DENVER, CO: Move to Amend Southwest! Regional Convergence (past event)

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:30pm to Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 12:00pm
Teamsters Local 455 Waterfront Event and Conference Center
10 Lakeside Lane
80212 Denver, CO

225Move to Amend is holding seven regional gatherings across the United States in 2012. These events will bring you together with Move to Amend activists and supporters from throughout your region of the country. Let’s amplify and multiply the power of all that great local organizing by building deeper organizational connections. Let's kick it up a notch!


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Convergence Agenda

Session 1: Friday, November 9, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Laying the Foundation)

*The State of the Global & US Democracy Movement 
This session will lay the groundwork for our weekend together. We’ll address the state of our movement(s) on a national and global scale and discuss the political climate for systemic social change in the United States.

Session Speakers:

  • Miriam Pena, Colorado Progressive Coalition
  • Theo Wilson, Hip Hop Poet and Barber Shop Talk 
  • Josh Hoffman, The 99 Percent Foundation
  • Lalo Montoya, Padres Y Jovenes Unidos (invited)
  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend

Session 2: Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Organizing Skills Focus)

*Getting Involved with Move to Amend (Starting a MTA Group) 
Introductory level. We’ll cover how to get started working with the Move to Amend campaign including forming a group, beginning public outreach and growing your capacity. You’ll hear from Move to Amend organizers who are leading successful local groups in the region who will share best practices and strategies that have worked in their communities.

Session Facilitators:

  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Leadership Team

*Running a Move to Amend Community Campaign 
Advanced level. You’ll hear from experienced grassroots organizers who have run political campaigns at the local level. We’ll discuss MTA’s 2012 Resolve to Amend campaign and how your community can get started running a resolution effort that maximizes public engagement and capacity building potential.

Session Facilitators:

  • Mary Lindsay, Kansas City Move to Amend
  • Leslie Cates, Pueblo, CO Move to Amend

Session 3: Saturday, November 10, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM (Strategy)

*Engaging Your Community on Corporate Constitutional Rights & the MTA Campaign 
Introductory level. We’ll cover how to engage and educate individuals and organizations in your community about the campaign to amend the Constitution. You’ll learn best practices and talking points for reaching out to diverse constituents in your community and increase your comfort level talking about Corporate Personhood and explaining how it impacts communities and individuals.

Session Facilitators:

  • Laura Bonham, Move to Amend National Leadership Team

*Imagining a New Democratic Framework for Corporations & Artificial Entities 
Advanced level. We’ll cover how the Move to Amend amendment will effect corporations, unions, non-profits and other organizations. You’ll learn the ramifications of the amendment and how the US legal and political system will adjust once corporations and other artificial entities cannot claim rights under the Constitution.

Session Facilitators:

  • Stephen Justino, Move to Amend National Leadership Team and Denver Metro Move to Amend
  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Leadership Team

Session 4: Saturday, November 10, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Strategy & Organizing Skills)

*Building a Multi-Racial Democracy Movement for Social Justice & Constitutional Renewal
This session will address why the emphasis of our movement(s) must be on confronting racism and other oppressions in order to win real democracy. The means are the ends in our struggles for social justice, and this session will provide a framework for why an anti-racism orientation is critical for our movement and how to instill that ethic and commitment within ourselves and our organizations. We will cover theory and practice.

Session Facilitators from MTA National Leadership Team:

  • Egberto Willies (Texas)
  • Laura Bonham (Utah)
  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (California)
  • Stephen Justino (Colorado)

Social Mixer: Saturday, November 10, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Fun!)

Mercury Cafe
2199 California Street Denver, CO 80205

Join us for a relaxed evening with your new and old Move to Amend friends. If you want to eat dinner at the Mercury Cafe, there are lots of tasty, affordable options. Or stop by for a drink after you dine elsewhere. No set program, just hanging out and having fun and deepening our relationships. Building community is a key piece of the social change puzzle!

Session 5: Sunday, November 11, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Capacity Building/Infrastructure)

*Building Capacity for the Work to Come: Strategy Discussion for MTA Organizers
We’ll brainstorm and discuss tools and infrastructure needs to better aid MTA organizers in the Northwest region. We’ll cover networking and capacity building infrastructure needs as well as steps toward Move to Amend organizing at the state level in the region.

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