April 27, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: WE WON THE FIRST ROUND
SB 254 passed out of the Elections & Redistricting Committee.
A BIG THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
Your activism made the difference!
We'll have more details soon...
Please sign our petition for SB 254 - The New Overturn Citizens United Act
March 28, 2016
This will be a busy week.
Today the campaign to load co-authors on to SB 254, The New Overturn Citizens United Act, begins.
Every member of the California Legislature should sign on to this bill. SB 254 reinstates a lawfully passed bill, a constitutionally protected "right to instruct" ballot measure originally passed by the CA Legislature in 2014.
California voters would have had their say in 2014 if the CA Supreme Court had not defied all their own precedents and altered their legal standard (this is so unusual) in order to remove Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act, from the November 2014 California ballot (they voted 5 to 1 to remove.) This was unprecedented and as it turns out, spectacularly wrong.
A year and a half after the August 11, 2014 removal, the Court decided (6 to 1) that Prop 49 was always legitimate. Then, instead of placing the Overturn Citizens United Act on the 2016 ballot, the logical and just remedy (it's called "reforming the date" and they do it all the time, but notably not this time,) the Court said the legislature could pass another bill instead.
Not only have California voters been denied their franchise twice by a reckless CA Supreme Court , but the urgency for America to have a grown-up discussion about the country we're creating (and its impact on the world) is writ larger every day.
If you don't know who represents you or you don't have their website handy click here. Enter your address to find a clickable link to the websites and contact info of your State Senator and Assembly Member.
Call or email - or call and email. Tell them to sign on as a co-author to SB 254, The New Overturn Citizens United Act.
Every California Legislator has received a letter from Sen. Ben Allen to co-author his bill, SB 254.
Co-authors so far are Senators. Mark Leno, Loni Hancock, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Bob Wieckowski and Bill Monning (If one of these is your rep a call of support is always welcomed - and none of these co-authors' districts has an Assembly co-author, so if you're only making one call, call the Assembly!)
The more co-authors on the bill the harder it becomes for Governor Jerry Brown to deny Californians the right to speak and vote and instruct our representatives to pass a 28th Amendment. (You may remember that our Governor was not a fan of SB 1272, the original Overturn Citizens United Act, and allowed it "to go to the ballot without [his] signature."
Click here to find your legislators.
These calls will be critical to building the momentum we''ll need raise California's voice demanding that the people of America determine the policies and priorities of Americans.
March 2, 2016
The California Supreme Court's shameful behavior has left California voters disenfranchised again in 2016!
Now the California Legislature must act swiftly to enfranchised the California Voters whom the Court, by its unprecedented interference in a legitimate election, has repeatedly harmed.
Call your CA Legislators today. Tell them to pass a new bill. Tell them Californians want to VOTE to Overturn Citizens United this November. (Find your legislators here)
Last Wednesday the Court denied the Legislature's and the Restore 49 partners' writ to place Prop 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act directly onto the November 2016 ballot.
When the Court's 6 to 1 ruling on January 4th affirmed that Prop 49 was always legitimate MOVI, our Restore 49 partners and the California Legislature joined in an effort to urge the Court to do justice, clean up the mess they made and simply "reform the date" as the Court routinely does in cases when the Court's process extends beyond the implementation date of the law being challenged. The Court declined.
The only way The Overturn Citizens United Act will be on the November 2016 California ballot is if we act now, as we did in 2014, to show the CA Legislature by overwhelming citizen participation that voting to overturn Citizens United is a priority for California Voters and it should become a priority for the legislators who represent us.
Call your CA Assembly Member and Senator now. Tell them to make placing a November 2016 Voter Instruction ballot measure to overturn Citizens United a priority.
This will be another long campaign, like the one MOVI led in 2014. It is extremely frustrating to be forced by an unjust ruling to do exactly what we did before, but we must. All of us will need to act again and again. I hope we can count on your support throughout. The first step begins today.
Your CA Legislators need to hear from you. Tell them to Let The People Vote!
There will be in person actions in Sacramento and we'll let you know about those dates as they develop. The important thing you can do right now is call the legislature.
We are very sorry to have to report this injustice, but we shouldn't forget the degree to which the California Supreme Court misbehaved, turned precedent on its head, altered their own legal standard and otherwise turned itself inside out to keep the people of California from VOTING to overturn Citizens United. We cannot allow those who would silence us to win.
