Move to Amend Reports Features Wisconsin Move to Amend This Week

October 30, 2014

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This week features Wisconsin Move to Amenders Mary Laan and George Penn to talk with us about ballot initiatives in 12 Wisconsin communities where voters will decide whether to amend the Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech. 

Mary Laan is a nationally certified Physician Assistant, but started working on amending the U.S. Constitution soon after she retired early, in 2007. She left the medical field primarily because she felt medicine was being influenced too much by financial considerations, big business, and the wrong people running the show. After Mary heard an organizer from Madison Move to Amend group speak at a Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Meeting in Milwaukee, she knew she had to join the movement to amend the Constitution, and help restore it to its original, intended meaning. Mary is now the co-chair of South Eastern Wisconsin Move to Amend.

George Penn is a retired Nuclear Engineer and Energy Consultant. He retired immediately upon finding the Move To Amend movement to reclaim our democracy. His industry, like most others, is both being co-opted and degraded by the moneyed corporations. George is a member of the South Central Wisconsin MTA affiliate and team leader for the Outreach team (which helps communities throughout WI implement referenda for the MTA amendment) and the Volunteer team (which is trying to build the movement in WI.) George is also working with the national MTA Interfaith Caucus – working to get organizations of faith to pass resolutions as well. The statewide effort, Wisconsin Move To Amend (WIMTA), has a vast array of useful tools on its website for supporters and affiliate organizers across the country to “borrow” to make their work more efficient. George encourages any affiliate organizer with questions to call him to help with understanding the use of these tools at 608-244-6436 or geo_penn [at]

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