Join us for a two day, virtual, participatory process where we’ll:
– Level up our understanding of rights, constitutions, constitutional renewal processes, corporate power, settler-colonialism, and codifying movement demands
– Have participatory small group breakouts to identify the current moment, envision a better world, and begin planning for how to get there
– Build coalitions, build community, share our experiences and ideas
– Synthesize our movement demands in a constitutional framework
– Be bold, visionary, revolutionary, and joyful
This People’s Movement Assembly- Towards a Peoples Constitution is a process designed for those who are ready to imagine a better world and a constitution that protects People and Planet, not corporations and profit.
This is not a space to debate if we should renew the constitution, but rather, what’s our vision for a Peoples Constitution. The following assumptions are the starting point for this PMA. Please join us if you are at least mostly in agreement with these assumptions.
– The USA is not now, nor has it ever been a functioning democracy.
The United States was founded on stolen land and built using stolen labor from enslaved people.
– The US Constitution was created by and for the wealthy elite of the era – excluding most people living on the land at the time of its crafting. Specifically, the Constitution was written to protect and represent white men with money and/or land.
– The US Constitution is a property rights document, not a human rights document.
– The US Constitution was used to perpetuate and legalize attempted genocide, white supremacy and racism, male domination over women, and class oppression. It took mass social movements—broad, deep, conscious, organized and educated—to make marginal improvements in this country. With each hard-won expansion of suffrage, the governing elite devised mechanisms to shrink what effect the vote could have.
– Any movement that wants to actually create a new world must create new institutions (including new legal institutions) that meet people’s needs without destroying the planet that we depend upon for life itself.
– All law should be contingent on and subordinate to the highest laws — unalienable rights shared equally by all. Because “unalienable rights” are /should be the things most highly valued by society and immune from regulation / limitation. The establishment, protection and enforcement of Unalienable Rights must be the constitution’s reason for being and should direct freedom to govern in all things, in the hands of each community, except wherein a law would limit or violate anyone’s Unalienable Rights.
– The constitution of any country at its best reflects its collective inspirations and aspirations. It defines the legal framework of how people structure their society — politically, economically, and socially. Moreover, constitutions are moral or ethical documents — designating what is right and wrong — with profound implications on literally every aspect of the lives of people, their communities, country and the natural world.
– The US Constitution should be renewed or rewritten to account for new generations and circumstances, and should exist as a living document which reflects the challenges and opportunities of the times.
– In order to move towards new systems and a new foundational document, we must be bold and visionary in imagining a better world.
– The ultimate goal of mass movements is not only to change the culture, but to codify movement demands into laws and, more importantly, rights.
Read more and RSVP at MoveToAmend.org/PMA