Politics Blog

Move to Amend gearing up for signature campaign

I said last month we should be hearing more from Move to Amend, a national movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Bottom line: Corporations wouldn't get constitutional protections, and money isn't speech.

The state chapter of Move to Amend, which goes by "WAmend," is trying to get Initiative 1329 on the November ballot. 

The goal is to reduce the influence of money on elections, so it seems fitting that signature gathering for I-1329 will be a volunteer-only effort. WAmend wants to gather 360,000 signatures in the state by July 1.

One of 10 local chapters in the state, Move to Amend Whatcom, just formed and is hosting a meeting on Sunday to prepare volunteers.

The meeting is 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Cordata Food Co-op (upstairs, Local Roots Room), 315 Westerly Road, Bellingham. Parking is recommended at Christ the King Church/the old Cost Cutter, 4131 Meridian St. 

At least 150 volunteers are lined up so far in Whatcom County, according to Kim Jordan, WAmend's northwest Washington field coordinator. Jordan will be at Sunday's meeting to discuss the initiative and talk campaign strategy. WAmend is looking for more than signature gatherers. They are taking people who can coordinate a team, do data entry, help with mailings, etc.

Petitions should be available around Super Bowl weekend (that's Feb. 2 for those who don't follow football), so start looking for the people with the clipboards after that. The Whatcom chapter has a goal of 12,000 signatures.

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Here's a rundown of the information as it was provided by Jordan via email:

  WAmend volunteers in Whatcom are making plans right now for the I-1329 WE THE PEOPLE Initiative Campaign
What: Whatcom Field Team Meeting in Bellingham When: Sunday January 26th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm Where: Cordata Food Co-op (upstairs in Local Roots Room) 315 Westerly Rd. Bellingham WA 98226 best place to park will be at the old Cost Cutter (at 4131 Meridian Street - now Christ the King Church) I-1329 petitions are arriving in 1.5 weeks - and we are getting ready to cover the area for signature collection. Thanks to you we already have 150 volunteers ready to be mobilized all over Whatcom County.

We're putting together a Whatcom Field Team that will manage the volunteers and make sure we get enough signatures.

Our Agenda: - volunteer sign in and introductions - short video on our movement featuring speaker Jeff Clements (Free Speech for People) - I-1329 Whatcom Field Strategy Overview - Petition Signature Collection Process Overview and Tips - Field Team activities

Can you help contact volunteers, or captain a specific petitioning location? Are you good at list, calendar or other data updates? Would you like to help train petitioners or help with mailings?

Please come to our Whatcom I-1329 Campaign Kickoff and be a part of this amazing all-volunteer citizen movement!

If you are only interested in petition work - if you do not have time to be on the local field team, you can come to one of our many shorter 'Petition Training' meetings. At these sessions you can pickup petitions and get all the materials you'll need to gather signatures. We'll even have some role-playing practice time for those folks who have never collected State Initiative signatures before...

The first 2 Petition Trainings sessions have been scheduled as follows: (we will remind folks in 2 weeks)

Sat 2/8 10:30am - 12 noon Re-Sources (Sustainable Living Center) (behind the ReStore and up the stairs) 2309 Meridian St. Bellingham, WA 98225

Sun 2/9 2:30pm-4:00pm Downtown Food CO-OP Meeting Room in the Connections Building - at south end of the parking lot 1220 N. Forest St. Bellingham WA 98225 Please, no parking in Co-op lot (unless disabled, of course)

Thank you - and I'll see you at one of these meetings soon.

Kim Jordan - I-1329 NW WA Field Manager