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Three Wednesday evenings in April 2012, Dr. Sally Goerner, coordinator of Triangle Move to Amend, gave talks at the United Church of Christ in Chapel Hill on changing the economic system. The talks were a teach-in series sponsored by Occupy Chapel Hill.
The 3 sessions covered:
April 11: Democratic Free Enterprise Networks or DFENs (Dr. Goerner and Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller) (see list below of existing local DFEN-like institutions)
Video, courtesy of Gordon Strauss: Part 1, Part 2
April 18: “How to Make Great Change: Harnessing our Collaborative Learning Nature.” Dr. Goerner and Dr. Thomas Griggs of the New Science Consulting Group, who led a group discussion and exercise on practical ways to revitalize group learning.
April 25: “Entering the Next Stage of Civilization: Reasonable Reasons for Hope.” Video, courtesy of Gordon Strauss.
Ongoing Discussion: Lasting Vitality
The teach-in generated such interest that an ongoing reading and discussion group on Lasting Vitality was formed.
It will take place alternate Wednesdays at 7pm at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The first meeting, on May 9, is on Time Banking, Bartering and the Psychology of Give-and-Take.
For more information, email Dr. Sally Goerner.
The Original Teach-In
On Wed., April 11, Sally was joined by Mayor Randy Voller of Pittsboro to talk about “Rethinking Capitalism: Replacing Trickledown with Healthy Networks.” Sally and Randy described DFENs, Democratic Free Enterprise Networks.
From the event flyer: “Six months ago one couldn’t discuss capitalism’s pros and cons without being called a communist, but now, thanks to Occupy, everyone knows the 99%. The challenge now Continue reading
National Move to Amend has announced a major new partnership with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s is making the Get The Dough Out campaign their main cause for 2012.
Click here to watch a short video of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield discussing the new partnership on the Dylan Ratigan show on Feb. 12, 2012.
Triangle Move to Amend met with Rep. Verla Insko and Sen. Ellie Kinnaird in early February, and they are now working to submit legislation to the North Carolina state legislature in May for a “get the dough out,” overturn Citizens United amendment to the North Carolina state constitution. They are also looking to partner with moderate Republicans to make this a bipartisan effort.
For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2012
New Mexico Joins Drive to Overturn Citizens United,
Put Voters Back in Charge
The New Mexico state Senate grabbed a bit of history for itself and the state on Saturday by calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment putting voters, not big dollar donors, at the center of our political campaigns and elections, Common Cause said today.
“This is a great victory for citizen action,” said Common Cause President Bob Edgar. “New Mexico now joins Hawaii as the first states to formally give voice to the frustration millions of Americans are feeling over the huge amount of influence that corporations and the super rich have over our elections.”
“Congress needs to listen and respond to this grassroots support for a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations aren’t people, money isn’t speech and political spending is subject to reasonable limits,” he added.
Through Amend 2012, a national campaign launched last month, Common Cause is lobbying for similar action in other state legislatures and for ballot measures that would permit voters to speak this year – at the ballot box – on the need for a constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case.
The Amend 2012 campaign is focused on securing voter initiative and referenda through which citizens could instruct their representatives in Washington to pass an amendment and send it to the states for ratification.
The court’s 5-4 ruling overturned a century’s worth of laws barring corporations from tapping their treasuries to support or oppose political candidates. It permits them to spend unlimited amounts of money on political advocacy and is expected to trigger hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate spending on the 2012 elections.
“Americans understand that Citizens United inevitably will lead to a more corrupt government, as candidates feel the pressure to give corporations and other big donors a return on their investments,” Edgar said. “The next President and Congress must take on this issue and bring big money under control.”
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.