Move to Amend has released via YouTube a new 1/2 hour video, Legalize Democracy: An Introduction to Move to Amend. Legalize Democracy explores not only why we need to amend the US Constitution but also why we need to go deeper than that and create a movement.
Move to Amend organizers and supporters are holding a state-wide strategy meeting to discuss plans for organizing statewide in Oregon in 2014. David Cobb and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap from Move to Amend's National Leadership Team will be facilitating the meeting.
Determine if MTA Affiliates and Networks Should Run a State Initiative for Nov 2014
Develop Skills and Capacity for MTA Organizing in Oregon
Network and Strategize with MTA Supporters Across Oregon
Oregon today became the 16th state to pass a resolution called on Congress to adapt and send to the states a constitutional amendment when the Senate voted 17-13 in favor of HJM6-A Engrossed HJM6-A Engrossed. This follows the Oregon House of Representatives June 21st 80% bi-partisan majority vote in favor. One Republican (Betsy Close of Corvallis/Albany) joined all 16 Democrats and voted in favor in the Senate.
The Oregon House of Representatives on Friday, June 21st, approved by a 48 - 11 (80% approval) vote HJM6 as amended to eliminate corporate personhood and money as speech. Specifically the resolution instructs Oregon's congressional delegation to send it a proposed constitutional measure which would do that. The 48 yes votes were bipartisan.
Today the Oregon House Rules Committee took a major step to end corporate domination by voting out of their committee HJM6-3. HJM6-3 is the revised Joint Memorial calling on Oregon's congressional delegation to send us a constitutional amendment to end the court-created doctrines that money is speech and that corporations are people. The committee voted unanimously to send the resolution to a vote of the full House.
2013 Grassroots Democracy Convergence
End Corporate Personhood!
Get Money Out of Politics!
Speakers, workshop schedule and registration info:
NATIONAL MOVE TO AMEND SPOKESWOMAN TO APPEAR LOCALLY
National Democracy Activist to Visit Portland
PORTLAND, OR –The Portland Move to Amend group will host a public workshop and presentation about “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” with guest speaker Ashley Sanders of the Move to Amend campaign. Part history lesson and part heart-felt call to action, the event will be at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12t and Salmon, Portland, OR 97205 on March 4th, 2013. The workshop will be from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and the presentation will take place from 7:00-8:30pm.
A provocative evening discussing corporate personhood with Scott Silber, lead faculty at Johns Hopkins University Center for Constitutional Studies and democratic development Youth Organizing Institute, human rights and Environmental organizer, and former director of organizing at Colorado's Public Workers' Union.
AMERICA WANTS TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION
America declared loud and clear in the November election that it wants the US Constitution amended. Every resolution supporting amending at the local, county, and state level was approved and in most cases at a rate above 70%. Over 150 cities, towns, counties and state got to vote. Each vote supported amending the US Constitution.
Move to Amend Marion County (OR) has produced a DVD (38 minutes long) of the trail of Justice Waite. He was the Supreme Court justice when the Santa Clara County v Southern Pacific Railroad decision was issued. This decision is said to be the first declaration by the Supreme Court that corporations had constitutional rights because they are people. Order your copy (cost $10.00) by calling Kerry at 503-569-6988 or email Sandy at Mpmovetoamend@gmail.com . Or you can email Rich Harisay, who plays J.C.