Sandy Bolzenius rsvped +1 for ONLINE: The Immorality of the Climate Crisis & Corporate Rule 2020-09-22 10:17:09 -0700
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- Shannon Biggs, Co-founder of Movement Rights.
- Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, Senior Minister, First UU Church of Houston.
- Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director, Move to Amend.
The climate crisis is an existential (i.e. existence threatening) crisis to humans and other living entities. While current attention has understandably been on the pandemic and related economic crises -- the impact of human activities implemented through corporations are directly connected to the increasingly raging fires, hurricanes and and other effects of climate change that will only intensify unless we rapidly change direction.
Laws and regulations over decades have permitted corporations to treat nature as a resource to extract (e.g. land, water, trees, plants, minerals, fossil fuels, etc.) and a venue to dump their waste. Decisions by courts inventing constitutional rights are in large part responsible for this legal plundering and destroying of the natural world — as are the inabilities of We the People to:
- hold corporate leaders accountable for their pre-knowledge of environmental harms (including climate change), and,
- protect the health, safety and welfare of their communities.
This is politically undemocratic, economically unsustainable and environmentally cataclysmic. It’s also profoundly immoral and unethical based on faith and ethical principles. Human rights and rights of nature should be inalienable, not so-called “corporate rights" and the right to legally destroy the very environment that supports the existence of human beings and other living entities.
Join us as we proclaim the need for profound system change — in what we believe, how we think and how we act to affirm, protect and expand the intrinsic worth of people and nature over corporations and profit maximization.
After you RSVP you will be sent a link to join the Zoom call. Check your email to confirm receipt.WHENOctober 06, 2020 at 5pmWHEREOnline Zoom gathering
Sandy Bolzenius rsvped for OHIO: Resisting the Corporatization of Education and Food 2020-09-17 15:56:42 -0700
Move to Amend Ohio Network Quarterly Education Program
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Corporations increasingly influence — if not control — more and more aspects of our lives, regardless of who’s elected or what scandals are exposed. That’s because corporations not only have economic power, but political power — specifically constitutional “rights” — lots of them!
Hear from and connect with authoritative speakers who’ve been educating and organizing to protect people and communities from corporate influence and control in two critical arenas: public education and food/family farms — and what we can do to protect peoples rights over corporate rights.
10:00 AM - William Phillis - Executive Director - Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding
10:45 AM - Joe Logan, President, Ohio Farmers Union
Join us!WHENSeptember 26, 2020 at 10amWHEREVirtual event - please RSVP below
Peoples Movement Assembly - Towards a Peoples Constitution
The moment is ripe for change. A global pandemic has left unprecedented numbers of people without jobs, housing and healthcare. A swell of uprisings against police brutality have further exposed the deeply rooted white supremacy in our institutions. For over ten years, we have been facilitating conversations with People across the US about imagining what constitutional renewal could look like in this country. Now we're leveling up.
Saturday October 24th
10am - 3pm Pacific
1pm - 6pm Eastern
Sunday October 25th
10am - 1pm Pacific
1pm - 4pm Eastern
Join us for a two day, virtual, participatory process where we'll:
- Level up our understanding of rights, constitutions, constitutional renewal processes, corporate power, settler-colonialism, and codifying movement demands
- Have participatory small group breakouts to identify the current moment, envision a better world, and begin planning for how to get there
- Build coalitions, build community, share our experiences and ideas
- Synthesize our movement demands in a constitutional framework
- Be bold, visionary, revolutionary, and joyful
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What is a Peoples Movement Assembly?
The Peoples Movement Assembly is a participatory process which came to the US out of the World Social Forum, and has been used by many communities and assemblies for generations.
"The assembly is a constellation of social movement organizations and people that seek to govern themselves.
It is not a network, not a coalition, not an alliance, and not a political party. It is inclusive and not exclusive to one political line or ideology. It is a convergence of social forces.
The assembly process is based on the facilitation methodology of collective critical thinking and analysis, resulting in a synthesis that represents the sum organic total of all of the ideas and commitments. The social movement assembly results in action based on that synthesis.
The assembly is a decolonizing process. The assembly process is based on a theory of change that people can create processes that dismantle colonial and neocolonial systems while at the same time creating a new society.
