Hi, I'm Thom Hartmann, author and progressive political commentator. Many of you know me from my nationally syndicated radio show, the Thom Hartmann Program.
I'm also a long time supporter of Move to Amend! Please join with me in supporting their work to pass a Constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and get big money out of politics.
As we leave 2023, the Movement to Amend remains strong and steady, and poised to weather yet another chaotic and distracting election season, in a climate of reactionary attacks on marginalized groups and mass uprisings of people’s movements, and the increasingly corrupt neoliberal/conservative establishment that I report on daily.
And Move to Amend, well...this movement is giving me a reason to hope. Amid all of the chaos, fear, and uncertainty -- the committed and passionate group of activists managed to end 2023 with 74 #WeThePeopleAmendment cosponsors in the House -- and we are only halfway through the 118th Congress!
I remain hopeful about the future because of groups like Move to Amend. Working with a committed and passionate group of folks who understand the changes needed in the U.S. is rare, and something that I am incredibly proud to support.
For over a decade, I have used my position in the media to help push for an end to “corporate personhood” and for the cause that Move to Amend leads across the country. Because I, like you, understand that corporate constitutional rights are standing in the way of every movement’s success -- from environmental justice and climate collapse, to the for-profit prison system and endless wars -- and we can’t win as long as these corporations and special interest groups have more rights and resources than we do.
I can tell you a hundred ways the #WeThePeopleAmendment would transform our system, but I know you won’t read an email that long. So, instead, I'm asking YOU to take action today and help Move to Amend move forward and continue the work by donating today.
Move to Amend is the one group confronting corporate personhood head on and winning. Move to Amend needs to raise $80,000 to end 2023 in the black -- please join me in supporting this critical people's movement.
Thanks to a generous donor, all donations up to 25,000 will be matched.
No one else is doing the work Move to Amend does. They're building a multiracial, intergenerational, cross-class movement through community education, barnstorming tours, movement education, direct action, alliance and coalition building, passing hundreds of ballot initiatives and resolutions in support of the #WeThePeopleAmendment, and getting candidates’ support on record through the #PledgeToAmend campaign.
The Move to Amend analysis is spot on: Our problem is a structural one and requires a structural fix. Chipping away at the edges of corporate political spending is not going to change the hundreds of ways corporations are allowed by law to overrule human and community self-determination.
Many groups talking about “corporate personhood” are only working on the money in politics angle. History teaches us that’s nowhere near enough. The campaign finance system was already broken before Citizens United, so merely reversing the decision won’t actually fix the problem. The problem is corporations with 1st, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendment rights, coupled with limited liability and other benefits. We must end corporate constitutional rights once and for all. Then the two major parties will offer up candidates people actually want to vote for, instead of perpetually voting out of fear.
I’ve supported Move to Amend since the very beginning -- and I intend to keep it up. It’s one of the best investments in democracy I’ve ever made. Please join with me in supporting this critical work.
And remember, if you give before December 31st your contribution will be matched up to $25,000!
As we brace for the year ahead, Move to Amend is a light in these dark times. By engaging and empowering the real sovereigns of this nation—We the People—Move to Amend is providing a path forward which will ultimately deliver the promise of American democracy.
Hatred and oppression or real transformative democracy? It’s a no-brainer.
Please contribute to Move to Amend today!
Yours in the movement to amend,
p.s. Each year I help Move to Amend raise nearly 1/3 of their annual budget in the final month of the year, and this year is no exception. If they don't make their goal it would be a real tragedy and setback for the democracy movement -- please join me in donating to Move to Amend today!