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THE NATION: Students active leaders in fight to oppose WI budget "repair' bill

February 15, 2011
Sara Jerving

Protests have engulfed the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where students are standing against a proposed bill that threatens teacher's unions. The outcries come as the state's new Republican Governor Scott Walker announced a plan to end collective bargaining for most of the state's 175,000 public employees.

HIGHTOWER: Top 4 Victories Handed to Corporate America by the Supreme Court -- So Far

February 16, 2011
Jim Hightower

"Judicial activism" is way too tame a phrase for what Chief Justice Roberts & Co did here. This was a coup -- a plotted overthrow to enthrone corporate political interests. 

WA STATE: Introduces Resolution Calling for a Constitutional Amendment Against Corporate Personhood

February 18, 2011
bobbievee

On February 16th, 2011 Washington State Senator Adam Kline (D) introduced a resolution (SJM 8007) calling on Congress to adopt a Constitutional Amendment to ensure that corporations do not have the same rights as people.

The state Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to take up this issue yesterday (February 17, 2011).

If you wish to urge the committee members to pass this resolution to end corporate personhood which is destroying our democracy, please call them and voice your opinion.

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The full text of this resolution can be read here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Joi...

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VERMONT: Resolution Calling to Amend the Constitution Banning Corporate Personhood Introduced in State Legislature

February 22, 2011
Christopher Ketcham

January 21, VERMONT - A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense.

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RICHMOND, CA: City Council Votes to Adopt Resolution Calling for Constitutional Amendment to End Corporate Personhood

March 2, 2011
Christopher Connelly

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Councilmember Jovanka Beckles proposed a resolution to urge the federal government to pass a constitutional amendment limiting the role of corporations in elections. It was passed unanimously.

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New Video Resource: The Story of Citizens United v. FEC

March 3, 2011
Story of Stuff

This short cartoon by the folks at Story of Stuff gives a good history of why corporations have so much power and what it does to our democracy.

We think the solution suggested at the end needs to go further - unless an amendment campaign sets forth to abolish ALL corporate constitutional rights (they just talk about the 1st Amendment in this video) we won't have made a whole ton of progress.

But this is a great way to start the discussion...

Money Changes Everything: Move to Amend wants to Restrict Corporate Donations

March 9, 2011
Jay Stolkin

In the 14 months since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision overturned restrictions and allowed for unlimited corporate spending in campaigns for elections, the political landscape of America already has dramatically changed.

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: Vermont Says ‘No’ to Citizens United

March 10, 2011
Senator Bernie Sanders

Citizens at Town Meeting in Montpelier, VT on March 5, 2011Last Saturday, I held a town meeting in Montpelier, Vt., to discuss the disastrous Supreme Court ruling of last year which upended our democracy by unleashing a tsunami of corporate spending in our elections. The Citizens United ruling has radically changed our democracy -- further tilting the balance of power toward corporate America.

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Video of the meeting:

PART ONE

PART TWO

MINNESOTA: Bill Introduced to Amend State Constitution to Define ‘Natural Persons’ as Human Beings

March 16, 2011
Andy Birkey

Minnesota state capitol.Following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, Minnesota Democrats are proposing a constitutional amendment to define an individual as a “natural person.” The 2010 ruling gave corporations certain rights as “persons” and allowed them to engage in new levels of political activity. Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis said the DFL bill is aimed at curtailing the idea that corporate entities have the same rights as human beings.

Ft. Bragg, CA Passes Resolution in Support of Constitutional Amendment!

March 29, 2011
Move to Amend

Last night, the Fort Bragg (CA) City Council passed the attached resolution calling for a Constitutional Amendment to ban corporate personhood. All of the council members present voted for it, one member was absent.

For more information contact Jim Tarbell or Tom Wodetzki.

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Click here to see our map of communities that have passed, or are working to pass, resolutions against Corporate Personhood:
http://movetoamend.org/resolutions-map

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Madison and Dane County WI Voters Support Constitutional Amendment

April 6, 2011

Last night voters in Madison, WI and Dane County, WI voted on two seperate resolutions to support a United States Constitutional Amendment that would declare that only human beings are entitled to Constitutional rights.

