Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series (2019)

January 11, 2019

Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series (2019)

DATE: 4th Monday of each month, except in May (3rd Monday)
TIME: 6:00-6:30 pm Social Gathering; 6:30-8:30 pm Program
PLACE:  West 7th Mississippi Market
ADDRESS: 1500 West 7th Street, St Paul  55102

Pre-Register at saintpaul [at] to receive readings in advance of the discussions.  Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line.

January 28 - Other Constitutions & Imagining Another (video)  What is missing to ensure justice and democracy?  We all know many people were excluded from the US Constitution.  What are the implications today and what do we need to do about them?  Daniel Lee, National Board, Greg Coleridge, National Staff and Mila Versteeg presented at the 2018 Leadership Summit.  Ms. Versteeg earned law degree from Tilburg University (Netherlands) and Harvard Law School and a D.Phil. in socio-legal studies from the University of Oxford.

February 25 - Net Neutrality & Democracy (articles)  “No American can be a fully-functioning citizen, nor can our country be a fully-functioning democracy, with an Internet where both access and content are controlled by gatekeepers more interested in the bottom line than in helping create opportunity for the rest of us.” - Michael Copps,”Net Neutrality is a Civil Rights Issue.”

March 25 - We the People 2.0 (video) The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling and mines in their communities. We learn with them that the reason why, in spite of all their efforts, they “get what they don’t want, again and again,” is because they are, by law, truly powerless in spite of propaganda that says they live in the “best democracy in the world.” These people come to understand that the reason they can’t stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people.

April 22 - Capitalism & Democracy (articles)  Is the practice of capitalism the same as democracy in action? If not, is one necessary for the other to thrive? And where does “free enterprise” come into the equation? These questions are important to understanding why our government is the way it is--rather than the way it could be.

May 20 - Divided We Fall (video) (3rdMon) “Nonviolent mass insurgencies are rare, spontaneous, and unpredictable creatures. The trick is, how to make the most of one when it emerges? The 2011 Wisconsin Uprising was one such beautiful creature, a largely organic movement that united tens of thousands of people in a weeks-long public protest.”   Writer/director Katherine Acosta, Twelfth House Films.