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  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 05:30 PM · 5 rsvps
    Zoom virtual event in -code: 623767, OH

    TOLEDO, OH: Fourth Annual Democracy Day 2020

    City of Toledo

    Public Hearing

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    Zoom Virtual Meeting
    5:30 PM


    The purpose of the Public Hearing is for:
    Democracy Day


    The Public Hearing will examine the impact of political contributions of corporations, unions, PACS and Super-PACS on the City, as well as other issues that arise from the Supreme Court's decisions to give corporations the rights of real persons.

     

    DEMOCRACY DAY ESSAY CONTEST 


    For Democracy Day 2020, a committee encouraged students at the college and high school level to research and express their views on corporate personhood.  The contest went out to High School teachers and College profressors to offer to their students.
     
    The writing prompts were used to generate the essays. 
     
    A winner was selected from each the college and high school level. 

     
    Media Literacy and Democracy
    Pierrette Dagg 
    2.29.20

    From public awareness of a candidate to media buying power, the spread of misinformation, and media literacy education, campaign spending can be an indicator of an election’s outcome. However, there is a mixed opinion in scholarly articles which examine whether or not a candidate’s likelihood of winning an election can be linked to the amount of money spent during an electoral competition. According to Bonneau (2007), in State Supreme Court elections, an incumbent’s campaign spend does not influence an election’s outcome; however, a challenger’s spending can impact the results (p. 497). Other scholars, such as Nice (1987), have posited that campaign spending is more effective for certain political parties than others. More research is needed on the links between campaign financing and electoral outcomes. 

    An additional area of inquiry must include the ways in which mass media advertising impacts public awareness of political contenders. Capitalistic systems do not promote a democratic society. Media and advertisements are dominated by those with the largest buying power, which could influence voters’ political awareness and positions. Links between awareness and financing are not the only issue when examining the connections between money and mass media. DeMarrais et. Al. (2019) wrote, “In short, the rise of news and fake news across social media and the ability to spread false information across many platforms demand that we understand how the platforms are used and how they ought to be used” (p. 317). The spread of misinformation by the most affluent candidate or party can be just as impactful as standard campaign advertising.

    Research regarding media literacy for adults, educators and students will also be conducted. DeMarrais, et. Al. (2019) said, “Because the majority of Americans get their information from local television news, what becomes important is consideration of who owns the majority of that news medium” (p. 317). I believe that a public understanding of the implications of media ownership on society has lain fallow and is fertile ground for work by activist scholars.

    Questions that need to be addressed include: Does the amount of money a candidate spends impact the outcome of an election overall? How does media spending influence a race? Can media literacy and an understanding of who owns the media impact these outcomes? What are the implications of these questions on a democratic society? One potential framework to provide a lens for discourse on the topic could include Beane and Apple’s (2007) “values and principles of democracy,” which include the “open flow of ideas” and “critical reflection and analysis.” Without an understanding of financing and media influence on election results, these democratic principles will be unachievable.  I urge Toledo City Council to support efforts to support public awareness of media ownership and its impact on democracy, as well as supporting media literacy within the general citizenship. 

    Sources: 

    • Apple, M. and Beane, J. (2007). “The Case for Democratic Schools.” In Apple, Michael W. and James A. Beane. 2007. Democratic Schools: Lessons in Powerful Education (pp.5-8, 14-19).
    • Heinemann Bonneau, C. (2007). The Effects of Campaign Spending in State Supreme Court Elections. Political Research Quarterly, 60(3), pp. 489-499.  
    • deMarrais, K., Brewer, T. J., Herron, B., Atkinson, J. (2019). Philanthropy, Hidden Strategy, and Collective Resistance (p. 317). Myers Education Press. Kindle Edition. 
    • Nice, D. (1987). Campaign Spending & Presidential Election Results. Polity, 19(3), pp. 464-476. The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Northeastern Political Science Association. 

