Imagining Democracy Alert - Saint Paul Area

January 7, 2020

Newsletter of Saint Paul Area Move to Amend Affiliate


1.    Workshop:  Race to the 21st -- the 21st state to request amendment
2.    Reminder of Imagining Real Democracy discussion series
a.    January 27 - Genuine Progress Indicator
b.    February 24 - Immigration, Detention, Deportation in MN
c.    March 23 - MN Healthcare to All
d.    April 27 - MN Food Production and labeling
e.    May 18 - Eleanor Roosevelt:  Movements are Necessary
3.    Internship position available, with stipend
4.    Urge your county commissioners to support Move to Amend legislation
5.    Petition for democracy - It’s easy!
6.    Legislative session starts February 11 – along with Rally at the State Capitol


1.  WORKSHOP:  Race to be 21st – The 21st state to request amendment

Join us --

DATE:  Saturday January 25,
TIME:  10am - 12noon. 
PLACE:   North Regional Library
ADDRESS: 1315 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

MN Move to Amend and MN American Promise are co-sponsoring a workshop to motivate your activism on several fronts.  You are invited to join us for these 'how to” workshops:

  • How to Introduce the We the People resolution to your party caucus
  • How to Provide testimony at MN legislative hearings on our resolutions (HF2701 and SF2038)
  • How to write, email or call your state senator and representative to get them to co-sponsor the bills (SF2038 and HF 2701)
  • How to write a letter to the editor

Volunteers from our organizations will guide these separate activities. Invited MN legislators will speak about the bills they are co-sponsoring and their importance to democracy.

For email updates on developing details for this event, including its location in the Twin Cities, contact us at minnesota [at]  Use the subject: “Race to be 21st”. Also keep checking our Saint Paul Area Facebook  and the Minnesota webpage for updates.



2.            Jan. 27 - Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) with Ken Pentel

During this year’s slog toward Election Day, you may want to prepare yourself for discussions about the economy and how policy affects many aspects of life in the U.S. that you value.

Economist and 2006 gubernatorial candidate Ken Pentel will lead a discussion about Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), a more informative measure of the economy than the quarterly reports of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), often cited by lawmakers, political candidates, and pundits.

Developed after the Great Depression as a way to gauge the country’s economic recovery, GDP reports the sum of all economic transactions in the country, but fails to report the impact of non-market factors:

●      Distribution: How well are households doing?
●      Quality vs Quantity: What are the social and environmental costs of economic activities?
●      Real Economic Value vs Borrowed and Speculative Gains:  What is the effect of behaviors that can promote risk-taking and “bubbles”
●      Depletion of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services: What is the impact of economic activity that pollutes or contributes to global warming?
●      Non-market activities: What is the value of effort such as parenting, volunteerism, community activities?
●      Social well-being: What are the levels of factors such as poverty, literacy, life expectancy?

Alternatively, the 42 factors that comprise GPI report the value of household and volunteer work, plus “ecosystem life support services” while also measuring “crime, pollution, sickness, and environmental degradation as costs not gains to the economy.”

Join us on Jan. 27 to learn more about GPI, and join the discussion, if you wish. You’ll be better positioned for campaign-related discussions ahead.

DATE: Jan. 27, 2020
TIME: 6-6:15 p.m. Social Gathering; 6:15-8:00 p.m. Program
PLACE:  Mississippi Market
ADDRESS: 1500 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

QUESTIONS: Contact: Sarah at saintpaul [at]

PRE-REGISTER:  Though not required, email saintpaul [at]  to receive discussion reminders, changes to venue, etc. and readings in advance of the discussions. Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line.



3.            Internship position available, with stipend

This grassroots democracy intern position  provides a paid opportunity for someone located in Minnesota to work with the Minnesota affiliates to work on grassroots democracy by developing social media, multigenerational outreach, political and issue analysis articles, direct action, fundraising appeal and more. The position will support and expand the movement to grow democracy and pass the We the People Amendment.

Please help us find someone to join the team by sharing this with others.  Email barbara [at] for more information.



4.            Urge your county commissioners to support Move to Amend legislation

Your county Board of Commissioners can send a strong signal to legislators that constituents care about democracy by passing a resolution. To reach your county commissioners, visit the Association of Minnesota Counties list of County Websites and search for Board of Commissioners.

Call or email them the following message:

Move To Amend and communities across the country are working to defend democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate power by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:

1.      Only human beings, not corporations and other legal entities, are persons endowed with constitutional rights, and
2.     Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.


As a constituent, I hereby ask the  _______________  Board of Commissioners to adopt a resolution to instruct our state and federal representatives to enact legislation to advance this effort.



5.            Petition for Democracy -- it’s easy

You can help gather signatures in support of the petition statement.  It is the best way to educate the public. Community festivals, political rallies, grocery stores, film screenings, rallies of local organizations, and other local events can provide good opportunities for outreach. 

The growing list of petition signers is shared with state and federal elected officials in order to demonstrate that a growing number of their own constituents want them to co-sponsor the We the People bills.

There are three ways people can sign the petition that says: 

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

So try these ways:  

1)   Text AMEND to 38470 or
2)   Sign the petition online at or
3)   Print the Move to Amend form, then get four people to sign the petition.  
4)   Please forward this to friends and family and ask them to sign the petition too.

You can help double the number of signers in our metro area by asking people in your community to sign the petition.


6.            Legislative session starts February 11 – along with Rally at the State Capitol

RepresentUS MN is sponsoring a rally on the first day of the new legislature to inspire and recruit the public to connect with groups that are working to fix our democractic process. MN Move to Amend will be one of the groups tabling at the Capitol Rotunda in the afternoon, 2 – 4:30pm.

For more information about this event as planning develops, contact [at] or visit their website. 

If you'd like to help out with tabling, please contact us at minnesota [at]  Use the subject: “Feb 11 rally.”