South Central Wisconsin Move To Amend

Date Established: 

May 2010

We are a citizens group organized to regain the liberties and privileges guaranteed in the US Constitution to human beings, but now being usurped by corporations.

On January 21, 2010, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a bitterly divided Supreme Court overturned a century of established precedent by ruling that corporate spending on candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment. SCWMTA began petition drives for the City of Madison and Dane County, calling for the abolishment of corporate personhood.

Once the petitions were collected, they asked the Madison City Council to include a resolution on the Spring 2011 ballot. Then, the Dane County Board voted to also include a ballot resolution on the Spring 2011 ballot. The resolutions passed by 84% in Madison and 78% in Dane County! Now we are expanding our efforts to the rest of Wisconsin, reaching out to other communities and organizations in the state.

This process of networking, education, training will facilitate the creation and development of other MoveToAmend (MTA) groups throughout Wisconsin.

Announcements

'We Will Only Get Louder': Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics

November 6, 2014

Huge margins back up claim that 'nearly all Americans share the sentiment that corporations should not have the same rights as people'

Citizens in dozens of communities voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which opened the door for the super-rich and corporations to trample democracy.

As they headed to the polls to vote in what turned out to be the most expensive midterm election in history — one in which outside money from undisclosed sources played an outsized role and the number of small individual donors shrank — voters across the country made clear their desire to end corporate personhood and get big money out of politics.

Move to Amend Reports Features Wisconsin Move to Amend This Week

October 30, 2014

Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution through our internet radio program. Every Thursday at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.

This week features Wisconsin Move to Amenders Mary Laan and George Penn to talk with us about ballot initiatives in 12 Wisconsin communities where voters will decide whether to amend the Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech. 

 

Press Coverage

In the wake of Citizens United v. FEC, Local Grassroots Organization Leads the National Fight Against Unlimited Independent Expenditures on Elections

March 27, 2012

On January 20th, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a now-infamous ruling in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In its 5-4 decision, the court held that the First Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits the government from restricting political expenditures by corporations and unions.

Move to Amend Sees "Pearl Harbor for American Democracy"

January 25, 2010
Last week’s controversial Supreme Court ruling has some calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Madison attorney Ben Manski says the decision, which is expected to allow corporate and union money to pour into political campaigns, was itself based on a precedent which gives corporations the same rights as individuals.
 
“This decision enshrines the rights of corporations above the rights of the people to govern ourselves,” says Manski. “The majority essentially decided that corporations have the same rights as flesh-and-blood human beings.”