryce Detroit is a composer, music producer, performer, curator and entertainment justice activist. For the past 3 years, he has led an intergenerational charge to ‘bridge the gap’ between Detroit’s legendary musical pioneers and the city’s young emergent innovators. As founder of Detroit Recordings Company, and co-founder of Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, he uses entertainment arts to promote new Afrikan and Indigenous legacies, cultural literacy, and new music economies. As a prominent community advocate, Bryce works as the Director of Commons Relations for East Michigan Environmental Action Council, serves as a founding member of Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition and the Detroit Future Youth Network.  



    Piper Carter is a Community Organizer in the Environmental Justice, Maker Space, Food Justice, and Entertainment Justice communities living inside Detroit. As an Image Maker, Piper is also the Co-Founder of the Foundation of Women in Hip Hop, a Founding member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Multimedia Artist for Jessica Care Moore’s Black Women Rock, a Founding member of Cosmic Slop a Michigan based Black Rock Coalition, and Adult Ally for Detroit Future Youth.

    Gregory McKezie, also abbreviated as GMAC,  is a father, community activist, entrepreneur, emcee and producer.  GMAC released "Laidbackness" from his label Impeccable Projects, Inc. in 2011 and will be releasing "Furious Styles" in 2015.  Stemming from his own words: “When I was 19, I vowed to speak the truth when I rap," the lyrical content in GMAC's albums are rooted in Pan African nationalism, the urban black experience, and “reality in progress” from the multitude of activities he engages. He has performed with many artists across generational lines from artists such as Dead Prez to Last Poets. His principal training is in Accounting, but he is an avid reader of African history and quantum physics. His community affiliations include Coalition for Justice and Respect for Black Life, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Alkebu-lan Village, Inc., African Source Movement and Restoring the Neighbor Back to the Hood.  The past two years, he served as co-chair of the African Liberation Day Planning Committee. 


    Click here to listen to this week's show.

    July 16th

    In a media industry dominated by a handful of corporations, women struggle against a corporate patriarchy which undervalues their skills and cultural contributions, even as they profit from media content reinforcing the objectification of their sex. This week features local organizer and poet Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty talking with us about how women are uplifting their voices and resisting sexism in Hip Hop culture.

      Tawana Petty is a mother, award winning activist, social justice organizer, poet and author. Tawana is committed to social justice and youth advocacy, and is heavily engaged in transformative visionary organizing on the ground in Detroit. She is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and a member of Detroiters Resisting Emergency ManagementWe the People of Detroit, the People’s Water Board Coalition and The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop. In addition to Tawana’s social justice work and community organizing, she performs and speaks across the globe. She has been a featured guest on several local and national radio programs including the Tavis Smiley Show, NPR/WDET, and Occupy Radio. Her work and writings have also been featured in the Huffington Post, The Michigan Daily, The Michigan Citizen, on, on and in Red Pepper Magazine (UK). Tawana, also known as Honeycomb on stage, is the author of Introducing Honeycomb and is currently working on her second book, due out this year.

    Click here to listen to this week’s show.

    July 23rd

    As thousands of Detroit residents struggle over basic rights to water and other public resources, the community continues to fight for their right to self-determination over their environment. We talk with Ahmina Maxey of Zero Waste Detroit and William Copeland of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council about their ongoing struggle for environmental justice in Detroit.

      Ahmina Maxey is a community activist in Detroit, Michigan working for the environmental health and protection of her community. As the Community Outreach Coordinator of Zero Waste Detroit coalition, she advocates to increase recycling participation in the city and shut down the Detroit incinerator.  Ahmina has experience working in the environmental justice field, having worked as an Associate Director at the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), and Research Assistant at the Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative.  In her work at EMEAC, her responsibilities included health and environmental justice policy, advocacy, and outreach work. She has worked with City Council members on measures to improve Detroit’s air quality, leading to the passage of numerous laws protecting the environment and health of Detroiters. Ahmina is a graduate of the University of Michigan, earning her Bachelor of Science in the Program in the Environment in 2007.


