On Tuesday, April 4th, Wisconsin residents in eight communities voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not the same thing as free speech.
All referenda passed with overwhelming majorities: Racine (81%), Monona (91%), Fox Crossing (81%), Blue Mounds (88%) and the towns of Crystal Lake (79%), Caledonia in Waupaca County (70%), Blue Mounds (84%) and Jordan (71%)...
That brings the total to 105 Wisconsin communities that have called for an amendment. In total, 2.8 million people (48% of Wisconsinites) live in these jurisdictions.
All for One, One(s) for All! The current "shotgun” approach of leading citizens of individual states to seek the same legal precedents, all at the same time, only dilutes our combined energies. As we are already of like mind, it is possible to pick any ONE state to be the first to be the model on which all our inter-state resources can be focused. Once passing legislation in the first state, do each of the others by most likely. After the first state is “converted” and as momentum builds, states can be worked on “in parallel,” in increasing numbers, rather than sequentially. Doing so will make more efficient use of community resources, achieve initial and subsequent successes earlier and with less effort, and allow for more effective capture of, and adaptation to, lessons learned. Once we get 2/3rds, a Constitutional amendment will be in reach. This is the age old bundled vs single shafts of arrows tactic and “dominos” strategy. (Sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share to related.)
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Let's help Stoughton and Fond du Lac collect enough signatures to put the Move to Amend Referendum on their November ballots.
Volunteers for Stoughton, could help Friday evening (June 20), Saturday morning (June 21) or Sunday afternoon (June 22). Tami and Linda have set up packets to help volunteers go door to door for signatures. If you can help Friday evening or Saturday morning, please call Tami Vieth 608-333-4602 to arrange a time and place where she can meet you. Val is going to Stoughton Sunday afternoon - getting there about 12:30. Val is driving from the far West side of Madison - so if anyone wants to ride with her please call H 608-833-5595 or C 608-770-8107. If you want to go at a different time Sunday afternoon, please call Linda Muller H 608-333-4602 or C 608 576-6374 to arrange a meeting time/place.
Fond du Lac, needs Volunteers for a Move to Amend Day of Action
Saturday, June 21, 9:00AM – 5PM
Where: 121 N. National Ave., Fond du Lac (Residence of MTA Volunteer)
Move to Amend Fond du Lac (MTA) needs help gathering signatures for their petition for referendum to be placed on the November 4 ballot. You can commit to volunteering as few or as many hours as you can; hours are flexible!
Volunteers will be door knocking and manning stationary locations on Saturday.
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46:49 in its range of options, that it is a democratic meltdown
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47:22 money is not speech corporations are not people
47:26 and we have a right to organize elections where the
47:29 dollar matters less than the vote.
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The Buzz continues to grow. We need to make sure people know we have a solution.
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Move to Amend Day of Action in Neenah
Saturday, May 24, 9:00AM – 5PM
Neenah Move to Amend (MTA) is calling for a Final Day of Action on Saturday, May 24, 9:00AM - 5PM to help Neenah meet their goal of 1800 signatures (15% = 1395 + cushion) to get our resolution on the November 4 ballot.
Please commit to volunteering as few or as many hours as you can; hours are flexible! We still need at least 200 signatures to cross the required 15% threshold!
Volunteers will be door knocking and manning stationary locations in Neenah. We will use the Neenah Public Library as its home base location for supplies, petition collection, and areas to cover.
Where: Neenah Public Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah
Questions & Sign-up: Contact Katie Schierl: email@example.com or Jen Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide your 1) contact information; 2) availability for circulation; 3) if you will door knock or stand in a public spot; and 4) if you will bring a buddy, or need/want one.
Mark your calendars today!
*If you want to help, but can’t this Saturday, please email Katie or Jen with your alternative availability. Neenah MTA volunteers are collecting signatures every day through Monday, May 26. MTA plans to file their petition on May 29.
City of Neenah Resolution:
Whereas, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission and related case law allows unlimited political campaign spending to influence local, state, and federal elections;
BE IT RESOLVED, that “We the People” of the City of Neenah call for reclaiming democracy from the expansion of corporate personhood rights and the corrupting influence of unregulated political contributions and spending. We stand with the Move to Amend campaign and communities across the country supporting passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution stating:
1. Only human beings - not corporations, limited liability companies, unions, nonprofit organizations, or similar associations - are endowed with constitutional rights; and
2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we hereby instruct our state and federal representatives to enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.”
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It may have been April Fools Day, but folks in Wisconsin pulled no pranks in their triumphs yesterday.
Wisconsinites voted by huge majorities in thirteen communities in favor of instructing Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation to propose and support — and the Wisconsin state legislature ratify — an amendment to the United States Constitution that clarifies three issues:
1) that money is not speech; 2) that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as natural persons; and 3) that Congress and the states can limit election-related spending to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, can express their views to one another and their government on a level playing field.”
This continues our trend of never yet failing when the vote for the We the People Amendment is put directly in front of The People at the ballot box. Congratulations for a job well done to our volunteer organizers in Wisconsin!
Here's what you can do to help:
- If you live in one of these thirteen communities, please get out and vote YES on April 1st.
- If you live in or near one of these thirteen communities, please volunteer your time!
- We need folks to go door to door and drop off literature.
- We need to get the vote out via virtual phone banking from home.
- We need volunteers to hold signs at busy intersections to help get the vote out.
- We need people to write letters to the editor in support of our push to get the money out of politics.
If you're ready to help save our democracy, please email us at Wisconsin@MoveToAmend.org
Ninety-Six percent of Americans think it important to reduce the influence of money in politics. Yet many of our representatives are ignoring their constituents while continually voting for policies that help the monied special interests at the expense of most Americans. But we will not rest until we fix this corrupt system of legalized bribery.
Over 500 towns, cities and other organizations across the U.S. have already passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment, including twenty-eight Wisconsin governments and sixteen state legislatures. Once enough states press Congress on this, they will be forced to act.
Thanks for all you do!
Jim Crist Wisconsin Move To Amend