In Madison, WI voters approved the following language by 84%:

"Shall the City of Madison adopt the following resolution: RESOLVED, the City of Madison, Wisconsin, calls for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate influence by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:

1. Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights, and

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On May 3rd our monthly Local Action Webinar topic will be "Passing Community Resolutions" and we'll be looking at the WI resolution campaign as our case study. Register for the webinar here.

If you're interested in passing a resolution in your town, click here.

Check out our map of towns and cities that have passed resolutions or ordinances against Corporate Personhood.

MAY 20-25: Move to Amend Public Speaking Tour in Colorado

April 25, 2011
Move to Amend

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring Colorado giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule."  This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

Cobb is an organizer and national spokesman for MoveToAmend.org, a coalition of over 100,000 people and organizations whose goal is to amend the United States Constitution to end corporate rule and legalize democracy.

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If you're interested in bring a Move to Amend speaker to your community, please contact us.

Supreme Court Allows Contracts That Prohibit Class-Action Arbitration

April 27, 2011
Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON — Businesses may use standard-form contracts to forbid consumers claiming fraud from banding together in a single arbitration, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a 5-to-4 decision that split along ideological lines.

Though the decision concerned arbitrations, it appeared to provide businesses with a way to avoid class-action lawsuits in court. All they need do, the decision suggested, is use standard-form contracts that require two things: that disputes be raised only through the informal mechanism of arbitration and that claims be brought one by one.

Target Donation Dispute Fades, But New Controversy Over Corporate Contributions Certain in 2012 Elections

April 29, 2011
Jay Weiner
Was Target punished -- fairly or unfairly -- for its donation to a legal campaign group that backed seven candidates?
Was Target punished -- fairly or unfairly -- for its donation to a legal campaign group that backed seven candidates?

Unexpectedly Robust Turnout at University Forum on Citizens United v. FEC

May 3, 2011
Kansas City Move to Amend

On April 21, 2011, KC Move to Amend and the Department of Economics at University of Missouri-Kansas City cosponsored a public forum titled: "The Citizens United Ruling in Perspective."

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Watch for future event hosted by KC Move To Amend: www.KCMoveToAmend.org

William K. Black on Bill Moyer’s Journal, 2009: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04032009/watch.html

BRADBLOG.COM: WI's Supreme Court Election 'Recount' is a Mess

May 3, 2011
Brad Friedman

Wisconsin is no Minnesota.

Where Minnesota's post-election hand count of the 2008 U.S. Senate election between then Sen. Norm Coleman and now Sen. Al Franken was, as we wrote at the UK's Guardian at the time, "one of the longest and most transparent election hand-counts in the history of the US," Wisconsin has made it extremely difficult (putting it nicely) to know what the hell is actually going on in their statewide "recount" of the April 5th, 2011 state Supreme Court election between Justice David Prosser and Asst. Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.

BREAKING: Legislative committee recommends cuts to WI Arts Board

May 6, 2011
Patti Wenzel
news photo

The Joint Finance Committee voted today to end the independent agency status of the Wisconsin Arts Board, moving the oversight of arts to the Tourism Board. The proposal will now go before the State Assembly and Senate for final approval as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011-13 biennial budget. The vote was along party lines with 14 Republicans voting in favor and four Democrats voting against.

The committee did restore some of the cuts Walker proposed, returning over $350,000 to the agency over the next two years. The Board was facing a drop from $3 million to $750,000; now it will have just over $1 million in the next budget period.

The JFC also reversed Walker by allowing the Arts Board the autonomy to select its own executive director in the future.

JUNE 11-19: Move to Amend Public Speaking Tour in Oregon

May 26, 2011

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring Oregon giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule." This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! David will also be offering three day-long "Organizing Training" workshops in Corvallis, Eugene and Portland. No past experience is neccesary to attend.

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If you're interested in bring a Move to Amend speaker to your community, please contact us.

Report from Colorado Tour

May 30, 2011
Stephen Justino, MTA CO State Coordinator

David Cobb’s speaking tour in Colorado, from May 20-25, 2011, was an unqualified success. 

David gave his riveting presentation, Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule," in Denver, Boulder, Thornton, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins.  

