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ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate Any Amendment Must Include Corporate Personhood! | Move to Amend

Senate Joint Resolution 19 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, but it doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights at all.

Move to Amend has vowed that we will not support any halfway measures that don’t amend the Constitution in two necessary ways:

  1. Make clear that only human beings, not corporations have Constitutional rights;
  2. Make clear that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.

Tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation have been building a grassroots movement over the past four years from the bottom up. This movement came from everyday people taking this issue to their city governments, to town meeting debates, to candidate forums, to newspaper opinion pages, and to the ballot box directly. Nearly 600 cities and towns have now passed amendment resolutions.

Polling shows 80% of the American public believes that corporations should not have the same rights as people. State legislatures have been pressured to stand up as well, with 16 states passing resolutions calling for an amendment. “Ending Corporate Personhood” was a major theme in the demands that came from Occupy encampments across the country.

The plan is that this amendment will get a vote in the Senate this year – before election season. We cannot allow a proposal that doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights to get traction – the amendment must match the demand of our movement: “A Corporation is Not a Person! Money is Not Free Speech!”

Fill out this form to send a message to the authors of SJR19 – let them know that Corporate Personhood MUST be included in the language of the amendment.

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Move To Amend hits a Milestone

Published on Jul 2, 2013

Thom Hartmann talks with David Cobb, National Spokesperson, Move to Amend
Website: MoveToAmend.org , about the group’s latest accomplishments and the Constitutional Convention process.

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May 10 Day of Action Against Corporate Personhood

ACTIVE

Friday, May 10, 2013 to Saturday, May 11, 2013

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ACTION ON MAY 10.

When the Supreme Court decided for corporations in theCitizens United v. FEC case, it elevated knowledge of the doctrine of “corporate personhood” to new heights. Hundreds of thousands of people now know what those words mean.

But as awful as Citizens United is, corporate personhood wasn’t created with that case. Corporate Personhood was concocted by corporate lawyers 127 years ago.

On May 10, 1886 in the Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad case, the Court is said to have given corporations their first foothold in the Constitution.

In the case, corporations argued they are protected under the 14th amendment — the amendment passed to ensure equal protection of African Americans after slavery was abolished. Since then, there has beencase after case in which the Court expanded the Constitutional “rights” of corporations.

This year and last Move to Amend volunteers held protests on the anniversary of Citizens United. But as you know, Move to Amend is about going to the root of the problem, not just that one case. Our We the People Amendment will not only overturn Citizens United, it will get corporations out of the Constitution altogether, and make clear that money is not free speech.

This year, on the 127th “birthday” of corporate persons, Move to Amend activists will be displaying freeway banners all over the nation.

Let’s get some attention! Doesn’t matter if your town is big or small, as long as there is a road going through it, we need your help with this totally legal action!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ACTION ON MAY 10.

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Hell Yeah.

“While voting in the Irish marriage equality referendum yesterday it occured to me how much the United States could learn from Ireland about democracy.

First was the fact that this was a refrendum on changing our constitution, making that document a living, adaptable thing capable of change, growth and development. Contrast that with the rigidity of the US constitution, ever-fixed, unchanging and worshipped on it’s historical pedestal and incapable of progression within the current US politcal climate.

That political climate is also a major difference between Irish and US democracy. Ireland’s campaining and campaign-finance laws made this a fair competition, with both sides having fair access to the media and with special interests minimised. Perhaps as a result (and with a few, minor, exceptions), Ireland’s marriage referendum was conducted in an air of civility, respect and even humour, not just in the media, but in Facebook conversations and Twitter feeds. America can learn from this.

Finally, I was impressed by how easy and fair it is to vote in Ireland. Registration is easy and heavily promoted without regard to party, and even if you’re not registered you can just swear an oath that you’re elegible. There are almost no lineups at polling stations (media reported that SOME stations had lineups to the door at peak times). Everybody has access to the counts where votes are counted.

