Our movement to abolish “corporate personhood” and “money as free speech” is difficult
And frequently feels like we’re not making progress
Deemed as not relevant
Not to mention downright impossible
But take a moment
And a breath
Listen to your conscience
Put in context
Our current problems, actually crises
As a nation
As a species
Become wider and deeper every day
With the pace speeding up like circling water as it nears the mouth of a drain
If we have the courage to truly acknowledge the signs that are all around us
Interconnected problems and crises that make us realize that
Electing better representatives, while important, isn’t enough
Passing better laws, while important, isn’t enough
Enacting better regulations, while important, isn’t enough
Afterall, elected representatives today can be unelected tomorrow
Passed laws today can be reversed tomorrow
Enacted regulations today can be unenacted tomorrow
Our responses must fully answer the questions
Our solutions must be in proportion to our crises, and
Our commitment to change must equal the scale of the energy of those creating injustice and reducing our power
What we envision must be part of the Constitution, where it becomes
Beyond the ability to easily change by simply
Removing good public officials
Our Eye on the Prize, despite all the barriers, must be constitutional change, after all history shows
What initially seems impossible becomes inevitable.
What once was a ceiling of possibility eventually becomes the floor of reality
What we can only now imagine becomes the obvious concrete step forward
If true, then answer this:
How many systematically altering ideas have been converted into actual policy proposals?
Have been introduced as legislation in Congress as an amendment to the United States Constitution?
Have attracted nearly 100 Congressional cosponsors?
Have over 700 national organizational endorsers?
Have over 700 communities (including 9 states) that have passed endorsing municipal resolutions and ballot initiatives?
Have nearly 500,000 individual supporters?
Have a skilled staff and board dedicated to movement building, diversity and inclusion?
Have a collectively/democratically run national organization with local groups and advocates that are politically and economically independent from the pressures by the power structure (government, political parties, big foundations, corporations, a handful of super rich individuals) to moderate, temper or water down what is ultimately needed?
Exactly. Precisely. None.
What Move to Amend is doing – you and us together – is Incredibly rare throughout history
We’re calling not to reform, but to transform our relationship between people and the institutions we’ve created
To make government accountable to us
To make all corporate entities subservient to us
To ensure that the ultimate right to decide is empowered to us
But it’s also fragile because of all the interrelated problems and crises
All the problems.
All the issues
Demanding immediate reaction
To say no
To stop the assaults and the harms
To the planet
But there’s an alternative to “No”
To simply opposing
It’s promoting an alternative
It’s a “Yes”
To the We the People Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
A vision, call and plan that affirms that only a human being is a person with inalienable rights, not corporate entities.
And that political money in elections is not “free speech” which shall be democratically regulated
And a stepping stone to even further transformative change
It asserts that Congress “shall’ take action.
Not “may” as other amendments propose
Since “may” can also mean “possibly”
But can also be interpreted as “may not”
As in not here
In the end, is it all worth it?
Worth organizing for systemic change, not just immediate relief?
Worth going on the offense and not always on the defense?
Worth not seeing immediate results vs sometimes seeing some immediate outcomes from taking immediate actions to address immediate problems?
It all depends
Not on politicians
Not on bureaucrats
Not on corporate executives
Not even on committed not profit “leaders”
But on us
That being you
Together with other yous
Who collectively at the grassroots have
And the courage to clearly see the current reality is incredibly dire for us all and all living beings if all that happens is less than transformational
Yet phenomenally encouraging if we become aware, have vision and take action for a new reality that’s in harmony within ourselves, with other human beings and all living things.
To create justice in all its forms
To ensure a livable world
To create real, authentic democracy where every single person has the dignity, respect, support and power they should have – for the very first time.
That’s more than Move to Amend’s immediate current strategy
But it’s grounded in our vision
It’s a basis for how we engage with our grassroots leaders and supporters, and
It’s a commitment when connecting with other organizations
Starting with affirming that human beings should have the power and right to determine their own collective future – of self-determination
Not limited by the so-called “rights” of corporate entities
Not trapped by the so-called “rights” of money
This is where we stand
To us, it’s all worth the time, energy and financial resources
As it has to so many like you in the past.
As we hope to you and so many more in the present and future.