David’s lectures were well attended (ranging from a small, but focused crowd, of 25 people in Pueblo, to a “standing room only” crowd of 60 people in Denver, to over 100 people at the Boulder Unity Church!), and his message well received, everywhere he went.  With spirited, thoughtful, Q & A sessions, David’s presentations often lasted close to two hours.  

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For more information about the work we're doing in Colorado check out the Colorado Move to Amend Network's website: http://www.democracyunincorporated.com/

Oregon Tour Report: Move To Amend is on the Move!

June 20, 2011
Move to Amend

 

Move to Amend spokesperson David Cobb and Field Support Liaison Margaret Koster of Democracy Unlimited barnstormed across the state of Oregon from June 12 to 20.

The “anchor” stops were two full day training sessions—one in Eugene and another in Portland.  These participatory workshops are designed to provide folks with the concrete tools needed to challenge the corporate control of our political, economic and legal institutions.

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If you want to help organizing a Move to Amend affiliate in your community, call us at 707-269-0984

Supreme Court Sides With Wal-Mart In Sex Bias Case

June 20, 2011

Supreme Court Walmart RulingWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation's biggest companies.

Drug Prescription Data Mining Cleared By Supreme Court

June 24, 2011
Nicole Lewis

A Vermont Law that forbade using prescription information collected by pharmacies for marketing purposes was declared unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds.

The Supreme Court handed pharmaceutical companies and data mining firms a victory on Thursday when it struck down a Vermont law that banned the use of prescription information collected by pharmacies for marketing purposes.

In the case, Sorrell v. IMS Health, No. 10-779, the Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 majority decision and ruled that the law interfered with the pharmaceutical industry's First Amendment right to market its products.

WDC warns of a "creeping fascism" in GOP backed bill to eliminate campaign finance transparency

June 24, 2011
Mike McCabe

[Update on 9/12/11- The Assembly will be begin disucssing this issue directly (AB196) beginning September 13th, 2011.  See this link for a schedule of the Assembly's upcoming buisensss]

After exterminating any and all public election financing in the state budget and thus handing state elections over entirely to private interests, legislators took steps this week to make it harder for the public to see how special interests are funneling money into political advertising campaigns.

Supreme Court's Latest Sabotage of Democratic Process -- Are Only Wealthy Corporations Supposed to Have a Say in Our Government?

June 28, 2011
Steven Rosenfeld

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court¹s reigning conservative majority issued yet another campaign finance decision where it narrowed the options for campaigns and candidates to run for office without relying on the largesse of wealthy people and institutions.

6/30/11 Field Organizing Report

June 30, 2011
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Move to Amend is ON THE MOVE!

We've had tremendous growth and success in the past month and I want to share some of our highlights with you...

Movement Seeks Amendment to Curb Corporate Political Power

July 13, 2011
Glenn Wojciak

Corporations are not people. Vanessa Fields (left), Carolyn Boyes and Gene Kraus prepare for a presentation on the Move to Amend movement at the Medina Library.

So say members of a growing grass roots organization called the Move to Amend campaign which has set the ambitious goal of amending the U.S. Constitution in order to curb corporate influence over politics.

BOULDER WEEKLY: Say No to Corporate Personhood

July 15, 2011
Pamela White

On Tuesday, July 19, Boulder City Council will hear from members of Boulder Move to Amend, who are asking council members to place a measure on the November 2011 ballot that would call for the abolition of “corporate personhood” — the granting of constitutional rights to corporations as if they were people — and the notion that money is a form of speech. Let’s hope City Council is listening.

RELEASE: As faith in system crumbles, organizers to announce launch of new U.S. Democracy Movement

August 1, 2011
Liberty Tree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ August 1, 2011

As faith in U.S. political system hits historic lows, organizers announce that
LAUNCH OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT WILL BE AUGUST 24-28 IN MADISON, WISCONSIN

(MADISON, WI) ~ The eyes of the nation will return to Madison, Wisconsin, August 24-28, as nearly 1,000 community, labor, and student organizers gather at the first Democracy Convention to launch a movement to bring democracy to the United States.

Cheri Honkala to keynote Democracy Convention

August 1, 2011
Liberty Tree
Cheri Honkala photo

With the Democracy Convention beginning in 23 days, we are please to announce our second keynote speaker: Cheri Honkala. She joins Tom Hayden and Michelle Shocked in headlining five days of celebration, strategy, and community-building. 

