Move to Amend Reports on Robin & Laird Monahan and the Racial Healing Video Selfie Challenge

May 11, 2015

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This week features two segments: actor, filmmaker and anti-racism activist Dixon D. White talks about his viral YouTube videos and the Racial Healing Video Selfie Challenge, and Move to Amend grassroot organizers Robin Monahan and Tom Starkey talk about Robin & Laird Monahan’s Walk Across the United States raising awareness about corporate constitutional rights and money as speech.

Dixon D. White is the pseudonym of an actor, filmmaker, and anti-racism activist from the American South. White was raised in rural Tennessee, the product of a white mother and Cuban father—with whom he did not have a lot of contact. In his now popular YouTube videos, White speaks about how he grew up in a white supremacist environment, and how that shaped his views until he was about 18 years old and headed off to college. It was his college experience, which included a black roommate, that changed his views about black people, and he’s since called himself an anti-racist writer and speaker. He now challenges other white people to talk about white supremacy on Youtube.

Robin Monahan was born in Grand Rapids,  Minnesota, and graduated from International Falls High School. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Viet Nam, he graduated from the College of St. Scholastica. After retiring from a 28 year nursing career in 1998, he became a stay at home dad aond home schooled his son through the fourth grade. Robin became politically active after January 2010, when the U.S. Supreme Court, in their ruling on the Citizens vs. the Federal Elections Commission, declared “corporations, for the sake of the law, are persons.” After walking across the United States from May to October 2010, with his brother Laird, to raise awareness about the issue of corporate personhood, Robin became a volunteer for Minnesota Move To Amend, helping to organize natural persons in Minnesota to support the need for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment that says that only natural persons have Constitutional rights, and that money is not speech.

Tom Starkey lives in Duluth, MN. and presently works as a builder/carpenter in Northern MN & N.W. WI. He grew up in Iowa has lived and went to school in N.W. Ontario, Canada. He has been a volunteer activist/organizer for many years and is the co-organizer for Duluth Area Move To Amend.

 

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