ESRA: Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution

Please sign and endorse the ESRA.

This Amendment intends to:

  • Protect the planet and its inhabitants from environmentally destructive economic arrangements and behavior, and to increase environmental responsibility on the part of all corporations and government bodies.
  • Increase U.S. citizens’ democratic control over American economic and political institutions and ensure that all people, regardless of income, have the same electoral clout and power to shape policies and programs.
  • Promote the well-being of citizens of the United States by recognizing that our well-being depends on the well-being of the planet and all its inhabitants, which in turn requires an end to poverty, wars, and violence, and the rise of a new global ethic of genuine caring and mutual interdependence.

Read the full proposed Amendment here, and understand more about it by reading the Q&A here.

View and download a printable color page flyer (legal size) for gathering signatures here.

We at the NSP also support proposed amendments that would simply overturn the Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court. We advance this not as an alternative but an additional campaign for the following reason: when Citizens United is overturned, we will revert to the previous situation in which corporations nevertheless held immense power to shape electoral outcomes and thereby subverted the democratic process. A campaign for an amendment requires a huge expenditure of energy over the course of many, many years. If we are to do that, why not use that energy to put forward an amendment that would actually achieve the goal of enhancing the power of ordinary Americans in elections and would make a substantial advance in protecting the environment? So while also supporting a shorter version, we are calling on Americans to also support the ESRA.

Please sign and endorse the ESRA.

For our explanation of why we have written it this way, as printed in the September/October 2010 issue of Tikkun, in the Q&A here.

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