Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series (Fall 2019)

November 12, 2019

DATE: September 23, October 28 and November 25
TIME: 6:00-6:30 pm Social Gathering; 6:30-8:30 pm Program
PLACE:  Ramsey County Library - Shoreview
ADDRESS: 4560 North Victoria Street,  Shoreview, MN 55126

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

Study sessions developed by Move to Amend & sponsored & facilitated by MN Move to Amend State Network.  Content and Order are subject to change.

September 23 - For Profit Prisons - Misuse of Corporate Power (articles & speaker)  As Minnesota has more immigrants per capita than any other state this issue is very important here.  Are for-profit prisons receiving taxpayer dollars from Minnesotans?  GEO, formerly Wackenhut, CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America, and other for-profit prison corporations benefit from increased profits by holding asylum seekers for months before they are processed.

October 28 - Negotiating Partnerships (video)  As agents of personal, business, and social change, many of us understand that we cannot use dominator tactics to create the partnership world we want. However our best intentions to operate with the mindsets and behaviors of partnership can be challenged when we attempt to solve problems or negotiate new agreements with people who come to the table with diverse points of view and power-over tactics.

November 25 - Emergent Fascism In The U.S. - Historical And Current Implications For Social Justice Organizing (articles)  The fundamental characteristic of fascism is corporate economic power merged with the political power of the State.  The 21st century global fascism of the corporate State is in response to the destruction of the current capitalist economic system wrought by the economic revolution in production technology. A fascist program is being implemented by a global capitalist class to protect private property. In countries around the world, fascist economic and political policies have been maturing by varying degrees over the past two decades, and an effort to further privatize the commons is underway. This, along with a concerted effort to continue to concentrate wealth in the hands of the few, or to address climate-related disasters and chaos due to global warming, is critical for understanding how to effectively resist and win the struggle for democracy rooted in social and economic justice.