AUGUST 3-18: Move to Amend Public Speaking Tour in New York, Jersey & Delaware

August 3, 2011

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring New York, New Jersey and Delaware giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule." This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

Cobb is an organizer and national spokesman for MoveToAmend.org, a coalition of over 123,000 people and organizations whose goal is to amend the United States Constitution to end corporate rule and legalize democracy.

All events are open to the general public. Click the red links below for more info.

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If you're interested in bring a Move to Amend speaker to your community, please contact us.

Voter Intimidation and Surveillance In Wisconsin

August 6, 2011
Noise of Rain

Imagine that you are a new voter. Perhaps you aren't too clear on all the rules, the picture I.D. thing, even what you are supposed to do in the voter's booth. But by God, you're going to do it. You are going to become a voter! And you do. You accept a ride to the polls in a van driven by Wisconsin Jobs Now as part of their GOTV campaign in your underrepresented neighborhood. You are not letting the rightwing pundits, politicians and policies silence your voice. You are a Voter!

FOR YOUR EARS ONLY: "Democracy, U.S.A."

August 7, 2011
David Alpern & Kathryn Herzog

Ben Manski discusses the 2011 Democracy Convention with "For Your Ears Only." To download this radio interview, see: http://gatewave.org/sites/gatewave.org/files/fyeo/fyeo_110807_complete.mp3 . . . Or listen online at http://gatewave.org/fyeo/lineup/110807

Segment comes on at 19:30 . . .

IV. DEMOCRACY, U.S.A.

Ben Manski, Executive Director, Liberty Tree Foundation, Democracy Convention chairman

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Thom Hartmann & David Cobb: Fighting Back Against Corporate Personhood

August 10, 2011

Radio talk show host Thom Hartmann speaks to David Cobb, Attorney / Green Party candidate for President in 2004 / spokesperson for MoveToAmend.org. They examine how legislation has given corporations people's rights.

 

Thom Hartmann & Ben Manski: Fighting Back Against Citizens United

August 10, 2011

Radio talk show host Thom Hartmann meets Ben Manski, Chair-Democracy Convention / Executive Director of Liberty Tree / Spokesperson for Move to Amend. They show us how to fight back against plutocrats who want to buy elected officials.
 

Hartmann: Long Live the Oligarchy! & How to Fight Back With Move to Amend

August 11, 2011

David Cobb, MoveToAmend.org joins Thom Hartmann.

America is now - demonstrably, as proven by Wisconsin - just a few years away from the possibility of a totally corrupted, totally billionaire - and corporate-controlled political system Political scientists call it oligarchy.

The Citizens United election experiment is over - and the oligarchs won. Long live the oligarchy. But before settling into despair - and accepting that American democracy is lost - we need to first ask the question..."is there anything that 'we the people' can do to fight back?"

John Nichols discusses the significance of the August 9th recalls

August 15, 2011
John Nichols

Five months to the day after the Republican majority in the Wisconsin state Senate voted to approve Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees, two of the governor’s most prominent allies in the chamber have been removed from office.

Western Wisconsin state Sen. Dan Kapanke and eastern Wisconsin Sen. Randy Hopper were both defeated in recall elections that provided a powerful indication of the state’s anger with Walker’s assault on worker rights.

Boulder City Council Votes to Put Move to Amend Resolution on November Ballot

August 17, 2011

BOULDER, CO - Just days after Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney angered attendees at the Iowa State Fair by declaring that “corporations are people,” the court-created doctrine of “corporate personhood” is once again making headlines.

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Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, kaitlin@MoveToAmend.org, (707) 362-0626 (NATIONAL)

Carolyn Bninksi, carolynbn@earthlink.net, (720) 509-3378 (BOULDER)

WDC: Voters act to rein in extremism

August 17, 2011
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Wisconsin voters have shown time and time again that they are not extremists. Voters in largely Republican areas of the state sent a message in recent days that the actions of those in charge of state government have been too extreme by voting for greater moderation.

In unprecedented state senate recall elections, the number of legislators removed from office in this manner over the 163-year history of Wisconsin was doubled in a single summer. A third of Republican senators targeted for recall were ousted, while two others narrowly survived election-day scares. All three of the targeted Democratic senators were returned to office by comfortable margins.