We the People Dispatch: Minnesota State Fair Success

September 9, 2002

We the People Dispatch

Contents of this Newsletter:

  • Minnesota State Fair:  Success Report
  • We the People bill (SF2038 / HF2701) at the Minnesota Legislature 
    • Amendment on a Stick Delivery
  • HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill) Introduced in Congress
    • Constituent Communication is Democracy in Action
  • Help Expand our Base
    • Make It Known - Democracy is a Human Right
  • Local Affiliate Meetings
    • Minneapolis Area
    • Lakes Area (North Central)
    • Saint Paul Area
    • Duluth Area
    • SE MN (Rochester & Winona) Area
  • Adopt the Move to Amend Resolution - Become an Endorsing Organization
  • Endorsing Organizations have Adopted the Move to Amend Resolution

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Minnesota State Fair:  Success Report

ACTION 1:  Continue the momentum.  Ask friends and relatives to sign the petition at https://movetoamend.org

ACTION 2:  Email minnesota [at] movetoamend.org to let us know you want to learn more, get involved or want specific information.

A committed team of volunteers had a very fulfilling time at the Great Minnesota Get Together.  The conversations with people from around the state confirmed that the mission of Move to Amend has broad support. 

Eight hundred seventy-nine (879) people added their name to the petition to affirm that “We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”

The Amendment on a Stick asks Minnesota State Senators and Representatives to cosponsor the bills introduced last year by Senator John Mary and Representative Raymond Dehn.  There were 938 completed.  See the next article to learn how to assist in delivering them.

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We the People bills (SF2038 / HF2701) at the Minnesota Legislature

Amendment on a Stick Delivery

ACTION:  Join in delivering the Amendments on a Stick.  Email minnesota [at] movetoamend.org to let us know your interest.  Type “Delivery Team’ in the subject line.

The Amendments on a Stick were a hit at the Minnesota State Fair.  We got together with SEIU at the AFL-CIO booth and offered our version of the state fair theme.  938 people have asked us to deliver to their state senator and representative this message.

Call on Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment stating:

  1. The rights protected by the Constitution of the United State are the rights of natural persons only.
  2. Money contributed and spent in campaigns is not a First Amendment free speech right therefore can be regulated and must be disclosed.

Please champion HF2701 (MN House)  SF2038 (MN Senate).

Make Minnesota the 21st state to make this request of Congress.

Now we will be delivering them and this is where you come in.  We would like at least one constituent to be part of each delivery team.  Let us know if you would like to be part of a team.

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HJR48 (We the People Amendment bill) Introduced in US Congress

Constituent Communication is Democracy in Action

ACTION:  Thank Representatives McCollum, Omar, Craig and Phillips.  Ask Rep Stauber, Peterson, Emmer, Hagedorn to become cosponsors of HJR48.

ACTION:  Ask Senators Smith and Klobuchar to join with other US Senators to introduce a companion bill to HJR48 (House Joint Resolution 48).

Click for links to their contact information.   

  • Message to Representative McCollum:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents and am so pleased that you have again cosponsored the We the People Amendment bill (HJR48).   I’m pleased you are the first cosponsor named.  Thank you!
  • Message to Representatives Omar, Craig, Phillips:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I learned that you have become a cosponsor of HJR48, the We the People Amendment bill.  Thank so much.
  • Message to Representatives Petersen, Hagedorn, Emmer and Stauber:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do through their voices.  Therefore I support the We the People Amendment bill.  Please cosponsor HJR48.
  • Message to Senators Smith and Klobuchar:  Hello, I’m ____, one of your constituents.  I am concerned about the influence that outside and undisclosed money has on our elections.  I am concerned that big corporations and unions have more influence through their money than human beings do through their voices.  Therefore I support HJR48, the We the People Amendment bill.  Please work with other senators to get a companion bill introduced in the Senate.

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Help Expand the Base 

Make It Known - Democracy is a Human Right

“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis, former Supreme Court Justice.

