Local Action and Affiliation FAQs

April 4, 2011

Refer to these answers if you have questions about affiliating with Move to Amend or taking local action. If your question isn't answered below, please contact us.

  1. How can I connect with other people in my community already working on Move to Amend?
  2. I want to organize a Move to Amend group in my community, where do I begin?
  3. Are there recommended actions and campaigns to use to promote Move to Amend?
  4. What promotional resources (brochures, posters, stickers) are available?
  5. I have MTA-related resources (self-created or otherwise) that are not currently available on the website that I think might be helpful for others to have access to, what can I do with these?
  6. What should I do with signed petitions I have collected?
  7. How do I find out about the Move to Amend work that is being done in other locations across the country?
  8. I have a MTA-related event coming up, how do I post an event to the website and/or have event details sent out to petition signers in my area?
  9. I would like to have a Move to Amend speaker come to my area, how do I go about arranging this?
  10. What is a Move to Amend resolution, what is the purpose of working to get one passed and are there example resolutions available?
  11. How do I pass a resolution to abolish Corporate Personhood in my area?
  12. Where can I find a copy of the proposed amendment?
  13. What is the purpose of becoming a Move to Amend Affiliate?
  14. How do I start a Move to Amend Affiliate group?
  15. Can I have access to the contact information for petition signers in my area?
  16. How do I get my affiliate group’s details listed on my state’s information page?

How can I connect with other people in my community already working on Move to Amend?

First, check your state’s information page by using the drop-down menu on the right side under the heading “State-by-State Information”.  This page will list any events and news in your area, along with contact details for any local Move to Amend Affiliate groups.

Second, check out the resolution map to see if any resolutions have passed or are in the works near you. 

Third, contact us to see if we are aware of people working on Move to Amend in your area.

Fourth, check to see if any of the campaign co-organizers, key partners or endorsers have presence in your area. 

Lastly, it might be up to you to spread the word and gather people around the cause.  Check out our "Five Easy Steps to Get Started."

I want to organize a Move to Amend group in my community, where do I begin?

This website is full of helpful ideas on how to organize and build a movement in your community.  Probably the best places to start are "Five Easy Steps to Get Started." Also, please contact us if you have any questions.

Are there recommended actions and campaigns to use to promote Move to Amend?

Our main goals for 2011 are to increase popular awareness of this issue and to pass local resolutions within organizations and local communities in order to put pressure on elected officials at the local, state and national levels and grow the movement. 

The Local Action Toolkit includes a section “Actions & Campaigns” that provides many ideas and resources, as does the Get Involved page.  Beyond that, we encourage you to come up with new creative ways to spread the Move to Amend message.  Tell us about your successful actions so that we can let others know.

What promotional resources (brochures, posters, stickers) are available?

Many of our resources are available in the Local Action Toolkit and additional ones are in the works.  Some that are available include:

Use the available resources, or customize and create your own.  If there is a resource that is not currently available that you feel would improve your efforts, let us know and we will try to help you out.  Likewise, if you create a new resource, pass it along so we can share it with others.

I have MTA-related resources (self-created or otherwise) that are not currently available on the website that I think might be helpful for others to have access to, what can I do with these?

We always welcome new resources.  If they can be submitted as an email attachment, please send them to affiliate-support@movetoamend.org.  Or mail them to Democracy Unlimited, P.O. Box 610, Eureka, CA 95502, Attention: Move to Amend.

What should I do with signed petitions I have collected?

Please input the information into the appropriate fields of this spreadsheet and send it to affiliate-support@movetoamend.org.  Or if you are an approved Affiliate, you should have your own google document which serves as an ongoing record of your petition signatories, so please input the information there.

How do I find out about the Move to Amend work that is being done in other locations across the country?

You can go to this map to see where resolutions and ordinances abolishing Corporate Personhood have been passed and where campaigns are in progress.  Also, you can read about recent news and upcoming events in locations around the country. By participating in our monthly Local Action Webinars you can also find out about what others are doing.

I have a MTA-related event coming up, how do I post an event to the website and/or have event details sent out to petition signers in my area?

Preferably at least two weeks prior to your event, fill out and submit your event details here.  This information will then be posted on the website and, as long as you have submitted the event far enough in advance, an email will be sent out to petition signers in your area.

I would like to have a Move to Amend speaker come to my area, how do I go about arranging this?

To bring a Move to Amend speaker to your community please send an email to affiliate-support@movetoamend.org with “Speaker Request” in the subject. We will work with you to work out timing, logistics and cost.

What is a Move to Amend resolution, what is the purpose of working to get one passed and are there example resolutions available?

A resolution is a statement of collective support.  It is not a law, and thus cannot be overturned by corporate lawyers.  By working to pass a resolution more people become aware of this issue and it builds movement momentum. 

Passing a resolution is a strong signal to local, state and federal legislators that community members want to see an amendment passed and it puts pressure on these elected officials to act accordingly. The ways in which you can pass a resolution will depend on the laws in the state and locality where you live. 

Please refer to the Local Action Toolkit for more information with regards to this.  Also check out Tips for Passing a Resolution that Abolishes Corporate Personhood and the Move to Amend Model Resolution.

How do I pass a resolution to abolish Corporate Personhood in my area?

The ways in which you can pass a resolution will depend on the laws in the state and locality where you live. Please refer to the Local Action Toolkit for more detailed information with regards to this. 

A great resource listed there is the Tips for Passing a Resolution that Abolishes Corporate Personhood.  Also, check out the Move to Amend Model Resolution for an example on language and format.  And if you need some more help, feel free to contact us.

Where can I find a copy of the proposed amendment?

A number of different versions of democracy amendments dealing with Corporate Personhood, voting rights, and local democracy are currently under discussion. We deliberately have not chosen specific language at this time because we believe that the drafting process must involve many diverse individuals and organizations.

Yes, lawyers and law professors are among our steering committee and our wider circle of counselors; however, their opinions are not the only ones that we will taken into account in offering model language for the democracy amendments.

What is the purpose of becoming a Move to Amend Affiliate?

Affiliation is intended to create a mutually supportive network of collaboration and communication within the Move to Amend community.  The affiliation process insures that we are creating a strong and cohesive movement that is diverse, inclusive, resilient and democratic, which are vital elements to our success.  For more information on affiliation, please refer to the Affiliation page.

How do I start a Move to Amend Affiliate group?

To become an Affiliate your group must first meet certain criteria and then you must fill out and submit the Application for Affiliation with Move to Amend.  For more information regarding both of these, please refer to the Affiliation page.  And please contact us if you are unsure if you meet the criteria or if you have any questions.

Can I have access to the contact information for petition signers in my area?

At this point you can communicate with the petition signers in your area by submitting your events and announcements to the national Move to Amend Field Team and we will forward them on.

How do I get my affiliate group’s details listed on my state’s information page?

To have your group’s information posted you must first be a Move to Amend Affiliate.  If you are an Affiliate, please write up a brief paragraph about your group and send it to affiliate-support@movetoamend.org, including such things as the work you have been doing, regular meeting times, a link to your website and anything else you think is relevant.  You may check out examples from other groups such as in Wisconsin.