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    Democracy Day Essay
    Rachel Avina
    Feb. 25, 2020

    I am not a politician, nor am I an activist. Simply put, I am a citizen. Some days, I feel like that title holds more weight. It is the sacred duty of all citizens to uphold the law and to revise the law when it is corrupt. A corporation is not a citizen. But through the justice system, five Supreme Court judges determined in their ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have personhood. “Corporate personhood” grant corporations constitution rights and legal standing, something previously reserved solely by the people. These rights allow Marathon Petroleum to give $2.5 million to politicians in Washington, D.C. The Tobacco Industry exercises its rights by slipping $29,400 in Kevin McCarthy’s back pocket. Each back scratch and under the table handshake is legal, protected by the First Amendment right to free speech. Defined by the Constitution, freedom of speech is the ability to talk and express freely without fear of punishment. However, companies convey free speech through donations and money. Actions like these give businesses power over our elections and officeholders. Corporate America has put a price tag on our elections, and it’s in the billions. Compromised representatives threaten our democracy. The law is no longer objective, and it is the people that suffer the consequences, not corporations. All of this begs the question; Are your representatives for sale?

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM through October 25, 2020 · 365 rsvps
    Online Zoom Gathering

    ONLINE: Peoples Movement Assembly

    Peoples Movement Assembly - Towards a Peoples Constitution

    October 2020

    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  

    RSVP AND REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE


    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

     


    Assumptions

    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.  

    1. The USA is not now, nor has it ever been a functioning democracy.
    2. The United States was founded on stolen land and built using stolen labor from enslaved people.
    3. 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. 
    4. The US Constitution is a property rights document, not a human rights document.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. In order to move towards new systems and a new foundational document, we must be bold and visionary in imagining a better world.
    11. 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 Organizations 

    If your organization is interested in partnering, and to learn more about what that means, email Jessica@movetoamend.org. 

     


    PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS A TWO-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS: Once you RSVP below, you'll receive an email directing you to register on zoom. You are not registered until you've done the second step. 


    We hope you'll join us for two days of imagining and planning for a more just and sustainable world - a world we want and deserve

     

    Find the event on Facebook HERE

    *IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH, OR HAVE ANY ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS, PLEASE EMAIL JESSICA@MOVETOAMEND.ORG*  

    Towards a Peoples Constitution!  

     

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

    ONLINE: Monthly Live Report (Tune in via Facebook or Twitter)

    Join us the last WEDNESDAY of every month at 5PM PT / 8 PM ET on Facebook or Twitter for our monthly Live Report!

    Get the #CorporateRule news that we're tracking, learn about what we've been working on, get the latest updates from our grassroots chapters across the country, and find out what's ahead for next month and beyond! 

    How to attend?

    It's super easy: 

    Step 1: Pick your platform! Like the Move to Amend Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter (if you haven't already).

    Step 2: Visit us the last Wednesday of every month on Facebook or Twitter at 3pm Hawaii / 4pm Alaska / 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern and the live transmission will start playing at the top of our page. You don't need to do anything. 

    Step 3: If you know other folks who would be interested in learning about Move to Amend, SHARE the video on your FB page, or RT if you're tuning in on Twitter. 

    Step 4: During the transmission, say hello, share where are you from and post your questions or comments. 

    Will there be a replay? 

    Yes, just visit our website tomorrow where we will post the link. Downside? You won't get your question answered live ;-). We will also post the recording to our YouTube Channel the morning after if you don't use social media. 

    Not sure what time the live stream is where you live?

    Use this time zone tool to find out. 

    See you there!

    P.S. Did we mention that we always give away some Move to Amend goodies? Two listeners will get a Move to Amend T-Shirt! You have to tune in live for the chance to win one of the prizes! :)

  • Friday, October 30, 2020 at 06:00 PM · 27 rsvps

    ONLINE: Fright Night - Racism, Corporate Power, and other Horrors.

    Fright Night: Racism, Corporate Power, and other Horrors

    Film Screening & Discussion

    Friday, October 30th

    6pm Pacific / 9 pm Eastern

    (The Zoom capacity for this event is limited to 100 participants.) 

