We the People Dispatch: State Fair Action and Sept Meetings

August 23, 2018

We the People Dispatch

Contents of this Newsletter:

  • Amendment on a Stick (Aug 23-Sept 3)
  • Local Affiliate Meetings
  • Constitution Day Event (Sept 6) 
  • Dark Money Opens in Minneapolis (Sept 7)
  • Building a Democracy Movement:  Democracy: What is It? Can We Have It? What Do We Need to Do? (Sept 20-Oct 25)
  • Pledge to Amend Results (Candidates in General Elections)

Amendment on a Stick
State Fair Action


This is one item “on a stick” that will actually be good for you and for our democracy!

ACTION:  Fairgoers are invited to weigh in on hot political topics during their visit to the Minnesota State House and Senate booths. Stop by to leave this message for your Representative and Senator -

The Minnesota legislature must call on Congress to adopt the following language for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

  1. Rights protected under the Constitution are the rights of natural person and not the rights of artificial entities and
  2. Money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Please champion this bill.  Make Minnesota the 20th state to make this request.

If you want to get creative, print the message out and glue it to a popsicle stick.  Both booths are in the Education Building, located on Cosgrove Street, just north of Dan Patch Avenue.

We need a U.S. Constitutional Amendment with BOTH points more than ever.

Enjoy the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

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Local Affiliate Meetings

ACTION:  Attend  a Monthly Meeting

SAINT PAUL AREA:  Put your interests and talents to work for democracy.
DATE:  Monday, September 24, 2018 (4th Monday each month)
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
PLACE:  Schmidt Artists Lofts, Bottle House
ADDRESS:   876 7th Street West, St Paul, MN  55102
Contact: Jeff at saintpaul [at] movetoamend.org

LAKES AREA:  Help promote the “We the People” amendment.
DATE: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (unconfirmed)
TIME: 5:00 - 6:00 pm social time; 7:00 pm meeting
PLACE: Sage on Laurel (unconfirmed)
ADDRESS: 606 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401
Contact: Roger at brainerd [at] movetoamend.org

MINNEAPOLIS AREA
DATE:  Thursday, September 13, 2018 (2nd Thursday each month)
TIME:  7:00-8:30 pm
PLACE:  Grace-Trinity Community Church (in Library)
ADDRESS: 1430 West 28th Street, Minneapolis , MM
Contact: Darold at minneapolis [at] movetoamend.org

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Constitution Day Event - Sept 6
Rights and Privileges Timeline

Constitution Day commemorates the ratification of our current Constitution back on September 17, 1787.   This event is for everyone; however all schools receiving federal funds of any kind are mandated to teach about the Constitution on or about September 17 and this would meet that requirement.  It is suitable for high school and college students.

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 - Sept 7

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.

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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 6, 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.

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: 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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Pledge to Amend Results
For
Candidates in General Election

ACTION:  Contact candidates in your MN State House District NOT on the attached list and ask that they go online to complete the questionnaire. Thank those who have responded.

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