Move To Amend (MTA) Coalition

Gerald Wickham

Formed in September 2009, Move to amend is a collation of hundreds of organization and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Move to Amend Statement of Values

Move to amend is a broad coalition of organizations, who share common values, working together to end corporate personhood and demand real democracy. We welcome all organizations and individuals who embrace these values to join us:

Accountability and responsibility, both personally and organizationally, transparency, community, movement building, dedication to Move to Amend mission, goals and tactics commitment to anti-oppression within ourselves, communities, work places, policies, and representation

Move to Amend reserves the right to disassociate with any organization or individual who fails to maintain these values.

Move to Amend’s Proposed 28th Amendment

to the U.S. Constitution

Section 1 (A corporation is not a person and can be regulated)

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have not rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determine by the People, through Federal, State or local law and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2 (Money is not speech and can be regulated)

Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the Frist Amendment.

Section 3

Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.

Move to Amend is organized in affiliates to spread its message. There are 137 of them in 33 states. New York has eight; the one in Ithaca is the closest. The members of each affiliate determine how to convert, influence, convince the politicians and citizens to join and support the 28th amendment. There are politicians already interested in an amendment and each have their version. Politicians who have submitted their amendments are: Donna Edwards (D MA), Kurt Schrader (D OR), Jim McGovern (D MA) Ted Deutch (D FL), Bernie Sanders (I V)

Move to Amend is on the web at: movetoamend.org

Binghamton could have an affiliate. There is a growing national movement in which Binghamton should be involved. The National Leadership Team will provide direction. Please contact: Gerald Wickham at gerald1927@hotmail.com if you are interested in founding an affiliate.

 

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