A diverse group of activists, organizers, artists, educators, students and elected officials from around the U.S. is gearing up for the 2017 Democracy Convention, being held in the Twin Cities next week.
The women's marches held across the world during the weekend are over, but as far as Alexus Moses is concerned, the activism is just getting started.
"After this there needs to be more. If we just stop and we let it stop here, nothing will change. It always needs to be a movement," the Winona State University student said.
Shortly after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, some Winona residents will come together for their own inauguration event.
“It’s a chance for people to connect and feel a sense of camaraderie and solidarity,” said Jean Lauer, who is organizing “The People’s Inauguration” — scheduled for Jan. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Broken World Records in Winona.
“We want to provide an alternative to the overall heavy feeling that many people have right now,” she said. “We want to create hope and lighten the spirit of the day a little bit.”
For voters asking what can be done to keep billionaires from buying elections, Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections (MnCCE), which Sturdevant mentions, is one viable option. Another is Move to Amend. MTA is a national organization with several chapters throughout Minnesota and in all 50 states. Its goal is to amend the Constitution to reverse the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United that is being used to funnel unlimited billions of dollars through our political system.
Engaged citizens across Minnesota urge political hopefuls to fight corporate corruption of government.
By now, David Cobb's visits to Duluth are enough to garner the attention of mainstream politics.
"We started out with 12 people in a living room in 2010," said Cobb of his movement to limit the influence of money on elections by amending the Constitution. "Now we've got 75 affiliates with 405,000 people and growing."
This is an update about where things stand with Citizens United at the local, state, and national level. Our local Duluth MTA now has over 350 FB members. Our state now has over 10,600 members, starting from just a few hundred three years ago, while our national movement now has over 400,000 members. Move to Amend is now working in coordination wth dozens of other like-minded organizations. Thanks for taking the time to consider this.
The News Tribune’s Feb. 16 editorial resisted amending our Minnesota Constitution through a ballot process, as outlined in our Minnesota Constitution (Our View: “Don’t let politics alter Constitution”).
The editorial agreed that a problem exists with openness and transparency in Minnesota government but did not agree that the people should be allowed to vote to fix the problem. While the editorial may be correct that the House majority may be counted on to vote as a caucus on this effort to make Minnesota politics more open and transparent, this has gone on for far too long.