Democracy is No Joke - MTA Ohio 5th Annual Gathering

March 22, 2017

Move to Amend Ohio Network 5th Annual Gathering
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm (doors open at 8:30 am)
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
93 W. Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, OH 43214

Keynote speaker • workshops • action planning • People’s Assembly • local reports of MTA victories in 2016

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Keynote Speaker: DENNIS KUCINICH at 1:00 pm
* Political analyst and regular contributor on FOX, CNN, C-Span * 2004 & 2008 Democratic
Presidential Candidate * former US Congressman, State Senator, & Cleveland Mayor

Join us on April Fools’ Day to debunk several long-standing constitutional hoaxes — including the legal fictions that corporations are “persons” and money is equivalent to “free speech” — and together build the growing national movement to create real democracy.

COST:       $5.00 Donation; 

LUNCH:  Catered by Freedom a la Cart… or bring your own. Box lunches include a side salad, a salty snack, & a sweet treat. Cost is $12 per box. (Part of this cost will cover the delivery, drinks, and other snacks). Boxed-lunches must be ordered in advance. Email Sandy at sbolzenius72 [at]


8:30  Doors Open

9:00-9:30  Gather & Sign-In

9:30-9:45  Welcome

9:45-10:00  Coordinating Committee Nominations/upcoming election

10:00-10:15  Affiliate/Partner Introduction – Goals & Accomplishments

10:15-10:30  Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Director / Topic: Move to Amend 10-year plan

10:30-12:00  Peoples’ Assembly

12:00-1:00  Lunch Break

1:00-1:55  Keynote: Dennis Kucinich, “Ending Corporate Personhood & Money as Speech”

1:55-2:15  Break

2:15-3:15  Workshop Sessions I (choose 1)
     1. Compare/Contrast the Top 4 Proposed Anti-Citizens-United Amendments 
     2. Move to Amend Resources – Educational and Organizing (includes Manual: How to Put a Citizen's Initiative on the Ballot)
     3. How to Spot and Stop Privatization of Public Services at the Local Level (charter schools, prisons, municipal services)

3:15-3:20  Break

3:20-4:15  Workshop Sessions II (choose 1) (Some Facilitators yet to be confirmed)
     1. Power Mapping – Strategize to Meet Your Goals
     2. Intersectionality – Making Move to Amend Your Second Issue--connecting MTA to other issues (immigrant rights, health care)
     3. How Move to Amend Addresses Emerging Political Movements: Our Revolution, Pantsuit Nation, Black Lives Matter, Ohio Student Association (Draining the Swamp - Facing the Alligator; 2016 Election

4:20-4:30  WRAP-UP: An Empowered People’s Response-Inspiring Change
(Discussion, debate and decisions on projects and activities over
the next year)

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