Thursday, June 28, 2012

National Call-in Day for Move To Amend on June 29 (From Move To Amend)

The Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), will be holding hearings on July 17, 2012, to examine the three proposed constitutional amendments currently introduced in the Senate, which address Citizens United v. FEC.

Invitations will be issued to the senators who have introduced amendments and to a panel of advocates/experts, who will testify to:

  • The impact of Citizen's United v. FEC
  • The rise of SUPER PACs
  • The impact of unlimited corporate spending on individual candidates
Move To Amend (MTA) has not been invited to participate yet. We have been in touch with Senator Durbin, who has complete discretion over who to invite, and MTA members in the eleven states of the individual committee members have already been in contact with their senators in pursuit of an invitation.

We are now calling on all of our members to contact Senator Durbin -- please make a quick call tomorrow: 
(202) 224-2152.
Click here for call in details and a script.

Question: Why should we care about being invited to this hearing, despite the fact that our amendment has no Senate sponsor yet?

Answer: We don’t expect that the Senate will actually pass an amendment any time soon, but it is important that our viewpoint be heard inside the beltway. Our movement is growing, our demands are clear. When and if Congress begins to move, it is imperative they know what the real solution is and that there is a broad movement supporting it.
We must make clear to them that the issue goes beyond Citizens United. The amendment must address corporate personhood and money as speech -- nothing short of that will do.

Tomorrow, June 29, is National Call-in Day for MTA! Please call Senator Durbin’s office and express your desire that Move To Amend be invited to the July 17 hearing. Find a short script, talking points, and the phone number here.

We’re hoping to raise a polite and non-violent ruckus by generating thousands of calls, and we’re counting on you to raise your voice tomorrow. It will take no more than five minutes of your time, so please add this event to your schedule.

"If history is violence and sex, I'd rather not pay my respects. If I've caused offense, I'm just trying to talk sense. Forgive me if I'm too direct or politically incorrect." Jon Foreman

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