LOS ANGELES, CA: Move to Amend So-Cal! Regional Convergence

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 6:30pm to Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 12:00pm
Herrick Chapel at Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
90041 Los Angeles , CA

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, October 19, 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.

  • Emilio Lacques: Emilio is a youth organizer with Youth Justice Coalition. YJC is working to build a youth, family and prisoner-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in Los Angeles County’s and California’s juvenile injustice systems. Our goal is to dismantle policies and institutions that have ensured the massive lock-up of people of color; widespread police violence, corruption and distrust between police and communities; disregard of youth and communities’ Constitutional and human rights; the construction of a vicious school-to-jail track; and the build-up of the world’s largest network of juvenile halls, jails and prisons.
  • Kimberly King: Kimberly is a clinical psychologist who joined the CSULA Psychology Faculty in 1998. Her area of specialization is community psychology, with an emphasis on the effects of ethnic, gender, and class oppression on mental health. Kimberly's goal through teaching and mentoring students is to foster their development as scientists and their commitment to applying scientific knowledge to address problems in their communities and the society at large.
  • Michael Novick is a retired LAUSD school-teacher and life-long trade unionist. Author of "White Lies White Power/The Fight Against White Supremacy & Reactionary Violence," and editor of "Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education," Michael has been active in Occupy LA since its inception. He is the chair of the KPFK Local Station Board as an elected listener representative.
  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap: Kaitlin is Director of Democracy Unlimited. She is a co-founder of Move to Amend and serves on the National Executive Committee and manages the Field Organizing Team for the campaign. She served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the SmartMeme Project. She is also a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy and Local Democracy Fellow for Liberty Tree Foundation. In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.

Saturday, October 20, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM (Opening & Welcome)

Session 2: Saturday, October 20, 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, October 20, 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.

Lunch Break: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

There are several options for eating on campus, including the main dining facility, the "Cooler" which is more grab 'n' go, and the Coffee Bean coffee shop.  All hours and options are available here: http://www.oxy.edu/campus-dining/locations-hours. NO CREDIT CARDS -- all cash only.

Session 4: Saturday, October 20, 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, October 21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Fun!)

Coffee Table Bistro
1958 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90040
Join us for a relaxed evening with your new and old Move to Amend friends. If you want to eat dinner at Coffee Table Bistro, there are lots of tasty, affordable options. Or stop by for a drink after you dine elsewhere (The Eagle Rock Lounge is attached and under the same ownership). 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, October 21, 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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