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  • 01:00

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    In light of African American History Month, we will be focusing our programs on Move to Amend's partnership with international grassroots organization Hip Hop Congress to present What the (Bleep) Happened to Hip Hop, a public education campaign to address the corporatization of music, dance, and other art forms and shine a critical lens on race, class, and gender in contemporay American culture. This February will feature artists, activists, and organizers supporting this national campaign to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over culture and how it connects with their use of corporate constitutional rights.

    Join us this week as we talk with Move to Amend's Program Coordinator Jessica Munger and Hip Hop Congress Executive Director Shamako Noble about the purpose of What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop and discuss Hip Hop's relationship to the struggle of oppressed people in the United States.

  • 00:55

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    Tonight, we continue with the second half of our replay of the public debate between David Cobb of Move to Amend's National Leadership Team and James Bopp, General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and legal advisor to the organization Citizens United. Citizens Divided: Corporate Money, Speech, and Politics was held at Indiana University last September, featuring Cobb and Bopp as they explore the relationship between corporations and political speech following the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling. You will listen to questions from a five-person panel and the audience.


    We want to thank Indiana University’s Civic Leaders Center, the SPEA Law and Public Policy Program, the Maurer Law School American Constitution Society, and Move to Amend South Central Indiana for organizing and sponsoring this rousing debate between two prominent figures in the national debate over corporate personhood, campaign finance, and the proper definition of political speech! 

  • 01:01

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    Happy New Years from Move to Amend Reports! 


    On our first edition of the New Year, we feature Move To Amend Executive Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap along with Outreach Director and Leadership Team member David Cobb to talk with us about where we have been in 2014 and where together we are going through 2015.

  • 00:59

    Move to Amend Reports w/ Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    This week features two segments: actor, filmmaker and anti-racism activist Dixon D. White talks about his viral YouTube videos and the Racial Healing Video Selfie Challenge, and we celebrate the Monahan Brothers' Walk Across the United States with Move to Amend grassroot organizers Robin Monahan and Tom Starkey.


    To watch Dixon's videos, visit his YouTube page here.


    Don't miss out on A Celebration of the Monahan Brothers: Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk of Democracy this Saturday at 1PM Central in Saint Paul, MN!

  • 01:01

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    This week features lifetime activist and affiliate organizer for Move to Amend in Tuscaloosa, Jim Price, to talk with us about his experience as a Southern organizer for justice and how to approach grassroots organizing in "red states" like Alabama. 


    Jim Price has spent most of his adult life as an activist and organizer for justice in the southern United States.  For twenty-six years, Jim served as a field representative, grassroots organizer, and lobbyist at the Sierra Club.  He was a founder of the Club’s National Environmental Justice Grassroots Organizing Program through which he supported numerous local organizations representing low income white and nonwhite communities throughout the U.S. in their struggles.  During the 1990s, Jim helped initiate the Sierra Club’s Corporate Accountability Project.  He presented a popular presentation “Corporations and the Deterioration of Democracy” at over fifty venues. In the mid-90’s Jim became a Principal with the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy (POCLAD).  He was also a founder of the Alliance for Democracy, served on its first Board of Directors, and helped found the Birmingham, Alabama Chapter.  Jim’s Unitarian Universalist community has been a great support to him.  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa’s Social Justice Team and Board of Trustees have both endorsed the Move to Amend amendment. Since retiring to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2012, Jim has been an active organizer in the Move to Amend – Tuscaloosa affiliate.

  • Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    Keyan Bliss subs for Laura Bonham today.


    This week features the Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress, Shamako Noble, to talk about the upcoming "What the BLEEP Happened to Hip Hop" Tour and their collaboration with Move to Amend.


