We the People Massachusetts is not committed to particular language for the U.S. Constitutional Amendment, but it must contain the two principles cited in our mission statement: that

[C]orporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.

— Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 2010, dissenting in Citizens United v. FEC
  • The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of individual human beings only and

  • Money spent to influence elections is not protected free speech and may be regulated to ensure equal access to the political process for all Americans.

There are several versions of this amendment, but we currently prefer the language contained in the We the People Amendment, promoted by Move to Amend.

We the People Massachusetts has been working to build support for the We the People Amendment among the Massachusetts Congressional delegation. We have held constituent meetings with most of the Representatives.

To date, 8 of the 9 U.S. Representatives representing Massachusetts have co-sponsored the We the People Amendment, which in the House this session is numbered H.J.Res. 48. Only Representative Richard Neal has not.

Our current priority is to convince Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to file and support the We the People Amendment proposed language in the Senate in the next session which begins January 2019.

This session, Warren and Markey have co-sponsored a much weaker amendment proposal called the Democracy for All Amendment (S.J.Res. 8). That proposed amendment language would not affirm that Constitutional rights are for human individuals only, allowing powerful corporations to use these rights to overturn public interest laws. That language would also make it optional for Congress and the states to regulate money in elections, thus allowing the corrupting influence of big money in politics to continue.

Please help!  Gather signatures on a petition to Senators Warren and Markey!

You can print this petition.

Just ask signers to print legibly. The address of where to mail signatures is on the bottom of the signature page. Or for questions email Info@WtPMass.org.

Also, call their offices now yourself! 

Call Senator Warren: (617) 286-6715

Call Senator Markey: (617) 565-8519

 

Here is the text of House Joint Resolution 48 filed in the 115th Congress https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hjres48/BILLS-115hjres48ih.pdf

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