We the People Dispatch
Contents of this Newsletter:
- Minnesota Pledge to Amend Campaign
- Local Affiliate Meetings
- Movement Building Education Democracy: What is It? Can We Have It? What Do We Need to Do?
- Constitution Day - September 17
- Dark Money Opens in Minneapolis - September 7
Minnesota Pledge to Amend Campaign
Be an Informed Voter in August 14 Primary
All candidates running for the Minnesota State House, as well as the candidates for the two Senate races and state executive offices have received a letter asking them to complete the Pledge to Amend questionnaire. Update (Aug 10) - Those who have responded are listed in the attached pdf.
ACTION: Constituent Follow-up. If you do not find a response from the candidates in your State House District, please give all candidates a call to let them know how important democracy of, by and for real people is to you. Ask them to complete the questionnaire.
Go to this list to find your candidates - List of candidates for Minnesota State House Districts.
Several media outlets throughout the state have been sent this information about the campaign. Please let us know if it is in your news source.
For more information about the Minnesota Pledge to Amend campaign please contact Jeff Clark at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.
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Local Affiliate Meetings
ACTION: Attend a Monthly Meeting
SAINT PAUL AREA
Contact: Jeff at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org
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Movement Building Education
ACTION - RSVP to attend the following training or if you are interested in having this training in your community, please email Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.
Democracy: What is It? Can We Have It? What Do We Need to Do?
DATES: September 6, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018
PREPARATION: For each session there are pre-session readings or videos. To receive them sign-up with Barbara Gerten at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org. Leave you name, phone number and email address.
Rights and Privilege Timeline (September 6). Three timelines make the connection between personhood, law, rights and privileges. In the first timeline we are introduced to legal decisions that gave corporations US Constitutional rights and privileges. Next we look at legal cases and legislation that included more people in “We the People” of the US Constitution. In the final timeline we present legal actions in which rights have been taken away due to race. This session is a stand alone event, however it provides an
excellent background for the following sessions. Educators, this event will fulfill Constitution Day instruction for students in high school and college.
Session 1: Democracy: What is It? Can We Have it? (September 20) Objective: Define democracy, political democracy, economic democracy, and participatory democracy. Learn how these distinctions are relevant to our fight against corporate rule. Explore how a democracy movement can incorporate these toward our strategies in order to win.
Session 2: Oppression and Democracy (September 27) Objective: Define oppression and solidarity and intersectionality, learn how corporate rule benefits from oppression, and learn how oppression damages democracy and our chances of winning this fight against corporate rule, and why we need an intersectional approach to understanding different people’s experiences.
Session 3: Abolitionist, Women’s Suffrage, Direct Election of Senators (October 4) Objectives: Learn from effective past movements: Abolitionist, Suffragist, direct election of senators, and explore how a democracy movement can incorporate past strategies to win our current fight against corporate rule.
Session 4: Intersectional Solidarity Organizing and Anti-Oppression -- Building a Culture of Trust and Safe Spaces (October 11) Objective: Learn about tools, culture, and processes that can help to make space for people with different life experiences, intersecting identities, and needs. Make a historical connection between the Women’s Suffrage Movement and gender justice today. Take lessons from the Civil Rights Movement.
Session 5: Division and Co-option (October 18) Objectives: Explore the ways that social justice movements can be co-opted, and learn how a democracy movement can avoid repeating those mistakes.
Session 6: Labor and Democracy (October 25) Objectives: Learn from an effective past social movement, the Labor Movement, and explore how a democracy movement can incorporate this toward our strategies to win the current fight against corporate rule.
Study sessions developed by Move to Amend and sponsored & facilitated by MN Move to Amend State Network. Content and Order subject to change https://movetoamend.org/democracy-what-it-can-we-have-it-what-do-we-need-do
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Constitution Day - September 17
Constitution Day commemorates the ratification of our current Constitution back on September 17, 1787. All schools receiving federal funds of any kind are mandated to teach about the Constitution on or about September 17.
The Rights and Privileges Timeline session on September 6 at the East Side Freedom Library is suitable for students in high school and college. Classes are welcome however space is limited so please RSVP.
DATES: September 6, 2018 TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm PLACE: East Side Freedom Library ADDRESS: 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106 ACTION: RSVP. Reserve space with Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.
The audience participates in presenting the three timelines to make the connection between personhood, law, rights and privileges. In the first timeline legal decisions that gave corporations US Constitutional rights and privileges are introduced. Next we look at legal cases and legislation that included more people in “We the People.” In the final timeline we present legal actions in which rights have been taken away due to race.
If you would like to do this exercise in your classroom click here for the materials. To request someone from Move to Amend to facilitate contact Barbara at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.
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Dark Money Opens in Minneapolis
DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).
Dark Money will open at Landmark Theatres on September 7.
ACTION: Organize a group to attend and hold a discussion session following the film. Email a request to minnesota [at] movetoamend.org for a Move to Amend volunteer to attend the discussion.