Ballot Initiative

PassMassAmendment is a statewide ballot initiative to amend the Massachusetts Constitution via petition based on”CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE, MONEY IS NOT SPEECH” as a first step in getting BIG MONEY OUT of our elections.

If you would like to help, please see this link for suggestions on how… Or write to: PassMassAmendment@gmail.com

We need YOU to ask YOUR LEGISLATOR to endorse the Ballot Initiative and the Legislative Bills effort. For information about the Bills, click here. For a sample letter to endorse the Ballot Initiative, see this link see a sample endorsement letter and this link to find contact info for your Legislator

For folks who want to know what this about, click here.

See here for the latest news!

PLEASE HELP!
If 1,500 people gather 60 signatures each, we can advance this issue to the Supreme Judicial Court of MassachusettsTHIS COMING YEAR! 30 people have committed to getting 500-1,000 signatures each. Let’s get the rest! Please help them meet the goal by getting your friends/colleagues to sign,or spending a few hours out in front of the supermarket.

HELP US GET THERE!Getting the signatures will get the issue”Corporations Are NOT People, Money Is NOT Speech” to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court,where we will ask the court to declare that
Corporations NO NOT Have Constitutionally Protected Rights.

PETITION TEAMS FORMING all over the city/state!Or DO IT YOURSELF!To be on the CALL LIST to help distribute or to get a stack for petition forms:PassMassAmendment@gmail.com

Petition Drive and Ballot Initiativeto
Amend the Constitutionof the
State of Massachusettsto declare:
“Corporations Are Not People”

“Money Is Not Speech”

“Big Money” in politics hurts our communities and small business.
Corporate dominance of Government and the political process
is placing undue burdens on the people.

Getting the signatures puts the question in front of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. If the SJC rules the question “legal”, then the question goes in front of the legislature. If 25% of the legislators, in 2 consecutive sessions vote to put the language on the ballot, the question goes to the people. It would be the first constitutional amendment driven by ballot initiative in decades. Whether the SJC agrees to allow us to move forward WE WIN in this DIRECT ACTION, aimed at getting mainstream media attention to the question, “Should Corporations be considered People”?

Last year, the Legislature passed a resolution almost unanimously consenting to the concept, but have done nothing to make it law. Town Meeting resolutions round the state are overwhelmingly endorsing the need for an amendment.
We believe that if the question is put on the floor of the legislature,that they will be forced by their constituencies to vote for the amendment. The intiative does just that.

We’ve waited long enough…
Let’s take back our democracy from big business!

Again, it starts in Massachusetts!
Join the Battle of our Age!

Over the last century and more, the people have been losing their influence over our democratic process. We believe that the roots of this issue is the corrupting influence of money in our political process. For educational resources, click here.

We have asked our legislators to rectify the overabundance of corporate dominance of our democracy. Recall the “Clean Elections Law” passed in 1998 by a 2 to 1 majority by ballot initiative. Our legislators refused to fund it and then ended it by voice vote.

As a result, we believe that it’s time for citizens to act to amend (clarify) the Massachusetts Constitution ourselves.

In 1917, a Constitutional Convention was called for in Massachusetts because of the concern that “invisible government” (their words) had taken over the General Court and citizens needed a way to “keep government in check”. The Convention proposed the “Initiative and Referendum” Amendment which was subsequently passed by the public. The I and R Amendment makes it possible for citizens…you and I, to “reform, alter, or totally change” the government as stated in Article VII of our Constitution.

As such, we are embarking up on a BALLOT INITIATIVE to amend (clarify) the Constitution of Massachusetts. See this page for our legal discussion. This was submitted to the Attorney General’s office, as part of the process to get the question on the ballot.

The next step is for the AG to review our language to ensure that it is both “allowable” by law, and that it would be binding and satisfy the intent, if it should be enacted by the people.

Then the next step is the “petitioning phase”, whereby we have to gather 70,000 signatures from the registered voters of Massachusetts.

Even though this is an uphill battle, we have opted to embark upon it. Because we feel that we are left with no other option.

Please help by signing the petition, petitioning, and/or helping us coordinate. There is lots to do. Everyone can help. We need drivers, trainers, people to help find in-kind and financial donations. If you are a lawyer and want to help us with administration, or have a constitutional law background, please let us know.

We have people from all walks of life helping. We have church leaders, business people, union members, Tea Party members, social justice activists, and people who also work for employees helping. We may not agree on everything. But there’s one thing we agree on. We believe that Big Money has taken over our government, and it’s time to make sure that the rights afforded by our Constitution are for “natural people”.

Please help…

See here or the links to the right for more information.

Contact:

Terra Friedrichs, terraf “at” compuserve dot com, 978 808 7173 (petitioning team coordination, press/media, etc) Acton/MetroWest
Nick Bokron, nbokron “at” gmail, 781 715 7822 (finance, legal, administration, etc) (Nahant/NorthShore)

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