    Shamako is the co-founder of Hip Hop Congress. He is also the Director of the H2Ed program for the Hip Hop Association which uses education, media and leadership to preserve and develop Hip Hop culture. Before moving into those two positions, Shamako worked as a Community Outreach and Development Director for a youth center in Menlo Park. As an artist, Shamako has been performing since a very young age. At this time he has performed or organized over 200 events since starting his career. In 2004, he released his first solo album, “The Return of the Coming of the Aftermath.” Shamako, who was once known as the “Kevin Bacon of South Bay Hip Hop” is now moving into a similar role nationally. Within the Hip Hop realm, Shamako is involved in culture, industry, education and politics. Locally he also operates with an organization called R.E.F.U.G.E. (Real Education for Urban Growth Enterprises) which specializes in using the Urban Arts to teach life skills, leadership and culture. 

  • 00:59

    Move to Amend Reports w/ Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    This week features author, radio, and TV personality Thom Hartmann to talk with us about the movement to amend the Constitution and House Joint Resolution 48 -- the We The People Amendment.

    Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk-show host whose shows are available in over a half-billion homes worldwide. He's the New York Times bestselling, 4-times Project Censored Award winning author of 24 books in print in 17 languages on five continents. Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (10th the two previous years), and for three of the past five years the #1 most important progressive host, in their “Heavy Hundred” ranking. He was born and grew up in Michigan, and retains strong ties to the Midwest, although he and Louise have lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, Germany, and Oregon...and now live on a boat in Washington D.C. with their new attack-cat, Fang.

    Tune in to the Thom’s radio and TV programs at www.thomhartmann.com.

  • 00:58

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    Tonight, we feature a replay of the public debate between David Cobb of Move to Amend's National Leadership Team and James Bopp, General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and legal advisor to the organization Citizens United. Citizens Divided: Corporate Money, Speech, and Politics was held at Indiana University last September, featuring Cobb and Bopp as they explore the relationship between corporations and political speech following the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling. You will listen to questions from a five-person panel and the audience. Tonight you are hearing the first of two parts. The second part will be aired next week at our usual time.


    We want to thank Indiana University’s Civic Leaders Center, the SPEA Law and Public Policy Program, the Maurer Law School American Constitution Society, and Move to Amend South Central Indiana for organizing and sponsoring this rousing debate between two prominent figures in the national debate over corporate personhood, campaign finance, and the proper definition of political speech! 

  • 00:59

    Move to Amend Reports w/ Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    This week we talk about the upcoming US Social Forum with Move to Amend National Leadership Team member Jerome Scott, one of the organizers on the Social Forum's National Planning Committee.


    Jerome Scott, a labor organizer in the auto plants of Detroit in the 1960s-70s, and a community organizer, popular educator and author in the South since the 1970s, was a founding member and former director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide in Atlanta, GA. He serves on the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, is active in Grassroots Global Justice and other social justice movement organizations, including the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. He is author/co-author of numerous chapters and articles on race, class, movement building and the revolutionary process, and is a contributing editor to four popular education toolkits including The Roots of Terror and Today's Globalization. He was co-recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2004 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology.


    For more information about the US Social Forum, visit www.ussocialforum.net.

  • 01:00

    Move to Amend Reports w/ Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    This week features National Leadership Team members David Cobb and George Friday to talk about introducing the We The People Amendment to Congress and the next steps in the movement to amend the Constitution.


    Read the text of the We the People Amendment here.


    Click here to urge your Representative to sign on as a Co-Sponsor of the We the People Amendment (House Joint Resolution 48)!

  • 00:58

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    This week we talk with our national director for Move to Amend, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, about the dozens of communities that passed local ballot initiatives in several states calling for amending the Constitution to end the doctrine of corporate personhood and money equals speech on Tuesday's election. 


    Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is Executive Director of Democracy Unlimited and the National Director of Move to Amend. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM and came to Humboldt County in 2001 by way of Western Massachusetts where she was studying education and community at Hampshire College. She served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the SmartMeme Project. She is also a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy and Local Democracy Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation. In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.


    Kaitlin serves as the National Director for Move to Amend. She oversees the national field organizing operations for the campaign, the affiliate support program and provides internship program supervision.