The mission of the We The People organization is:
The We The People organization
The organization includes two separate corporations which are connected by a mutuality of purpose: 1) the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, which is an educational corporation that cannot engage in political activity and is supported by tax-deductible donations; and 2), the We The People Congress, which is a membership corporation which can engage in political activity and is supported by membership dues.
What we see, more and more, is that the way the government is operating is in sharp contrast to the way it was designed to work. The situation continues to deteriorate. The country appears to be rushing headlong into debt, dependency and decay. Notably, the judiciary is not the independent, co-equal branch of the government that it was designed to be. Instead, the record shows that when it comes to challenges to governmental behavior, by ordinary, nonaligned citizens, the judiciary is likely to cooperate with the executive and/or legislature in a collective decision, even if that decision denies to the citizens their unalienable rights. To make matters worse, the departure from an essential, fundamental principle in the one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third and so forth, until, as Jefferson warned, "the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automations of misery…."
We have also learned is that when it comes to confronting uncivil and unjust government (as when government steps outside the boundaries drawn around its power by the written constitutions), education of citizens, by citizens, will often be for naught unless that education is coupled with demands on the government by a critical mass of concerned citizens. As Frederick Douglas said in 1849, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they have resisted with either words, or blows, or by both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress."
The extra-governmental processes available to the general citizenry to help governments at all levels return to a genuine allegiance to the federal and state constitutions and to govern in conformity with their requirements are, basically, popular education and political activism. Under our circumstances, one without the other is of no avail.
The need for popular education has at least two causes: first, the failure of the public schools to teach the history, meaning, effect and significance of every provision of the founding documents -- the essential principles; and, second, the need for the citizenry to always be vigilant and conscious about their right to intelligently, professionally and rationally confront unconstitutional and illegal behavior by those wielding governmental power.
The need for political activism becomes apparent as we realize that constitutional governance is simply not possible through existing political and governmental processes due in large part to the control and influence the major political parties have over the selection and behavior of our legislators, governors and judges and the influence various special interests and monied institutions have over our political and governmental leaders, creating a virtual impossibility of reform.
A citizen-oriented pro-constitution movement in New York State settled upon two organizations, one (a Foundation) to fulfill the need for popular education and the other (a Congress) to fulfill the need for political activism. Both were incorporated on November 24, 1997. Their Certificates of Incorporation were amended on December 15, 2001 in recognition of the fact that as of 1999, their activities were no longer confined to New York State.
The We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education has been established to fulfill the need for popular education including more information, awareness, and knowledge about the Declaration of Independence and every provision of the federal and state constitutions, about the sovereignty of the people whose will the constitutions are designed to express, and about the government they are meant to control through their constitutions. Its educational program works to inform the public, increase awareness, and encourage appropriate government reform through constitutional processes.
The Foundation is designed to carry out the broad scale educational program required to counteract the public ignorance and apathy we see as hampering the development of citizen vigilance and the acceptance of popular sovereignty essential to the proper governance of our constitutional democratic republics. The Foundation is an organization devoted to the a-political, public interest, teaching of civility "content" and the expression of the Jeffersonian ideal of a way of life rooted in constitutionality and civic action.
Conceptually, the Foundation exercises philosophical leadership in the total program. Eventually, combining a highly professional public education program with the penetrating analytical and legal activity and advocacy of a public- interest law firm, the Foundation is a source of vital information and education, supportive funding and professional legal undertakings on behalf of situations and individuals suffering from non-constitutional governance, all aimed at "the re-invigoration of constitutional constraints on government."
The We The People Congress has been established for the purpose of developing in the public forum, from the ordinary, non-aligned citizenry, a constituency committed to what Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to as a "militant, non-violent, mass-movement" with the goal of achieving substantial reforms in the structure and process of government, through political activism.
The Congress is designed as an advocacy organization, to carry the message vocally and politically to the people and to the various legislative and administrative organizations of government, seeking to influence attitudes of the body politic and legislative actions. This is an organization separate from the Foundation, institutionally, but connected by a mutuality of purpose.
The Congress will, by rational, intelligent and professional means make it difficult for those currently wielding political and governmental power to continue in power with a "business as usual" approach and lead the people toward significant improvements in our system of governance. We recognize that the acknowledgment of popular sovereignty as a social and political force is a fundamental need. The Congress is committed to achieving its purposes by all possible means short of violence.
The Foundation and the Congress recognize that the requirements for changes in governmental structure and process will include, but not necessarily be limited to: the clarification of the federal power to tax; the teaching in our schools of the history, meaning, effect and significance of every provision of our founding documents; increased accountability, ethics and efficiency; the clarification and strengthening of public-debt-limiting restrictions; the clarification and strengthening of the prohibitions regarding the gifting of public funds for private purposes; legislative reform including the strengthening of representative democracy and participatory democracy; a reduction in and control over the cost and secrecy of the legislatures; easier access to the ballot for independents and party insurgents; weakening of the power of political parties and of government in general; weakening of the desire of special interests to influence legislative bodies; non-partisan elections; a judiciary that is more independent and accountable; and, laws which do not favor public education over private education.
Certificates of Incorporation and By-Laws