At the heart of the assembly process is a project to dismantle patriarchy, racism, poverty, capitalism, oppression, exploitation, and violence while replacing those systems with movement governance and liberated institutions.
The assembly creates an open space for people to enter social movements and become active participants and leaders. The assembly is facilitated to encourage maximum participation in order to practice direct participatory democracy at the community level, within particular frontlines, and across social movements.
The assembly is multiracial, multigenerational, multi-ideological, and multi-gendered. The assembly brings all the voices together in a circular fashion and engages the thinking, experiences, and visions of all the participants in order to synthesize and collectively agree on action steps." - PeoplesMovementAssembly.org
This People's Movement Assembly- Towards a Peoples Constitution is a process designed for those who are ready to imagine a better world and a constitution that protects People and Planet, not corporations and profit.
This is not a space to debate if we should renew the constitution, but rather, what's our vision for a Peoples Constitution. The following assumptions are the starting point for this PMA. Please join us if you are at least mostly in agreement with these assumptions.
- The USA is not now, nor has it ever been a functioning democracy.
- The United States was founded on stolen land and built using stolen labor from enslaved people.
- The US Constitution was created by and for the wealthy elite of the era - excluding most people living on the land at the time of its crafting. Specifically, the Constitution was written to protect and represent white men with money and/or land.
- The US Constitution is a property rights document, not a human rights document.
- The US Constitution was used to perpetuate and legalize attempted genocide, white supremacy and racism, male domination over women, and class oppression. It took mass social movements—broad, deep, conscious, organized and educated—to make marginal improvements in this country. With each hard-won expansion of suffrage, the governing elite devised mechanisms to shrink what effect the vote could have.
- Any movement that wants to actually create a new world must create new institutions (including new legal institutions) that meet people's needs without destroying the planet that we depend upon for life itself.
- All law should be contingent on and subordinate to the highest laws -- unalienable rights shared equally by all. Because "unalienable rights" are /should be the things most highly valued by society and immune from regulation / limitation. The establishment, protection and enforcement of Unalienable Rights must be the constitution's reason for being and should direct freedom to govern in all things, in the hands of each community, except wherein a law would limit or violate anyone's Unalienable Rights.
- The constitution of any country at its best reflects its collective inspirations and aspirations. It defines the legal framework of how people structure their society -- politically, economically, and socially. Moreover, constitutions are moral or ethical documents -- designating what is right and wrong -- with profound implications on literally every aspect of the lives of people, their communities, country and the natural world.
- The US Constitution should be renewed or rewritten to account for new generations and circumstances, and should exist as a living document which reflects the challenges and opportunities of the times.
- In order to move towards new systems and a new foundational document, we must be bold and visionary in imagining a better world.
- The ultimate goal of mass movements is not only to change the culture, but to codify movement demands into laws and, more importantly, rights.
Partnering OrganizationsIf your organization is interested in partnering, and to learn more about what that means, email Jessica@movetoamend.org.WHENOctober 24, 2020 at 10am - October 25, 2020 at 1pmWHEREOnline Zoom Gathering
Sandy Bolzenius is hosting CENTRAL OHIO: Speaking of Democracy…From Voter to Candidate 2020-09-16 12:49:31 -0700
In a political arena dominated by Big Money, the United States is witnessing, perhaps ironically, an explosion of average citizens like us running for office. With more chutzpah than cash, these first-time candidates are challenging established politicians despite their far greater name-recognition and donor bases. Why? What motivates ordinary citizens to step into the gerrymandered minefield of Ohio politics? This Thursday, Move to Amend Central Ohio will put this question and others to two local first-time candidates:
- Charlotte Owens, seeking to represent District 78 in the Ohio Legislature, and
- Alaina Swope, running to represent District 97 in the Ohio Legislature.
During the panel discussion, moderator Sandy Bolzenius will further inquire as to what it takes for a newcomer to mount an effective campaign in terms of messaging and voter outreach, especially during a pandemic before opening the forum to Q&A. Audience members are encouraged to participate.
By phone, call 312-626-6799 or 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 840 2155 8632
This session is part of Move to Amend, Central Ohio's "Speaking of Democracy" series which probes into local issues and the influence that corporations may have on them. (Note: Successive Supreme Court rulings have ceded to corporations U.S. constitutional rights initially reserved for "We, the People.")WHENSeptember 24, 2020 at 7pm