Monday, August 1, 2011

MOVE to AMEND Ohio Update

1. Minutes from July statewide conference call
2. Website update
3. National Move to Amend webinars
4. Stand up for Ohio Festival – Move to Amend Ohio table
5. Democracy Convention


Minutes from July statewide conference call
See attached. Thanks to Karen Hansen for facilitating and Michael Greenman for taking note.
Please read and participate where you can!
Our next call is Saturday, August 20 @ 9 AM.
Phone # (new toll-free number): 1-866-256-1242
Access Code: 21676526


Website update
Please visit our updated website --
Thanks to Jeff Klein for making the changes.


National Move to Amend webinars
Want to find out more about Move to Amend? Participate in a live webinar.
Orientation webinar:
Next Take Action Monthly webinar — August 2. More information at


Stand up for Ohio Festival -- Move to Amend Ohio table
On Saturday, August 20th, the biggest free concert to hit Ohio this summer will take place at the Ohio Fairgrounds. The Ohio Players, Grand Funk Railroad, Nikki Giovanni, and others will be performing, while informative speakers touch on a range of issues important to our jobs and communities.

Move to Amend Ohio has a table at this concert — which runs from Noon to 8:30 PM
We need volunteers to man/woman/staff the table. Can you help for an hour or two?
If so, please indicate what shift(s) you can be there
Noon-1:30 pm
1:30- 3:00 pm
3:00-4:30 pm
4:30 – 6:00 pm
6:00-7:30 pm
7:30-8:30 pm
Please email to

Further details of the event are at


Democracy Convention
August 24-8 / Madison, WI /
Registration is cheap. Host housing is available. Car/van pooling is available.
If interested in attending and would like a ride, contact or

If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most -- in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution -- you will find something inspiring in Madison this August.

More than one conference, this first Democracy Convention will house at least nine conferences under one roof. As the great progressive reformer Fighting Bob La Follette said, "democracy is a life," and "involves constant struggle" in all sectors of society. With the 2011 Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each of these separate democracy struggles, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy.

A new movement -- a democracy movement -- was born in the streets of Seattle on November 30, 1999. This movement's early years were not easy. Pro-democracy organizers faced crisis after crisis: the stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004; the militarization of America that followed September 11th; the destruction of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina; the Supreme Court ruling that corporations wield constitutional rights to buy elections; and today, an economic crisis that is being used to impose fiscal austerity and corporatization schemes on our states and people.

Through these difficult struggles, the new democracy movement has taken form, expanded, and matured. Now it is time for a coming-of-age celebration. This is the moment to unite in one location the many different efforts to build genuine democracy in the United States. And what better place to come together, and to rejoice, than in Madison, Wisconsin, the city and state that have inspired people everywhere to declare that "We are Wisconsin!"

The Democracy Convention is a project of the Liberty Tree Foundation and co-convened by the Alliance for Democracy, Progressive Magazine, and Move to Amend. We thank our local partners on our Host Committee, as well as our national partners whose support as Major Sponsors, National Sponsor, Co-Sponsors, Endorsers, and Conference Conveners, has been vital. To find out how your organization, union, business, or community can join us, click here:

Democracy is coming . . . to the U.S.A.

NOTE: Part of the conference will include a “Move to Amend Affiliate Gathering.”
Goals of the Gathering are:
*To solidify the relationship between MTA coalition members and the national campaign team
*To connect our coalition partners with each other
*To bring in new coalition partners
*To provide an opportunity for training and strategic discussion in support of the Move to Amend campaign
More information of the Affiliate Gathering:

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