      William Copeland is an organizer and cultural worker from Detroit. He works as EMEAC's Climate Justice Director. He served as one of the local coordinators for the 2010 US Social Forum, organizing over 300 Detroit-area volunteers to host 20,000+ activists and community change agents to 5 days of workshops, panels, concerts, and work projects. He also worked as lead organizer of the 2011 Detroit 2 Dakar Delegation to the World Social Forum held in Dakar, Senegal. He has significant affiliations with the healing justice movements in Detroit and nationwide and is also currently working on creating the D.Blair Theater Space in the Cass Corridor Commons. Copeland serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network. Will See dropped his first solo hip-hop CD "The Basics" which includes EJ anthems such as "Water Power" "Take tha House Back" and "Respiration."available at His second project is a spiritual mixtape called SOL SWGGR found at   

    Click here to listen to this week’s show.

    July 30th

    Unelected officials are privatizing public services and selling off community assets in Detroit and other Michigan communities, and local residents are doing what they can to fight back against corporate rule. We talk about organizing within Detroit’s black community and how they are building a self-determining community with local organizer and cultural activist Will Copeland.

     William Copeland is an organizer and cultural worker from Detroit. He works as EMEAC's Climate Justice Director. He served as one of the local coordinators for the 2010 US Social Forum, organizing over 300 Detroit-area volunteers to host 20,000+ activists and community change agents to 5 days of workshops, panels, concerts, and work projects. He also worked as lead organizer of the 2011 Detroit 2 Dakar Delegation to the World Social Forum held in Dakar, Senegal. He has significant affiliations with the healing justice movements in Detroit and nationwide and is also currently working on creating the D.Blair Theater Space in the Cass Corrido

    r Commons. Copeland serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network. Will See dropped his first solo hip-hop CD "The Basics" which includes EJ anthems such as "Water Power" "Take tha House Back" and "Respiration."available at His second project is a spiritual mixtape called SOL SWGGR found at


    Click here to listen to this week's show.


    Move to Amend Reports is hosted by Laura Bonham and Egberto Willies, members of Move to Amend's National Leadership Team. Executive producer is Keyan Bliss. Production team is Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Keyan Bliss, Laura Bonham and Egberto Willies.

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  • published Building Democracy Auction 2023 2023-12-13 10:45:51 -0800

    Building Democracy Auction 2023

    Your support is so critical in the fight to getting the We the People Amendment passed. Move to Amend is funded by grassroots donations from people like you. We are committed to maintaining our independence and our integrity and we need your support to make it possible! 


    Register now at to bid on incredible items and contribute to the movement for a more equitable future:

    Join our End of Year auction hosted on – an opportunity for you to contribute to our movement and snag some fantastic items in the process!

    Browse through our incredible array of items in the auction – from unique handmade crafts to exclusive experiences. Your bids directly fuel our grassroots movement. Explore the Auction Now

    Make your bids now and spread the word! The auction ends soon, and we encourage you not to wait until the last minute to secure your favorite items.

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  • The Get Foreign Money Out of California Elections Act - Support AB 83

    Citizens United opened a loophole: Foreign governments, foreign businesses and foreign individuals can invest in U.S. corporations, and those corporations can spend unlimited amounts from their corporate treasuries on U.S. elections. 

    The clock is now ticking with less than a month to pass AB 83, The Get Foreign Money Out of California Elections Act out of the Assembly!

    AB 83, the Get Foreign Money Out of California Elections Act, (add your name below) closes the loophole that allows foreign money to pour into California campaigns, candidates, political parties, PACs, Super-PACS and ballot measures “indirectly", undermining our capacity for self-governance...

    3,218 signatures

    When the U.S. Supreme Court decided that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money from their corporate treasuries in U.S. elections (Citizens United v FEC, 2010), they justified the decision by saying that U.S. corporations were “associations of citizens.”

    However, over 40% of all the shares held in US corporations are held by foreign investors, not U.S. citizens, living outside of the U.S. These corporations then spend millions in California elections, even though U.S. election law stipulates that no foreign money is allowed in U.S. elections, contributed either “directly or indirectly.”

    Citizens United opened a loophole: Foreign governments, foreign businesses and foreign individuals can invest in U.S. corporations, and those corporations can spend unlimited amounts from their corporate treasuries on U.S. elections.

     AB 83, the Get Foreign Money Out of California Elections Act, closes the loophole that allows foreign money to pour into California campaigns, candidates, political parties, PACs, Super-PACS and ballot measures “indirectly", undermining our capacity for self-governance.

