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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    CENTRAL OHIO: Speaking of Democracy…From Voter to Candidate

    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.

    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84021558632?pwd=VjE0Vm1IaTluNnBxZWtjQXRpTktyQT09

    By phone, call 312-626-6799 or 929-205-6099

    Meeting ID: 840 2155 8632

    Passcode: 2010


    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.")

  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM · 35 rsvps
    Virtual event - please RSVP below

    OHIO: Resisting the Corporatization of Education and Food

    Move to Amend Ohio Network Quarterly Education Program

    **Please RSVP below to receive Zoom link and dial in phone number**

    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.

    Schedule 

    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!

  • SAINT PAUL, MN: Imagining Real Democracy Discussion Series - Tribal Sovereignty

    Imagining Real Democracy discussion series 

    September 28 - *Tribal Sovereignty

    --->Action: PRE-REGISTRATION is required. Email saintpaul@movetoamend.org to receive an invitation to the online meeting connection, any changes, and readings in advance of the discussion. Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line.

    DATE:  September 28, 2020

    TIME: 6-6:15 p.m. Social Gathering; 6:15-8 p.m. Discussion

    LOCATION: Online. This will be held using Google Meet; you must pre-register by contacting Jeff at saintpaul@movetoamend.org.

    QUESTIONS: Jeff at saintpaul@movetoamend.org

    For this discussion, our distinguished guest participant will be Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein (HD 41B), first elected to the MN House of Representatives in 2016, at which point she was one of four Native American members of the legislature. 

    We will be assembling some readings and videos so that you can prepare for the discussion.  Let us know you are interested and when we set up the Google Meet we will include you and send you the reading list.

    *Tribal sovereignty in the United States is the concept of the inherent authority of indigenous tribes to govern themselves within the borders of the United States. Originally, the U.S. federal government recognized American Indian tribes as independent nations, and came to policy agreements with them via treaties. As the U.S. accelerated its westward expansion, internal political pressure grew for "Indian removal", but the pace of treaty-making grew nevertheless. Then the Civil War forged the U.S. into a more centralized and nationalistic country, fueling a "full bore assault on tribal culture and institutions", and pressure for Native Americans to assimilate.[1] In the Indian Appropriations Act of 1871, without any input from Native Americans, Congress prohibited any future treaties. This was steadfastly opposed by Native Americans.[1] Currently, the U.S. recognizes tribal nations as "domestic dependent nations"[2] and uses its own legal system to define the relationship between the federal, state, and tribal governments. Source: Wikipedia

     

  • Wednesday, September 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! :)

  • Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 05:30 PM · 158 rsvps

    ONLINE: Challenging Corporate Rule and Fighting for Democracy in the Age of Coronavirus & Climate Collapse

    Join Move to Amend’s National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap for an inspiring call-to-action and discussion on the nationwide movement to end corporate rule in the age of coronavirus and climate disaster. 

    2020 has brought a lot to bear. Where do we go from here as a movement? What opportunities and threats lie before us? How can we continue to build power for the people?

    • Learn the history of how we got here and what it will take to abolish corporate constitutional rights and get big money out of politics

    • Discover why abolishing corporate constitutional rights is directly connected to reforming campaign finance laws, access to safe food, providing affordable health care, strengthening worker rights,  protecting the environment, and so much more…

    • Find out about specific actions we can take now

    • Get personally inspired and motivated to join the growing democracy movement in the United States

    This discussion will take place online via Zoom. Once you register a link will be sent to your email. 

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 at 05:00 PM · 16 rsvps
    Online Zoom gathering

    ONLINE: The Immorality of the Climate Crisis & Corporate Rule

    **Please RSVP below to receive Zoom link and dial in phone number**

    Presenters

    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.

     

  • Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom

    ANCHORAGE, AK: Affiliate Monthly Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    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.

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM through October 25, 2020 · 164 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 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. 

    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

    *We are working to make translation available for this event* 

    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! :)