We the People Dispatch: National Director to Visit MN

September 12, 2018

We the People Dispatch

Contents of this Newsletter:

● Speaking Tour:  Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Director
○ Faith Communities - October 10
○ Labor & Democracy (open to all) - October 11
○ We the People vs. Corporate Rule:  It’s Up to Us! (open to all) - October 13

● Building a Democracy Movement - Democracy: What is It? Can We Have It? What Do We Need to Do? (Sept 20-Oct 25)

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Speaking Tour:  Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap,
Move to Amend National Director

ACTION:  For Clergy, Religious Educators, Church & Society and Justice Committees,
Denominational, Ecumenical & Interfaith Organization Officers—

Move to Amend Information/Endorsement Event for FAITH COMMUNITIES

YOU ARE INVITED to meet and converse with Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Director and Leaders of Minnesota Move to Amend Affiliates.

Move to Amend is a nationwide, non-partisan effort calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 10  
TIME:  11:30 am  - Meet and Greet and Box Lunch followed by Program
PLACE:  Oak Grove Presbyterian Church
ADDRESS:  2200 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, 55431

PROGRAM·        

Move to Amend -- What is it?  Current State of the Movement
o   Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director
·         Endorsements by Congregations  —  Why and How?
o   Rev. Bill Chadwick, Oak Grove Presbyterian
o   Rev. Adam Blons, Macalester Plymouth United
·         Democracy’s Religious Roots
o   Rev. Roger Grussing, Co-chair Lakes Area MTA
·         Q&A & Conversation with Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap & local Move to Amend  leaders


Labor & Democracy - Open to All

Session 4 of a 6-session Movement Building Education Program

DATE:  Thursday, October 11
TIME:  6:00-8:00.
PLACE:  East Side Freedom Library
ADDRESS:   1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN  55106
ACTION:  You all come.

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.

There are pre-session readings or videos.  To received them sign-up with Barbara Gerten at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org.  Please leave your name and  phone number.

 

We the People vs. Corporate Rule:  It’s Up to Us! - Open to All

Mark your calendars for a presentation on the movement to end corporate rule and get big money out of politics! 

DATE:  Saturday, October 13
TIME:  7:00-9:00 pm
PLACE:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester
ADDRESS:  1727 Walden Lane, Rochester, MN  55902
ACTION:  You all come.

Move to Amend, the national campaign to end Corporate Personhood and get big money out of politics, in collaboration with Social Justice Council of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, Rochester Friends Meeting, SE MN Alliance of Peacemakers, Move to Amend and MN Move to Amend State Network, invite you to a presentation on the topic of challenging corporate rule and creating authentic democracy.

“Corporate Personhood” commonly refers to the court-created precedent that gives corporations constitutional rights intended solely for human beings. This corporate perversion of constitutional rights is directly tied to the inability of We the People and our government to address increasingly devastating environmental, economic, and social justice issues.

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, the National Director of Move to Amend, will give a historical overview of how over a century of Supreme Court rulings have bestowed corporations with constitutional rights.  Community members will learn how to work with those we elect in November to grow a grassroots movement to get big money out of politics. This will be followed by Q&A, discussion and next steps for local action.  It is also is an opportunity to talk with Kaitlin about the intersection of corporate rule and the local issues they work to overcome.

For more information on this event contact: Barbara Gerten at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org 651-470-7781.  https://movetoamend.org/minnesota

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Building a Democracy Movement

ACTION - RSVP to attend the following sessions in movement building for democracy or if you are interested in having this offered 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?

2018 Schedule
(revised August 11, 2018)

DATES: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
PLACE: East Side Freedom Library
ADDRESS: 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

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.

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: Labor and Democracy (October 11)
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.

Session 5: Intersectional Solidarity Organizing and Anti-Oppression -- Building a Culture of Trust and Safe Spaces (October 18)
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 6: Division and Co-option (October 25)
Objectives: Explore the ways that social justice movements can be co-opted, and learn how a democracy movement can avoid repeating those mistakes.

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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