    Earlier this year, Minnesota closed the loophole, prohibiting multinational corporations from spending money on state elections. We can do the same in California. Multinational influence is a threat to U.S. sovereignty and to our national security – international interests can easily, and often do, diverge from U.S. interests. There should not be any foreign money in our elections.

    Join us in support of AB 83 and urge the California Assembly to pass this legislation and close this loophole immediately.

     Sign now in support of AB 83, the Get Foreign Money Out of California Elections Act.

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  • Recruit Your Friends to Join You in Promoting Statutory Reform Campaign

    Copy and paste the Personal Tracking Link below to social media and/or send it out in an email or text message to ask your friends to join your Pro-Democratic/Anti-Corporate Power Statutory Reforms Campaign. Start inviting people who live in your state ASAP! 

    Here is example text to post to invite your friends to join you:

    I'm working with Move to Amend to reduce the power of corporate entities from hijacking the political process.  Will you join this important campaign with me?

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  • Rights and Privileges Timeline Exercise

    Rights and Privileges Timeline Exercise

    By Ashley Sanders, Move to Amend

    (90 minutes)

    Download exercise instructions as PDF (handouts available for download at the end of this article)

    Purpose: To make the connection between personhood, law, rights and privileges. To help people understand why Move to Amend’s fight must include a commitment to dismantle racism in order to be fully effective.

    Materials Needed:

    • Tape (if posting it to a wall, otherwise people can hold the cards and stand in front of the room)
    • Three color-coded stacks of printed timeline pages (best to print on cardstock): one for corporate rights, one for human rights, and one for white privilege. Each card will have the date and name of a historic event/law on the front and a description on the back.


    Move to Amend has two goals that cannot be separated from each other: to amend the Constitution to abolish corporate personhood and money as speech, and to build a democracy movement across issues and oppressions that works together to replace our current corporate system with a system of justice for all. Whatever issues you in this room might work on, we want to collaborate with you to create a whole new system. We want to ask what new laws, cultures, founding documents and alternatives we’d need to go beyond the amendment and actually create a new world. But it’s easy to get too focused on our first goal alone: amending the Constitution to abolish corporate personhood and money as speech. Today we are going to do some exercises together to answer the following questions:

    • Why do we need a democracy movement to both pass and build on our amendment? Why can’t we just focus on the amendment and be done with it?
    • Why do we need to build movements across race, class and gender? It sounds nice, but what does it have to do with Move to Amend?
    • Why is the amendment alone not enough?

    To answer that, we first have to talk about personhood.

    • Can someone tell me what being a legal person means?
    • How does one become a legal person? Who has the power to grant this?

    Push people to recognize that personhood is granted by law.

    “Alright, so personhood is created by law. Does anyone know what percentage of Americans were considered people at the time of the ratification of the Constitution?”

    Let folks answer. If the don’t get it right, say, “About 5-8 percent. That means that almost 95 percent of people--women, poor folks, Native Americans, African Americans, and indentured servants--didn’t count as people.

    But why does this matter? Obviously, they were people, so why did they need the law to recognize them? What’s so powerful about being a legal person?

    Gather answers from the group.  Push folks to recognize the relationship between law, power and culture.

    “We live in a world where corporations have the rights of legal persons. But how did corporations get these rights, and what specific rights did they get?”

    Pass out the corporate rights note cards to people in the group. Ask everyone with a notecard to come in front of the room and self-organize into chronological order. When everyone is lined up, ask folks to read their card aloud and then tape it above the timeline.

    When everyone has read, ask folks to sit down and discuss.

    • Why do corporations want rights?
    • Why did they go through the law?
    • What happens to our economy and democracy when corporations have the same rights as persons?”

    Listen to people’s answer, then recap/follow up.

    “Law is a big deal because law is power. Law also influences culture. Being a legal person gives someone the backing of the state and legitimacy in the culture. This two-way relationship between law and culture that can dramatically affect someone’s perceived value, their decision-making power, their safety, their livelihood and their opportunities. So when corporations became people, they not only got the power to count and decide on our democracy, they received the added benefits of cultural legitimacy--the idea that they deserve to participate and decide. This gives them tremendous power to control our government and squash resistance efforts. But remember, their power is not inevitable, it’s constructed. They are creatures of law and culture, and if you take away their legal rights, you affect their cultural power, too. You can dismantle their power.

    That’s what we’re doing in the Move to Amend movement. We are working to amend the Constitution to overturn corporations’ legal rights, and we are building a movement to change this corporate culture.