    How do horror movies reflect culture, attitudes, and social values? How do they help people endure racism and oppression? Join Move to Amend as we screen classic cult and horror films and discuss together how these films highlight systemic racism and social justice issues in the United States. 

    --->To receive a Zoom link to join the movie screening and discussion, RSVP below and a link will be emailed to you. 

    Check out and share our Facebook event HERE

     

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    We are currently meeting on Zoom

    PENSACOLA, FL: North West Florida MTA Monthly Meeting

    We are an active group that meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Due to CoVID -19, we are currently meeting through the Zoom Platform from 7:00-8:30 pm. You are welcome to join us on-line or via phone! For more information please Contact Mike Potters at 850-512-4893.

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom

    ANCHORAGE, AK: Affiliate Monthly Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

    ONLINE: Monthly Live Report (Tune in via Facebook or Twitter)

    Join us the last WEDNESDAY of every month at 5PM PT / 8 PM ET on Facebook or Twitter for our monthly Live Report!

    Get the #CorporateRule news that we're tracking, learn about what we've been working on, get the latest updates from our grassroots chapters across the country, and find out what's ahead for next month and beyond! 

    How to attend?

    It's super easy: 

    Step 1: Pick your platform! Like the Move to Amend Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter (if you haven't already).

    Step 2: Visit us the last Wednesday of every month on Facebook or Twitter at 3pm Hawaii / 4pm Alaska / 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern and the live transmission will start playing at the top of our page. You don't need to do anything. 

    Step 3: If you know other folks who would be interested in learning about Move to Amend, SHARE the video on your FB page, or RT if you're tuning in on Twitter. 

    Step 4: During the transmission, say hello, share where are you from and post your questions or comments. 

    Will there be a replay? 

    Yes, just visit our website tomorrow where we will post the link. Downside? You won't get your question answered live ;-). We will also post the recording to our YouTube Channel the morning after if you don't use social media. 

    Not sure what time the live stream is where you live?

    Use this time zone tool to find out. 

    See you there!

    P.S. Did we mention that we always give away some Move to Amend goodies? Two listeners will get a Move to Amend T-Shirt! You have to tune in live for the chance to win one of the prizes! :)

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 07:30 PM
    We are currently meeting on Zoom

    PENSACOLA, FL: North West Florida MTA Monthly Meeting

    We are an active group that meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month. Due to CoVID -19 we are currently meeting through the Zoom Platform from 7:30-9:00 pm. You are welcome to join us on-line or via phone! For more information please Contact Mike Potters at 850-512-4893.

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom

    ANCHORAGE, AK: Affiliate Monthly Meeting

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

    ONLINE: Monthly Live Report (Tune in via Facebook or Twitter)

    Join us the last WEDNESDAY of every month at 5PM PT / 8 PM ET on Facebook or Twitter for our monthly Live Report!

    Get the #CorporateRule news that we're tracking, learn about what we've been working on, get the latest updates from our grassroots chapters across the country, and find out what's ahead for next month and beyond! 

    How to attend?

    It's super easy: 

    Step 1: Pick your platform! Like the Move to Amend Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter (if you haven't already).

    Step 2: Visit us the last Wednesday of every month on Facebook or Twitter at 3pm Hawaii / 4pm Alaska / 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern and the live transmission will start playing at the top of our page. You don't need to do anything. 

    Step 3: If you know other folks who would be interested in learning about Move to Amend, SHARE the video on your FB page, or RT if you're tuning in on Twitter. 

    Step 4: During the transmission, say hello, share where are you from and post your questions or comments. 

    Will there be a replay? 

    Yes, just visit our website tomorrow where we will post the link. Downside? You won't get your question answered live ;-). We will also post the recording to our YouTube Channel the morning after if you don't use social media. 

    Not sure what time the live stream is where you live?

    Use this time zone tool to find out. 

    See you there!

    P.S. Did we mention that we always give away some Move to Amend goodies? Two listeners will get a Move to Amend T-Shirt! You have to tune in live for the chance to win one of the prizes! :)