• 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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 00:58

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

    in Politics

    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! 

  • 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. 

  • 00:55

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    This week features the co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Strategies for Change, Rachael Sharp, to talk with us about their work to bridge the social divides and engage communities on all sides by mobilizing arts and education for social justice.


    Rachael is a passionate artist, activist, and educator who works in a variety of creative mediums, specializing in popular education, applied theater, dance, and movement. She holds a Master of Arts from the Gallatin School at New York University, and has completed professional training programs with Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, Dominic Barter, and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU, where she received the Nia award for outstanding work in the arts and social justice. Through her work, Rachael has had the opportunity to facilitate innovative social justice education and arts programs for people of all ages, as well as supporting nonprofit organizations with communications, program coordination, and general operations.

  • 00:55

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

    in Politics

    This week features the co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Strategies for Change, Rachael Sharp, to talk with us about their work to bridge the social divides and engage communities on all sides by mobilizing arts and education for social justice.


    Rachael is a passionate artist, activist, and educator who works in a variety of creative mediums, specializing in popular education, applied theater, dance, and movement. She holds a Master of Arts from the Gallatin School at New York University, and has completed professional training programs with Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, Dominic Barter, and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU, where she received the Nia award for outstanding work in the arts and social justice. Through her work, Rachael has had the opportunity to facilitate innovative social justice education and arts programs for people of all ages, as well as supporting nonprofit organizations with communications, program coordination, and general operations.

  • 01:01

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

    in Politics

    In light of Martin Luther King Day and the fifth anniversary of Citizens United this week, we feature an excerpt from Dr. King's Beyond Vietnam speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967. Following this speech, we talk with National Leadership Team members Daniel Lee and George Friday about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and its connection with the Democracy Movement.


    You can listen to the full speech here.

  • 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.

  • 01:00

    Move to Amend Reports w/Laura Bonham & Egberto Willies

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    Join us for a discussion with Massachusetts Move to Amend affiliate coordinator Michael Louis Ippolito to talk with us about the People's Climate March and the global ecological threat posed by man-made climate change.


    Michael is an organizer and activist who received his bachelors degree in Physics from Bridgewater State University. His scientific work is focused on the climate crisis and the strategic steps that need to be taken to confront this crisis. Michael has taught science and math on many academic levels to a variety of students, from gifted students to students in alternative schools. He has also taught science, math & English abroad in South Africa as a part of a capacity-building and educational development project he created. He has been a part of the Occupy Movement from the beginning of the encampments and continues to organize with them through the present day. 


    Global Climate Convergence take place every other Thursday night at 9pm EST, you can register for this call here.


    Occupy Grassroots calls. They hold their calls every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 9pm EST, you can register for this call here. 


    Move to Amend local affiliate has a conference call on the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm EST, you can register for this call here.


     


     

  • 00:31

    Move to Amend Richard Lentz & Sarah Scudder featured on KMUD

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    Richard Lentz & Sarah Scudder moves Move To Amend's work forward. They were featured on KMUD.

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