    But what power do we have? What about the 95% of people who didn’t count as legal persons at the time of the Constitution? They, too, wanted the rights of legal persons so that they could protect their land, their labor and their dignity. Molly Ivins has said that the whole history of the United States can be seen as groups of people forming social movements to drive themselves into the phrase We the People. So how did that happen?”

    Pass out the People’s Rights cards and repeat the process for corporate rights. Have people line up, read their card aloud, and then stick them on the butcher paper below the timeline.

    Ask for people’s reactions to the people’s rights portion of the timeline, and how the people’s timeline relates to the corporate power timeline.

    • Why did these movements make it a point to get personhood in addition to their other strategies?

    Push people to recognize that movements have used law to change culture and culture to change the law. For example, the Civil Rights movement won some important legal victories, but to do that they changed the race culture of the country through education, civil disobedience, and radical self-respect. Similarly, their legal victories helped affirm their cultural victories and enforce them, so that even people who had not been transformed by their culture work had to be at least somewhat accountable to the law.

    Make sure people recognize that these movements weren’t using the law as their sole tactic. Ask people what the real goal of the women’s suffrage movement was. It wasn’t voting, it was full female equality. Similarly, the Civil Rights movement was not merely pushing for the right to vote, it was fighting for full racial equality. Stress that law is a tool for enforcing a movement, but movements are also tools for enforcing the law.

    Many movements kept their sights on their real transformative goal of liberation, but other movements got distracted and allowed their legal demands and victories to replace their fight for liberation. Ask if Move to Amend’s goal is just an amendment, or something bigger. Push people to realize that our movement is also using the law to rally around a much larger fight for liberation from corporate rule. We don’t just want money out of politics. We are fighting for the power to decide, the power to transform culture, the power to replace the corporate system with a human and humane system. We cannot get so caught up in the fight for the amendment that we forget that we need a movement to both pass it and enforce it, then build a new world on its foundations.

    • What happens to people’s rights when corporations have rights, too?

    Move on to the third set of cards and pass them out to the participants.

    “Most of us in Move to Amend know the basic story of these two timelines. We are fighting corporate rule by forming a people’s movement to demand our rights. But there is one more timeline that we have to address if we really want to understand how power and law have worked in this country.”

    Before reading, point out that this timeline will deal with race, but we could have also created a timeline to deal with class, gender, ability, etc. We are using one timeline to make a larger point about oppression in general.

    Ask people to be silent as they listen to the cards being read. Have people line up in chronological order and read the last set of cards, then sit down to debrief.

    Ask for initial reactions and then move deeper.

    • How many of you knew about this history?
    • How does it make you feel?
    • How are whiteness and privilege, like corporate rights, creations of the law?
    • What are the impacts on our democracy as a result of the legal creations of whiteness?
    • And finally, how does the legal creation of white privilege affect our work to create a democracy movement?

    People will have lots of answers. Ask about the phrase “restoring democracy.”

    What does this phrase mean to most people of color and poor people in this country?
    Why does it make sense to white people?

    “We know it's a problem that we left people out of We the People, and we know it's a problem that the Courts gave corporations rights. This harms everyone. But what about the relationship between the law, white privilege, corporate rule and human rights? Because corporate rule harms some groups disproportionately, and democracy has never been available to most people. Rights can be used for good or bad purposes. In the case of social movements, rights protect. In the case of white privilege and corporate rule, rights can harm.”

    “At Move to Amend we are building a people’s movement to demand a real democracy with human rights for all. To do that, we are working to pass an amendment.“

    Ask someone to come up to the timeline and attach a card that says We the People Amendment, 20__? to the end of the People’s Rights timeline.

    “And what if we did that? If the amendment passed, corporations would no longer have rights!”

    Ask someone to come and take down all the Corporate Rights note cards.

    “So we’ve won, right? We have a real democracy, don’t we? No? Well then, what’s the problem?”

    Listen to people brainstorm answers. Push people to talk about what remains on the timeline: a whole history of white privilege encoded in law. Wrap up.

    “Even if we are successful in winning this amendment, we won’t live in a real democracy unless we work to dismantle the 300 years of laws that gave white people privilege and power over people of color, even under a corporate system that harmed everyone. We have to organize for real justice, and we can’t do that if we’re still hanging on to our advantages. We also can’t fully fight corporate rule unless we know all its consequences, but white privilege keeps white folks from having to know the worst effects of corporate rule.

