We the People Massachusetts is not committed long-term to particular language for the U.S. Constitutional Amendment, but any amendment we support 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.

Over recent years, Members of Congress have proposed several different versions of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn Supreme Court rulings such as Citizens United v. FEC. Only one of these proposals contains effective language to cover both principles bulleted above: the We the People Amendment, promoted by Move to Amend.

We the People Massachusetts supports only HJ Res. 48. Read this fact sheet for our reasons.

We have been working to build support for the We the People Amendment among the Massachusetts Congressional delegation.

Our goal is to get support from all nine Massachusetts Representatives to the U.S. House for H.J. Res 48. We want them to be co-sponsors, but more importantly to advocate for this effective proposal over other weaker amendment proposals. Read here about why.

We need your help to lobby your Member of Congress!

If you are willing to call or write them, or join us in a meeting with them, please write to Info@WtPMass.org and we will give you an update on your Representative and all the information you need.

We are also working to convince Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to file and support the We the People Amendment proposed language in the Senate. This amendment proposal has not yet been filed in the Senate, and our MA Senators should take the lead on this vital issue.

Last session of Congress, Senators Warren and Markey co-sponsored a much weaker amendment proposal called the Democracy for All Amendment (S.J.Res. 31). 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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