As the infamous anniversary of the Patriot Act approaches on October 26th, we are reminded of the civil liberties that most Americans lost in the name of national security.
While we must always be vigilant against threats, it's equally important to scrutinize the internal threats to our democracy. At Move to Amend, we believe it's time to address a pressing issue - the unchecked power and influence of corporations in our society.
Today, we invite you to stand with us and be a part of the solution.
The USA PATRIOT Act was hastily passed in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. With little debate and amid a climate of fear, this sweeping legislation granted unprecedented powers to law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism. While its intent was to enhance national security, it has come at a substantial cost to our civil liberties.
Erosion of Civil Liberties
One of the most significant concerns with the PATRIOT Act is the erosion of privacy rights. The law granted the government broad surveillance powers, which allowed for the collection of massive amounts of personal data without the need for a warrant. The abuse of these powers, including unwarranted mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, raised serious questions about the balance between security and personal freedom.
Additionally, the PATRIOT Act has been criticized for its provisions that infringe on the rights of due process. Measures like "sneak and peek" warrants, which allow law enforcement to search homes and seize property without immediately notifying the individual, have raised concerns about government overreach.
The Chilling Effect on Free Speech
Freedom of speech and the right to dissent are cornerstones of a healthy democracy. However, the PATRIOT Act has had a chilling effect on these fundamental rights. Activists, journalists, and everyday citizens have been deterred from exercising their right to speak out, as they fear potential government surveillance and repercussions.
While Americans suffered these losses, corporations remained largely unaffected and, in some cases, benefited from these civil liberties restrictions. Corporate interests have continued to hold disproportionate sway in our political system, influencing policies and legislation to their advantage. It's time to address this imbalance.
The Solution: Pass HJR 54 - The We the People Amendment
Today, we invite you to stand with us and be a part of the solution. Sign, then share our petition to pass HJR 54 - The We the People Amendment, which aims to End Corporate Rule and Legalize Democracy. This constitutional amendment is a vital step towards restoring power to the people and ensuring that our democracy is truly of, by, and for the people.
Share the Petition: Join us in calling for the passage of HJR 54. Your voice matters, and together, we can make a difference.
Also, consider maybe helping us add more people to our base by creating your personalized link and then sharing it via email, text, or social media. Everyone who signs the petition from your link will be credited to you.
And, if you are ready to hit the streets, you can also collect signatures on our Motion to Amend petition.
Support Our Cause: To continue the vital work needed to grow the movement to pass HJR 54, we need your financial support. Your contributions will enable us to reach more people, build momentum, and challenge corporate influence in our country.
Your financial support ensures that we can continue to work tirelessly towards passing H.J.R. 54, the We the People Amendment, and challenging corporate rule.
Thank you for your commitment to a more just and equitable democracy.