2. Upcoming Community Information/Organizing Meetings – Cleveland, Lakewood, Cleveland Hts
3. Labor Day parade -- Barberton
4. Tabling -- Akron
5. Stand up for Ohio Festival – Move to Amend Ohio table - Columbus
6. Democracy Convention – Madison, WI – Transportation from Ohio
7. Next statewide conference call – Saturday, August 20
ps – Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Corporate Personhood
New Move to Amend Local Affiliates
Columbus: Contact Michael Greenman for list of actions
Medina: Contact Carolyn Boyce for a list of actions
Upcoming Community Information/Organizing Meetings
August 23/6:30 pm/Lakewood Public Library/15425 Detroit Rd/Susanna DeSorgo / email@example.com
September 1/7:00pm/Cleveland Heights Public Library/2345 Lee Rd/Greg Coleridge/ firstname.lastname@example.org
September 6/5:30pm/Harvey Rice Library/11535 Shaker Blvd/Cleveland /Lois Romanoff/ email@example.com
The short film, The Story of Citizens United vs FEC will be shown at each event followed by discussion of approaching groups and city councils for endorsement.
To schedule a meeting in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Labor Day Parade
Move to Amend Ohio will be marching in the Barberton Labor Day parade -- one of the largest Labor Day parades in Ohio. We will have our Move to Amend Ohio banner, Corporations are NOT People signs, flags of several kinds, and petitions. It’s Monday, September 5 — stepping off at 10 AM. If you’re able to march, RSVP email@example.com for further details.
Move to Amend petitions have been at several festivals this summer. The next one is Saturday, September 3/10am –7 pm/Highland Square Arts Festival in Akron. If you can staff the table for any time, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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 – already covered
1:30- 3:00 pm – already covered
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Please email to email@example.com
Further details of the event are at http://standupforohio.org/events/?event_id=36
August 24-8 / Madison, WI / http://democracyconvention.org
Registration is cheap. Host housing is available. Car/van pooling is available.
If interested in attending and would like a ride, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
ABOUT THE CONVENTION
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 DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT
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: http://democracyconvention.org/sponsor-convention
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: http://movetoamend.org/register-affiliate-gathering-august-2011
Next Move to Amend Ohio Conference Call
Saturday, August 20 @ 9 AM.
Phone # (new toll-free number): 1-866-256-1242 Access Code: 21676526
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Corporate Personhood
“Corporations are people, my friend,” Mr. Romney responded, as the hecklers shouted back, “No, they’re not!” “Of course they are,” Mr. Romney said, chuckling slightly. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
Colbert's 'defense' of Romney's 'corporations are people' comment