The ‘greatest country in the world’ could learn from this example.” GC

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/world/europe/ireland-gay-marriage-referendum.html

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A Brief History of White Privilege, Racism and Oppression in America | Legalize Democracy excerpt

Published on Oct 17, 2013

Watch the full documentary Legalize Democracy herehttp://youtu.be/PDaPMU8LbIY

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Legalize Democracy
a film by Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Executive Producers
Pamela Brown
Daniel Lee
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Egberto Willies

Produced by
AJ Russo and Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Cinematographers
Messiah Rhodes
Paul Westlake

Color, Titles, and Graphics 
AJ Russo

Original score 
Goldi

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Tom Hutten

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Arthur Louis


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We Need A Democracy Movement To Fix This Shit

Published on Jan 17, 2014

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As the late populist and journalist Molly Ivins once said: “It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.”

Extending those liberties and constitutional protections to corporations is antithetical to the principles of Democracy. While the Supreme Court has been slowly granting rights of persons to corporation for over 100 years, the phrase “Corporate Personhood” entered the popular lexicon soon after the January 21, 2010 Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Case. 

The group Move To Amend saw the Citizens United decision coming, and formed in the fall of 2009. 

When I began working with Move To Amend on the documentary we ended up calling Legalize Democracy (which will premiere on Free Speech TV January 21st at 9pm), I was outraged by this concept, still newly minted in my brain, of corporate personhood.

I mean, when corporations are f*cking people the fact is that corporations are going to f*ck people. 

Excuse my French. 

Growing up in these United States of America, we were taught that we had hit the “where-were-you-born?” lotto jackpot; that the United States of America was operating with the greatest form of government in the world. After all, if “We the people” rule and our government failed to serve the greater good, well, then our representative form of democracy enabled us to simply vote in representatives who would act in our better interests. 

That seems great in theory, but in practice it is a lie. 

At the time of Constitution was ratified, “we the people”, did not include the overwhelming majority of the PEOPLE. 

We the people did not include women. 

It did not include men who did not own property. 

It did not include the Native population, who were living on the land we call the United States long before the founding fathers committed genocide against them and justified it under the perverse notion we still teach our schoolchildren called Manifest Destiny. 

It would not, until very recently, include the people brought here in shackles, and upon whose backs the wealth and power of this nation were built. 

In fact, “we the people”, when this country was founded only meant about 5% of the population.

For these reasons, and more, I believe that we need a Democracy Movement to fix this shit!, and that is what Move To Amend is: a single campaign within a larger Democracy movement. Our work won’t end after we bring about an amendment to the constitution that clearly states that corporations are not people and that money does not equal political speech. 

That is just one step – a very big step I’ll admit- but still just one step in the big D Democracy movement march. 

Join us. 


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If corporations are people, can we...

…tax them at household rates (bring it),
…recommend them for counseling,
…sentence them to community service,
…mandate invasive diagnostic procedures when they cut jobs or sell off divisions?

Feel free to add to this list.

Why Move to Amend Centralizes the Work of Dismantling Racism

Why Move to Amend Centralizes the Work of Dismantling Racism

https://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/mta-whywecentralizerace.pdf

Why Abolish All Corporate Constitutional Rights

https://movetoamend.org/why-abolish-all-corporate-constitutional-rights

Why We Need a Democracy Movement

 https://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/mta-whyweneedademocracymovement.pdf

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Move to Amend - Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule, with David Cobb.

Event Announcement

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Move to Amend Barnstorming Event with David Cobb
Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb, attorney and lifelong activist, will be touring Northern & Central California this March & April, in an effort to build connections, inspire activism, and reveal the origins of corporate power in America.
Move to Amend is a national coalition of over 270,000 people and organizations whose goal is amending the United States Constitution to end corporate rule by building a multiracial, cross-class democracy movement. David’s presentations are part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! “Challenging Corporate Rule & Creating Democracy” aims to help local folks understand how they can work to abolish corporate personhood and establish a government of, by, and for the people.
This event is free and open to the public. We appreciate your donations to help us finance these tours, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Corte Madera Town Center
770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201 Community Room
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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Prof. Reich lays out the case for a constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United v. FEC and establish definitively that only people are people.