The Unitarian Universalist congregation in Venice has endorsed Move To Amend and they mean it! Kindra Muntz pulled together a fantastic conference in Venice. Participants arrived from all over Southwest Florida. Arlene Sweeting and Diane Desenberg of the Manasota Move To Amend team were both presenters. During the conference, participants had a chance to get together in small groups to discuss what they could do locally to help defend our democracy.
Manasota Move To Amend pressed forward with the Manatee Board of County Commissioners during the Public Comment period of their June 7 meeting. Jaime Canfield, William Dennison, Mary Sheppard, and Frank Dellert took to the podium to catalog some of the problems associated with corporate power from a local perspective. This was their second attempt to speak. On May 24, a group of Move To Amend supporters did not get a chance to speak due to a large group that monopolized the microphone. They persevered and returned two weeks later.
"It is shameful on this celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. that we have to begin with a statement that black lives matter," said David Cobb with Move to Amend, a nonprofit organization that says their aim is to restructure society so everyone experiences their human rights. "Because of course that's true, but yet our racist country conduct itself as if it's not true."