GAINESVILLE, FL: Move to Amend South! Regional Convergence

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:30pm to Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 12:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4225 NW 34th Street
32605 Gainesville , FL

Move 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, December 14, 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.

  • Pam McMichael serves as Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center. (Highlander played a critical role in the civil rights movement as a strategy and training center. Participants included Rosa Parks, members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Septima Clark, Martin Luther King, Jr and many more). Pam is also a co-founder of Southerners on New Ground, a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South.
  • Jamaal Rose is a recent graduate of Florida A&M University, where he was a student leader and activist. He was a member of the  Florida A&M  mock trial debate team and served as statewide Coordinator of Black Youth Vote, helping to mobilize and engage young voters across the state of Florida. 
  • Muhammed Malik is a human rights advocate and social commentator, born and raised in Miami, Florida. He is the former Executive Director of CAIR (South Florida) and recently worked for the ACLU Florida as its Racial Justice and Voting Rights Specialist. Mr. Malik also works as a Co-Producer of the acclaimed "Let's Talk About It" weekly radio program, serves as a Boardmember of South Florida Interfaith Workers Justice, and sits on the Green Party's International Affairs Committee.
  • Leesa "George" Friday is the National Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Coordinator for the Independent Progressive Politics Network. George co-chairs the Green Party US Black and Women’s caucuses and the North Carolina Green Party. She has served on several boards and Steering Committees including the Institute for Southern Studies, FairVote, the Grassroots Policy Project, American Friends Service Committee, United for Peace and Justice, the US Social Forum National Planning Committee, and Move to Amend.
  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (moderator)

Saturday, December 15, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM (Opening & Welcome)

Session 2: Saturday, December 15, 9:30 AM – 11:00 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.

*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 3: Saturday, December 15, 11:15 AM – 12:45 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.

*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.

1:00-2:30 PM Lunch Break

We will be placing an order with Moe's Restaurant (mexican) on Friday night. The cost is $8.50/person for soft tacos. If you would like to participate in the order we will need payment when you check-in at the registration table on Friday night. There are also other additional restaurant options a short drive away.

Session 4: Saturday, December 15, 2:30 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.

Social Mixer: Saturday, December 15, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Fun!)

Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza
5200 Northwest 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606

Join us for a relaxed evening with your new and old Move to Amend friends. If you want to eat dinner at the Piesanos, 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, December 16, 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 Southern 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.

Different venue: Pride Community Center of North Central Florida (3131 Northwest 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609

Convergence Sponsors and Partners

Citizens' Co-op

Occupy Gainesville

Alachua County Democratic Party

High Springs Gardens

Veterans for Peace Gainesville Florida Chapter (14)