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  • rsvped for ONLINE: Peoples Movement Assembly 2020-09-14 16:17:41 -0700

    Peoples Movement Assembly - Towards a Peoples Constitution

    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!  

     

    WHEN
    October 24, 2020 at 10am - October 25, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Online Zoom Gathering
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  • published 2019 Cleveland Democracy Day testimony in Ohio News 2020-08-21 19:23:18 -0700

    2019 Cleveland Democracy Day testimony

    May 23, 2019

     

    Video: https://youtu.be/vy-LygIi4k4

    Lois Romanoff, Move to Amend Cleveland

    Charter schools fail and close for a variety of reasons all the time, namely financial malfeasance and poor academic performance.

    Read more

  • published Oregon in Local Groups 2020-05-08 13:39:02 -0700

    Oregon Move to Amend

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    Amendment Working Groups

    We the People Ashland

    Ashland
    Dave Hyde
    Email Us
    541-892-1999

    We the People Corvallis

    Corvallis
    Rachel Ozretich
    Email Us
    541-758-3221

    Local Affiliates

    Move to Amend Portland

    Portland
    Darla Truitt
    portland-or@movetoamend.org
    503-649-5511
    Visit Our Facebook Page

    Oregon Move to Amend is a state network of advocates and affiliates collaborating together across the 36 counties of the Beaver State.

    For information on how to get involved, contact: 
    Darla Truitt
    503-649-5511
    oregon@movetoamend.org


    Communities in Support

    Resolutions & Ordinances Passed

    Baker City Council

    Coos Bay City Council

    Newport City Council

    Oregon State House of Representatives

    Oregon State Senate

    Portland City Council

    Silverton City Council

    Ballot Initiatives Passed

    City of Ashland

    City of Corvallis


    Endorsing Organizations

    Health Care for All Oregon

    Main Street Alliance of Oregon

    Occupy Salem Oregon

    Pacific Green Party of Oregon

    Progressive Party of Oregon

    SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union

    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem Oregon

    Portland Jobs with Justice

    Jackson County Democrats/ Occupy Ashland

    Oregon Black Political Convention

    Democratic Party of Douglas County, Oregon


    Oregon's Congressional Delegation

    U.S. SENATE

    Senator:


    Cosponsor: NO
    Pledge Signer: NO


    DC Office:
    221 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C., 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-5244
    Fax: (202) 228-2717
    Contact

    Senator:


    Cosponsor: NO
    Pledge Signer: 
    NO


    DC Office:
    313 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-3753
    Fax: (202) 228-3997
    Contact

    U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    1st District:

    Cosponsor:YES
    Pledge Signer: YES


    DC Office:

    2231 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-0855
    Fax: (202) 225-9497
    Contact

    View District Map

    2nd District:

    Cosponsor:NO
    Pledge Signer: NO


    DC Office:

    2185 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-6730
    Fax: (202) 225-5774
    Contact

    View District Map
    3rd District:

    Cosponsor:YES
    Pledge Signer: NO


    DC Office:

    1111 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-4811
    Fax: (202) 225-8941
    Contact

    View District Map

    4th District:

    Cosponsor:YES
    Pledge Signer: YES


    DC Office:

    2134 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202-225-6416
     
    5th District:

    Cosponsor: NO
    Pledge Signer: YES


    DC Office:
    2431 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-5711
    Fax: (202) 225-5699
    Contact

    View District Map

     

     


  • published Rhode Island in Local Groups 2020-05-08 10:10:51 -0700

    Rhode Island Move to Amend

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    Rhode Island Move to Amend is a state network of advocates representing a coalition of communities within the state of Rhode Island. Our seat of leadership is based in Providence.

    For more information or to get involved, contact: 
    Bobbie Hunger, 401-588-1355, rhodeisland@movetoamend.org


    Endorsing Organizations

    East Bay Citizens for Peace

    Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation

    U.S. SENATE

    Senator:
    John “Jack” Reed
    John “Jack” Reed


    Cosponsor: NO
    Pledge Signer: NO


    DC Office: 
    728 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-4642
    Fax: (202) 224-4680
    Contact

    Senator:
    Sheldon Whitehouse
    Sheldon Whitehouse


    Cosponsor: NO
    Pledge Signer:
    Yes


    DC Office:
    530 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-2921
    Fax: (202) 228-6362
    Contact

    U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    1st District:

    Cosponsor: NO
    Pledge Signer: NO


    DC Office:
    2233 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-4911
    Fax: (202) 225-3290
    Contact

    View District Map

    2nd District:

    Cosponsor:NO
    Pledge Signer: YES


    DC Office:
    1527 Longworth HOB   
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-5161
    Fax: (202) 225-5163
    Contact

    View District Map

     


  • donated 2020-10-16 07:03:41 -0700