February 20, 2016
JOIN US FOR FOUR ACTIONS AT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT IN SAN FRANCISCO March 9, 16, 23 & 30th
On We The People Wednesdays, Californians will gather on the steps of the CA Supreme Court to demand the RIGHT TO VOTE on the critical issue at the heart of the corruption threatening our democracy – money in politics and Corporate Constitutional Rights.
When the California Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act, was always legitimate they did not order Prop 49 directly back on to the California November 2016 ballot.
The California Supreme Court made a mistake that they should correct! The Court’s unprecedented interference in our election is the only reason Californians were denied our RIGHT TO VOTE to Overturn Citizens United in 2014.
The Court has until April 1st to decide whether to enfranchise California voters
Restore 49 supporters submitted thousands of letters and over 113,000 petition signatures urging the Court to Let The People Vote, but the Court did not listen.
Now, on We The People Wednesdays, the Court will see the voters they disenfranchised in 2014 demanding to be enfranchised in 2016. Will they see you? RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/604509143034941
Join us for four Wednesdays in March (rehearing cases are only decided on Wednesdays) California voters have earned the right to VOTE to Overturn Citizens United.
JOIN US! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Prop 49, The Overturn Citizen United Act, will have another day in court.
January 20, 2016
Late yesterday the California Legislature filed for the Court to rehear HJTA v Padilla and Restore 49 to the November 2016 ballot as the Court should have done in its January 4th ruling. The filing became official earlier today.
An Amicus Letter was also filed by MOVI, Free Speech For People, California Clean Money Campaign, CALPIRG and Courage Campaign to demonstrate to the Court that Prop 49 was driven by citizen action, to offer the Court new information and to dispel any lingering belief the Court may have that Prop 49 was a calculated act by a partisan legislature to drive turnout.
Sorry to report from the Secretary of State's office that "no action was taken" despite our hundreds upon hundreds of phone calls and the over 10,000 emails our friends at California Clean Money Campaign generated. MOVI suggested to the SoS's office that Secretary Padilla might want to release a statement for these bitterly disappointed and still disenfranchised Californians who do not understand why he chose not to defend our right to vote.
Predictably, the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-citizens-united-20160106-story.html and the San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/diaz/article/Why-legislators-should-not-put-nonbinding-6744754.php have published op-eds that are both factually wrong and betray corporate media's interest in keeping The Overturn Citizens United Act off the California ballot.
Both articles repeat the lie that this bill was driven by a Democratic Legislature’s desire to drive turnout. We know that this was a campaign driven by California citizens outraged by the Citizens United decision. NOW, the Court has the proof in the form of an amicus letter detailing how we, the citizens, drove Prop 49 through the Legislature and to the ballot. Read the amicus letter and the Legislature's brief.
On January 13th the Sacramento Bee published Michele's op-ed calling on the CA Supreme Court to order Prop 49 directly onto the November 2016 California ballot.
On January 20th, the day after the brief and the amicus letter were filed the Court gave itself an extension until April 1st to consider the writ for rehearing.
Next MOVI Meeting
Saturday March 19 12-2pm
LAPD Community Room
4861 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Then it will be April 16th.
We're happy to share that The Most Influential Man in America Video won one of the weekly Democracy For All prizes and the overall funniest video at the #Democracy4All Video Challenge award ceremony.
California’s Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act had its day in Court...
And while the outcome won't be certain until the California Supreme Court hands down its decision, even the Los Angeles Times headline the following day read: "California's High Court Appears Ready to Allow Voters to Weigh in on Citizens United."
DOWNLOAD AND MAIL THE LETTER TO THE JUSTICES HERE
READ THE BRIEFS FILED WITH THE SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA
We Will Not Be Silenced!
For the latest update on Prop 49 and to volunteer to help the campaign visit the Yes on Prop 49 Campaign website.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE SB1272 COMMITTEE HEARING APRIL 22, 2014 WHERE WE TESTIFIED
Let's Go To The Movies!
Our partner film Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, which many of you had the opportunity to see at the 28th Amendment National Roadshow, is now available for purchase.
Please contact us at Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, to schedule a screening or event. The film features Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, John Nichols, Van Jones and many more.
Once you've seen the film, please also help get more people to see it by spreading the word (also think about rating or writing a review for it on your favorite movie sites when you see it there).
The film is an important tool for raising awareness about why we need to Overturn Citizens United!
Check out why Money in Politics affects every issue you care about with the
Money In Politics A To Z Guide from the Pay 2 Play team.