    That’s why we have to take the lead in our organizing from groups led by working class folks and people of color, as well as other marginalized groups. We need to understand what we don’t understand about how corporate rule affects immigration, prisons, healthcare, labor and the environment, and we need to know this from the people who know it best. Finally, look at all the social movements that came before ours. Did they secure full justice for everyone? No. They are ongoing. Often they were splintered by issues of race, class, gender and geography.

    We in Move to Amend want to continue the good work of past struggles by collaborating with people from impacted communities, and we want to fight against the forces that have been used in the past to divide us. If we can do that, we will win--not just in Washington but in our everyday, material lives. We need a movement because we want to create a new world. We can’t deal with just one aspect of corporate power or one aspect of justice. They are all interconnected and we must build a movement to do the work that is larger than any of our movements alone.

    The elites are watching our progress and they are afraid. When we start to succeed, they will try to divide us in every way we can. We need to be strong, united and committed in our demands for structural change. If we do that, we will win. If we don’t, we will lose even if we win."


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  • published Fundraising Coordinator in Announcements 2023-04-03 10:37:56 -0700

    We are hiring a new Fundraising Coordinator!

    The Move to Amend Coalition is a grassroots campaign to amend the Constitution to state that artificial entities such as corporations, unions, and non-profits do not have inherent rights under the Constitution, and that money is not free speech so campaign spending can be regulated. MTA focuses on movement building and community organizing, emphasizing leadership from communities most impacted by corporate power such as people of color, low-income people, women, LGBTQIA+ people and youth.

    MTA is structured to empower grassroots community leaders through affiliate groups that organize locally for the amendment campaign. The coalition’s “We the People Amendment” was introduced in Congress in February 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and soon 2023. Representative Pramila Jayapal will introduce the We the People Amendment into the 118th Congress.

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  • published Hale v Henkel (2023) in Announcements 2023-03-16 08:55:02 -0700

    Hale v Henkel (2023)

    Hale v. Henkel, probably one of the most cited cases (over 1,600 times), was decided by the United States Supreme Court on this day, in 1906.

    ...117 years later, Hale v Henkel keeps granting Corporations an ill-gotten right to privacy. 

    As we all know, Corporations are not mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution, but thanks to the rulings of activist Supreme Court Justices, Corporations hijacked the Constitution and Rights that were intended only for individuals. Hale v Henkel is a prime example. 

    In this case, the SCOTUS established the power of a federal grand jury engaged in an investigation into corporate misconduct to require the corporation in question to surrender its records.

    The Ruling: 

    "An order for the production of books and papers may constitute an unreasonable search and seizure within the Fourth Amendment. While a search ordinarily implies a quest by an officer of the law, and a seizure contemplates a forcible dispossession of the owner, still the substance of the offense is the compulsory production of private papers, whether under a search warrant or a subpoena duces tecum, against which the person, be [an] individual or corporation, is entitled to protection."


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  • Will you help push your Rep to co-sponsor the #WeThePeopleAmendment?

    The #WeThePeopleAmendment will be introduced in Congress sometime in the next few weeks.

    This amendment makes clear that only human beings have Constitutional rights (not corporations) and that money is not speech so that campaign spending can be regulated and big money can be eliminated from the political process.

    This critical amendment is necessary to move forward on just about every other issue you care about, from climate change to election integrity to police brutality and human rights!

    Our goal is to get at least 100 co-sponsors on the #WeThePeopleAmendment -- so we need at least 3-5 constituents in each district to hold a successful lobby meeting... sign up below!

    The meetings will all be virtual and online and will take about 20-30 mins. Move to Amend organizers will help you prepare for the meeting and work with you to ensure it is a success!

    What is needed to participate:

    • High speed internet and computer with video capability (if this is a challenge for you, let us know and we will see if we can make it work)
    • A passion for passing the #WeThePeopleAmendment to end corporate rule and get big money out of politics
    • 1-2 hours to prepare your statement during the meeting and join a prep call with Move to Amend organizers and other volunteers 
    • 20-30 minutes during a week day (between 9am-5pm ET) for the meeting with your Representative and/or a member of their staff (to be scheduled by their office)

    Can we count you in to join the meeting?

    Sign up

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