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The National Citizen Leadership Conference

[Part two of a two-part report on American Promise and the National Citizen Leadership Conference. Part one is here.] First Transpartisan Amendment Conference Aims for Unity The National Citizen Leadership Conference, the first cross-partisan, multi-organizational conference devoted to fostering cooperation among and between pro-amendment and…
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American Promise Hits Ground Running

[Part one of a two-part report on American Promise and the National Citizen Leadership Conference. Part two is here.] Gearing Up for Unity and Cooperation Jeff Clements is no stranger to the pro-amendment movement. Author of Corporations are not People, co-founder of Free Speech for…
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The Article V Convention

An Article V Convention may not be the end of the Republic, but is it wise to leverage support in blue states to pursue a convention now? Article V of the U.S. Constitution creates two pathways for proposing constitutional amendments, and two…
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Democracy Events Hit Nation’s Capital

Photo: Ted Majdosz In the Fight  Against Money in Politics, Democracy is in the Streets The movement to roll back the influence of big money in U.S. politics got a significant boost in April, as two allied coalitions…
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Democracy Events in April

April Mobilizations To Hit the Streets in D.C. The movement to overturn Citizen United has taken on new political energy this year, as two allied mobilizing drives organize massive protests in Washington, D.C., this April. The two mobilizations, named Democracy Awakening and Democracy…
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Rev. Coates Brings the Movement to Church

Coates's Megachurch Opens Door to Get Money Out Maryland Rev. Delman Coates Let’s face it—in most of America, the movement to amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United is predominantly white and middle and upper middle class. But in…
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Scalia’s Passing Not Equal to Victory

Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) Amending the Constitution is Still the Best Long-Term Strategy   The sudden and unexpected death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia cannot be interpreted to mean anything for the movement to overturn the long string…
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Surprise Attack on Maryland Resolution

A funny thing happened on the way to Maryland’s becoming the fifth state to demand an amendment convention to overturn Citizens United, et al. Our effort was derailed, to our surprise, by a coalition of liberal groups — some of whom officially…
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Martin Kirk Interview

TAG Senior Columnist Victor Tiffany interviews Martin Kirk, author of the online pamphlet, One Party Planet.
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Unity is the Way to Amend

Ratifying an amendment to abolish constitutional rights for artificial entities1 of all types and end the doctrine of treating the spending of money as a form of constitutionally protected speech2 is supported by liberals, progressives, moderates, conservatives, libertarians, Democrats, Republicans and Independent…
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Liberal Messaging Undermines Amendment Movement

MTA NLT In a fund-raising blast sent to the remaining signers of the Move to Amend petition, the National Leadership Team (NLT) railed against far-right billionaires David and Charles Koch and ignored the role of left-wing billionaires in…
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ALEC Pushing COS Budget Amendment

A story on the Center for Media and Democracy's PRWatch is a must-read for all Amendment activists and scholars. In "Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme," Brenden Fisher describes the "stealth convention" and lays out some of the problems that…
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Obama Gambit Working to Distract Activists

Corporate tool President Obama is a brilliant tactician. In order to get Trade Promotion Authority (fast-track) and ObamaTrade passed through Congress, he has hired a team of corporate lobbyists to promote them in Congress and has dangled an…
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Political Duopoly And Corporate Personhood

Sarah Jones In a post on corporate personhood published on PoliticusUSA, author Sarah Jones delivers an initially, exquisite polemic entitled "If Corporations Are People, They Are Psychopaths." Unfortunately, the credentialed White House correspondent and member of the Society…
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Trade Pact Theatens American Jobs, Sovereignty

Promoting corporate "trade" deals We have previously written about the Trans-Pacific Partnership "trade" pact that is currently under secret negotiation. This deal would lead to more outsourcing of American jobs and worse, undermine American sovereignty. In the coming…
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Citizens United is Just One of Many

Left to right: Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Alito, Kennedy, Thomas, Scalia The Citizens United decision serves as a galvanizing force in the ongoing movement to reduce the impact of wealthy individuals, associations and corporations in American politics and…
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Standing on the Edge of Next American Revolution

The R Word Readers are no doubt familiar with the first American Revolution which had been building for sixteen years before the violent war of independence from the British Empire. The Second American Revolution occurred at the ballot box in 1800 with…
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The Shift Interview with Jeff Clements

Jeff Clements is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money and Global Corporations, a critical examination of the illegitimate, Court-imposed doctrine of corporate constitutional rights. The following is an interview with him by Terrence Vaughn. Via The…
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Extreme Inequality: Revolution or Reform

The theme of this year's Blog Action Day is inequality. Income distribution in the U.S. is at record levels of inequality, as described by David DeGraw in his valuable, must-read piece entitled Peak Inequality: The 0.01% And The Impoverishment Of Society. The…
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ACLU Gets it Wrong

A Great Institution Goes Off the Rails The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is nothing if not a stalwart against any form of encroachment on the First Amendment right to free speech. Their mission of defending the right of all people to…
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Chris Hedges on the Corporate-State

For our viewers who have not heard of, or know much about him, Chris Hedges spent 15 years as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times reporting from from Latin American, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has also…
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