Any movement starts with people voicing their concern, making a commitment and joining other similarly concerned neighbors.

We have Move to Amenders in every House and Senate District in Minnesota which demonstrates the widespread concern people have about our democracy.   You can help us double the number by asking people in your community to sign the petition.

There are 3 ways people can sign the petition that says –

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights

ACTION: 

1)   Text AMEND to 38470 or
2)   Sign the petition online at movetoamend.org or
3)   Print this form and get 4 people to sign the petition.

You can help gather signatures in support of the petition statement.  It is the best way to educate the public.  Community festivals, political rallies, farmers' markets, grocery stores, film screenings, picnics of local organizations, and other local events can provide good opportunities for outreach.

To learn more about Move to Amend go to https://movetoamend.org

For help and more information about the efforts in Minnesota, please email Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org

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Local Affiliate Events

ACTION:  Attend an Affiliate Event.  Receive affiliate Facebook posts.

MINNEAPOLIS AREA:  Help make democracy an issue.

DATES:  September 12, 2019 (2nd Thursday each month)
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
PLACE:  Grace-Trinity Community Church (in Library)
ADDRESS: 1430 West 28th Street, Minneapolis , MN 55408

The church is located one-half block west of the corner of Hennepin Avenue South and West 28th Street. FREE parking is across the street from the church on the west side of the parking lot. 

Contact: Debbie at minneapolis [at] movetoamend.org

 

LAKES AREA:

DATE: September 17, 2019 (3rd Tuesday each month)
TIME: 5:00 social time; 6:00 pm meeting
PLACE: Sage on Laurel
ADDRESS: 606 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact: Roger at brainerd [at] movetoamend.org

 

SAINT PAUL AREA:

Our Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series will resume in September

DATE:  September 23, 2019  (4th Monday)
TIME:  6:00-6:30 social time;  6:30-8:30 pm program and discussion
PLACE:  West 7th Mississippi Market
ADDRESS:   1500 W 7th Street, St Paul, MN  55102

Fall (Sep-Nov) Discussion Topics but not necessarily in this order: 

  • For-Profit Prisons
  • Negotiating Partnerships
  • Equity in the Food System

Contact: Becky at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org

Buy your meal and gather in the meeting room at 6 pm.

Pre-register at saintpaul [at] movetomaned.org to receive readings in advance of the discussion.  Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line. This is not necessary but will be helpful for your participation.

 

DULUTH AREA:  Contact Barbara at duluth [at] movetoamend.org

 

SE MN (Rochester & Winona) Area:  Contact Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org

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Adopt the Move to Amend Resolution - Become an Endorsing Organization

ACTION:  Find the resolution and instructions here.

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Endorsing Organizations - Adopted the Move to Amend Resolution

Peace:  Anti-War Committee  *  Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW)  *  GlobalSolutionsMN.org  *  Grandmothers for Peace – Twin Cities  *  Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers  *  Twin Cities Peace Campaign  *  Veterans for Peace Chapter 27  *  Women Against Military Madness

Democracy:  Ecology Democracy Network  *  Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections

Environment:  The Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities (3CTC)  *  Minnesota Pachamama Community  * MN 350  *  Organic Consumer Association  *  Community Power

Faith Communities:  Macalester Plymouth United Church  *  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth  *  Oak Grove Presbyterian Church  *  St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church  *  The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area

Labor:  MN AFL-CIO  & MN AFL-CIO Retiree Council  *  Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO  * SEIU Minnesota State Council

Health:  MN Citizens Federation NE

Legal/Human Rights:  National Lawyers Guild of Minnesota  *  Winona Human Rights Commission  *  NAACP, Duluth, MN Branch  *  Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial, Inc. * Richfield Social Justice Community

Business:  Progpen Consulting, Inc

Other:  Edina Indivisible Minnesota  *  Indivisible I (International) Falls  *  Minnesota chapter of the Progressive Independent Party  *  N.E. Metro Progressives  *  Occupy Saint Paul

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